St Johns is a wonderful location, with Deptford to the south, Lewisham spilling north-west and Brockley in the north-east.
St Johns is well connected through railway transport. Elverson Road DLR station allows quick journeys to Canary Wharf and London Docklands. St Johns station is located in London travel zone 2 and has excellent transport links into London Bridge and London Cannon Street. There are also services in the other direction towards south-east London and Kent. This enhances the desirability of the area, attracting a variety of people, particularly young professional couples purchasing their first property together and planning to start a family.
St Johns has an extensive range of gorgeous period homes of which a majority of them have remained intact over long periods of time. The oldest surviving terrace house is on Friendly Street which dates back to 1806. Brookmill Road conservation area was designated in 1972; the area was developed to provide new houses within Deptford New Town to deal with its expanding population. This was formally owned and controlled by Jonathan Lucas between the 1850s and 1870s.
Interesting facts about St Johns
St Johns Society was formed in 1997 with the aim of improving the area and the wellbeing of the residents.
St Johns was once called Deptford New Town.
St Johns Church was built in 1855, by the well-known architect, Philip Charles Hardwick.
The former Cranbrook pub (1854) was refurbished and reopened as the Brookmill in 2016.
The stunning Palladian Grade II Stone House was built in 1773. It was built by the architect George Gibson.
Attractions in St Johns
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Centre has had a huge impact on the community by inspiring and enabling the success of young people who come from disadvantaged and underrepresented background. The charity works with schools to help and improve young peoples’ lives. In 2018, the charity launched ‘Your Space’ which allowed people in the local community and entrepreneurs to rent affordable event and working spaces. In 2020, they aim to:
- Provide 1,000 young people with career guides through their school’s programme
- Support 250 young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds through the trust flagship Building Futures programme
- Award up to £150,000 of bursaries and scholarships to support students who would otherwise struggle to stay in education
Deptford and St Johns share the same SE8 postcode. The gentrification in Deptford is rising at a rapid pace and the changes have been positive. Culture is a major part of Deptford. The Albany Theatre has been around for over a century hosting theatre, music, poetry and much more. Deptford also offers several amenities including Laban Theatre, Deptford Market Yard, Deptford Lounge, Wavelength Leisure Centre and a variety of exquisite international restaurants.
Lewisham shopping centre is under a mile away from St Johns and offers a wide variety of shops. There are many different chains within the shopping centre including a supersized Marks and Spencer, alongside popular and household-loved stores such as Primark and H&M. There are also plenty of food shops/restaurants around the town centre.
Located near to St Johns DLR station is a large playing field known as Broadway Fields. It was built in 2002 and has great accessibility from the DLR station with paths on both sides of the river. It includes a 5-a-side football pitch, table tennis and a basketball court. In the summer, this play area becomes very lively offering opportunities for locals to get some fresh air and keep active. St Johns also offers Friendly Gardens which has several entrances from Lewisham Way, Thornville Street, Friendly Street and Lucas Street. Friendly Gardens is looked after by locals, allowing the green space to be enjoyed by everyone that visits Broadway Fields.
At just nine acres, Brookmill Park may be small but it is also enjoyed by the whole community. As part of the Brookmill conservation area, it contains a refurbished lake, play area, an ornamental garden and nature reserve. It is a great place for friends or family to enjoy a picnic on a sunny day.
The most popular drinking spots located in the area are Royal Standard, Royal George and Brookmill Pub & Kitchen. Brookmill Pub & Kitchen is a Victorian corner pub that serves tasty British dishes with fresh products, recently adapting their menu to include a variety of vegan dishes. The pub/kitchen is ideal for the area allowing locals an opportunity to socialise and relax.
Major developments in St Johns
Although there may not be any recent developments happening in the area, there are two major developments happening down the road. Lewisham Gateway by Muse Developments is one of the largest regeneration schemes in south-east London. Muse Developments have said this construction “will provide a new heart for Lewisham town centre with high-quality buildings and major new public realm connected to its surroundings”.
Deptford Landings, formerly The Timberyard, which is situated next to Deptford Park offering 28 acres of green space in a large new home development set to transform Deptford, creating 1000 modern homes, a new park and various additional facilities.
Deptford Foundry is made up of eight buildings and one tower. The development offers more than 300 homes with a mixture of private and social use. There is a selection of one, two and three-bedroom homes ranging from £395,000-775,000.
Education in St Johns
St Johns offers three primary schools in the area which are Lucas Vale, Ashmead Primary School and St Stephen Church of England School. Addey & Stanhope is located on New Cross Road and is a mixed secondary school in close proximity to St Johns. For those trying to further their education, Lewisham College offer an exciting range of work-focused courses and great facilities. For more information about the performance of the schools in the area, please visit gov.uk.
Places of worship in St Johns
The area has one of the most historic churches located on St Johns Vale, with it even bearing the name of the neighbourhood St Johns. The parish is held highly within the community and has been described as “evangelical with a strong commitment to bible teaching, prayer and mission”. It is led by Rev Canon Peter Farley-Moore.
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Who is this area good for?
Source the Area think this area is a particularly good fit for families.
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Average property prices in St Johns
These property prices are shared with Deptford, since they use the same postcode
St Johns – 10 mins to London Bridge, 15 mins to London Cannon Street
47 to Catford/Shoreditch
225 to Hither Green/Canada Water
N136 to Oxford Circus/Chislehurst
Easy access to the A2 for the M25 and Canterbury/Dover
A new segregated cycleway has been put in place, Cycleway 4 (C4), which allows a clear and safe route all the way up to London Bridge
Best roads in St Johns
Crime in St Johns
Deptford and St Johns are both under the same Metropolitan Police jurisdiction, with there being 9 crimes a month per 1,000 residents, with theft of a bicycle being the most common. For more information and crime prevention advice, please visit Met Police.