This area is home to a vibrant and diverse community of innovative residents. Lewisham caters to everyone, from young to old, different backgrounds and professions. Young professionals have started to identify the Lewisham Gateway development as a great place to reside, with its contemporary apartments, swift access to various amenities and great transport links.
Located under seven miles south-east of London, Lewisham was once a small village, becoming very popular with wealthy residents from the 17th till the 18th century. In the 19th century, the railway service was introduced, creating an influx of residents. Lewisham is a hub for transport links with the DLR station bringing services from Canary Wharf and Stratford, which is especially great for those working in the financial industry. The area has undergone plenty of development in the town centre recently, bringing great leisure facilities and businesses such as Asda to the town. It has such a great atmosphere with so much potential; the Greater London Authority (GLA) has been instrumental in creating ways for Lewisham to become one of the leading towns in south-east London.
There are wealthy period properties in the conservation areas, placed closer to Blackheath. Belmont conservation area was designated in January 2001. These properties were designed by Reginald C. Fry between 1907 and 1909. These properties are sought after with great styles between Arts and Crafts, Neo-Georgian, Old English and Queen Anne. A five-bedroom semi-detached house in Boyne Road recently sold for £1,250,000. Somerset Gardens conservation area which was designed by Alfred Cross is a secluded cul de sac of detached villas and terraces built in the 1860s. The properties numbered 4-11 and 14-18 are listed buildings.
Interesting facts about Lewisham
The historic Lewisham Clock Tower that is located on Lewisham high street was completed in 1900 to commemorate Queen Vicotria diamond jubilee of 1897.
The Docklands Lights Railway extension from the Isle of Dogs opened in 1999.
St Mary Church, a significant landmark, is the oldest building in Lewisham. The historic church is 1,100 years old – to this day, its importance is held highly with locals attending as a place of worship.
Lewisham suffered a lot during World War II. The heavy bombing impacted the high street and as a result, the area was rebuilt in the 1950s.
Lewisham Art House is a Grade II listed building showcasing various exhibitions, public gallery and workshop programmes.
Lewisham is a busy town with an adequate size shopping centre and an excellent street market catering to people 7 days a week.
Attractions in Lewisham
The lively and bubbly town has so much to offer with the popular high street shops for the locals. Lewisham Shopping Centre has received a number of upgrades with Marks & Spencer, Foot Locker, Gap and many more. Lewisham high street hosts several markets with a great variety of things from fresh fish, fruits, meats, clothing and different household items. It has been trading since the early 1900s and has become a vital part of the area.
Lewisham Park is a small secluded place away from the busy high street. The facilities in the park include a play area and it’s a great way for locals to enjoy a stroll with opportunities to meet other locals. It is close to a number of green spaces including Ladywell Fields, Mountsfield Park and Hilly Fields.
Lewisham Glass Mill Leisure Centre has become an important part of the area bringing children and families together. The centre has some excellent facilities including the latest gym and fitness equipment, two swimming pools, a wide variety of programme of group exercise classes, creche, café plus so much more. This is a perfect way for locals to keep healthy; the area also has The Gym Group, Pure Gym and Anytime Fitness which are all 24/7 gyms.
Lewisham does not disappoint with its options for food providing an international choice of cuisine catering to different tastes. Enish is Nigerian cuisine with various chains in south London delivering smoked fish, beef suya, tilapia and their popular jollof rice. Antonio Delicatessen is the best place for a scamorza or aged parmesan; they also offer homemade arancini and Italian charcuterie. Their service is wonderful and never disappoints.
The area gives you places to drink like the Lewisham Tavern which is a local pub. For a different scenery, there is The Fox & Firkin located on the high street; it is home to live underground music, with an ever-changing menu of artisan ales and craft beers.
Major developments in Lewisham
Lewisham Gateway is one of the largest regeneration schemes in south east London, creating over 1000 homes, including 892 apartments. The development is a joint project between Lewisham Gateway Developments and London Borough of Lewisham, supported by Homes England. Lewisham as a borough will benefit from the exciting amenities and environmental enrichment; these will not only create job opportunities for the residents but also create something great in south-east London.
Lewisham Exchange, which is being developed by Tide Construction, will be an exciting new development where the Carpetright store was once located, providing 758 student rooms and 67 affordable homes. These buildings will be connected to the Bakerloo line extension, as well as creating retail, commercial and student amenities.
Education in Lewisham
Primary school choices for parents in the area include St Margaret’s Lee Church of England, which is regarded as outstanding via Ofsted, along with St Saviour’s Roman Catholic and St Mary’s Church of England. Prendergast Vale School gives education from ages three to sixteen and Christ the King Sixth Form College and Lewisham College help kids post-age 16. For more information on the performance of these schools, please visit gov.uk.
Places of worship in Lewisham
There are many places of worship in the neighbourhood offering locals a chance to experience new faiths or continue to follow their faiths. There is Loampit Gospel, St Stephen’s, St Mary Church, St Saviour Church, Lewisham Islamic Centre and many more.
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Who is this area good for?
Source the Area think this area is a particularly good fit for commuters and first time buyers.
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Average property prices in Lewisham
These property prices are shared with Ladywell, since they use the same postcode
Lewisham – 25 mins to London Victoria, 15 mins to London Cannon Street, 20 mins to London Charing Cross
108 to Stratford
178 to Woolwich
185 to London Victoria
261 to Locksbottom
621 to Avery Hill
P4 to Brixton
N21 to Bexleyheath/Trafalgar Square
Easy access to the A20 for the M25 and Folkestone, and the A21 for Bromley/Sevenoaks/Hastings
The Quietway 1 (Q1) starts in Lewisham and heads up towards Waterloo and the West End
Nearby pier at Greenwich
Best roads in Lewisham
Crime in Lewisham
In August 2020, Lewisham had a total of 44 harassments, 29 assaults without any injury and 26 violent related crimes. The area has 10 crimes a month per 1,000 residents, which is above the London average of 8 crimes a month per 1,000 residents. For more information and crime prevention advice, please visit Met Police.