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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

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