Lewisham is a vibrant part of London with a strong community, bustling market and great transport links. Lewisham Gateway is a huge regeneration project designed to redevelop the town centre and create new jobs and homes for local people. A huge part of the project involves removing the roundabout that curretly cuts off the town form the transport hub and relocating the road network around the site.
The new Lewisham will be pedestrian-friendly and open up the rivers Quaggy and Ravensbourne to create an attractive riverside park with new light, open and safe shop-lined pedestrian routes. Here, David Meredith, senior branch manager of south east London estate agency Robinson Jackson, highlights some of Lewisham’s best bits…
Best Known For
Lewisham Market on the High Street has been going strong for many years. It has thousands of visitors each day, drawn to its variety of stalls from fresh fruit, flowers and fish to fabric, fashion and all sorts of multicultural produce. Every year Lewisham People’s Day festival draws in huge crowds with music, dancing and more, celebrating the huge range of talent in the area.
Lewisham has an increasing number of great places to eat. Levante and Levante Pide are great for Turkish cuisine, and the Street Feast pop-up at the Model Market over the summer was hugely popular with tacos and gourmet hotdogs, live music and even a cocktail bar. There’s also a great local Italian deli, Gennaro Delicatessen.
Barratt Homes has invested in the area over the last few years, offering luxury apartments within the Renaissance development, which is conveniently located adjacent to the transport hub. Now a new development, Lewisham Gateway, is being launched at what used to be the main roundabout and bus station. Young professionals and young families are attracted to the area because of its great value for money, the convenient transport links and its proximity to Greenwich and Blackheath.
Lewisham has great transport links to central London with the mainline station running in to London Bridge, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Victoria. The DLR and bus station also operate from the same hub. The DLR runs to Canary Wharf via Greenwich and the buses are numerous and frequent.
Schools are very important when looking to moving into an area. Popular schools in Lewisham include Lee Manor School, Lewisham Bridge Primary, St Saviour’s Catholic Primary School and Prendergast Ladywell Fields College.
The Property Market
The new developments and influx of buyers has really bolstered the property market. Lewisham attracts buyers who want the convenience of being close to town but also want a real home. On average, a two-bedroom Victorian flat is around £325,000-£350,000 and a three-bedroom Victorian house is around £500,000. It’s by no means cheap, but would you be able to get that in north, west or east London?
Robinson-Jackson has offices in south east London and Kent. See robinson-jackson.com