LADYWELL, BROCKLEY AND NUNHEAD
Ladywell, which has 10-minute trains to London Bridge, has acquired “village” status following streetscaping improvements and the arrival of a cluster of independent shops and eateries. Coming soon is the redevelopment of a listed Victorian public baths and snooker hall that will bring a Curzon Cinema, new homes, a café and a crèche.
Brockley, recently the area’s main pull, has a conservation area of wide, tree-lined avenues surrounding Hilly Fields, a green expanse crowned by Prendergast girls’ secondary school.
Nothing much had changed for more than 20 years around the local train station, but with the Overground has come a batch of lively new familyfriendly bars and bistros, cafés selling organic food, delis and a micro brewery. It is a new hub for Brockley.
A second-hand car showroom next to the tracks has become new flats, while Brockley Cross has been enhanced by the Tea Factory, a development of copper-clad flats that cantilevers out above street-level premises including an art gallery.
Nunhead, the sedate side of Peckham, now has an organic café, deli, gastropub, bike shop, book store, florist and kids’ fashion boutique alongside the long-established butcher, baker and fishmonger.
The historic green has been refurbished, too, and an eco-friendly community centre added next to neat Victorian almshouses. Nunhead
a scheme of homes overlooking this delightful space, is being built. Call 0344 809 9167.
Check out Nunhead’s network of stillaffordable small-scale Victorian terrace houses and visit Nunhead Cemetery, built in 1840, one of London’s greatest and now also a nature reserve. The Ivy House, London’s first communityowned pub, is an award winner and can be found in Nunhead, too — proof of a rooted community.
Something for all: south-east London’s mix of architectural styles includes grand Victorian villas, interwar homes and Sixties-designed schemes such as Dawson’s Heights, above, in East Dulwich