How is life in Lewisham? A thorough guide of the neighbourhood

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London from above

Find out a general overview of the area using Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Lewisham is a London borough in south-east London; it forms part of Inner London. The principal settlement of the borough is Lewisham. The local authority is Lewisham London Borough Council, based in Catford. The Prime Meridian passes through Lewisham. Blackheath, Goldsmiths, University of London and Millwall F.C. are located within the borough. “

Is the local life vibrant in Lewisham

It could be that Lewisham has a lively atmosphere with many activities happening and there are ways to find this out. To discover what to do in your area, we recommend looking at sites like Timeout that list weekly events in Lewisham. We want to make finding things easy, so here’s a link to see upcoming happenings in Lewisham. Also, knowing what’s available in Lewisham and where helps when getting to know a new place. That’s why we made a map with property price info from this article to simplify your search.

Things we love about Lewisham

Lewisham has a distinct culture and atmosphere. At Cozee we looked at features that define the area’s vibe like food, nightlife, green space, and more. Whether you love to eat or you love to take part in the night life of a city, Lewisham has something for your tastes. Explore spots below to get a feel for life here.

Green space in the city of Lewisham

One of London’s best assets is its green spaces. See if Lewisham offers room to roam.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Jubilee Gardens Belvedere Road, London 4.5 1413
Elm Court 1 Pump Court, London 4.3 6
Middle Temple Gardens 3 Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London 4.7 82
Bernie Spain Gardens South Bank, London 4.4 488
Bloomsbury Square Garden 14 Bloomsbury Square, London 4.3 2017
The Phoenix Garden 21 Stacey Street, London 4.6 461
LGBT Chairs ️‍ Ground Floor, South East Wing, Bush House, 300 Strand, London 5 1
Victoria Embankment Gardens 4 Temple Place, Temple, London N/A N/A
Potnotch Jubilee Market, Tavistock Street, London 5 1
London Memorial Garden Savoy Place, London 3.8 4
Drury Lane Gardens 58 Drury Lane, London 3.9 16
Fountain Court Temple, London 4.6 8
Southbank boardwalk South Bank, Unnamed Road, London 4.8 13
Street Art Skaterpark 337-338 Belvedere Road, London N/A N/A
National Theatre garden terrace South Bank, National Theatre, London N/A N/A
The Diamond Jubilee Penny Maze Henrietta Street, London 5 1
Southbank (River Thames South) Walkpath. Unnamed Road, London 4.8 18
Victoria Embankment Gardens Villiers Street, London 4.6 2523
Diamond Jubilee Garden St Pauls Church, Bedford Street, London 4.4 12
BIG 7 7 Bell Yard, London N/A N/A

Public houses of Lewisham

As Londoners, we cherish our local pubs. Lewisham has some great go-to spots. From smaller, more family run chains to larger pubs like WeatherSpoons, there is a pub for everyone in the area.

Pub name Name Address Description
Hither Green & District Railwaymens Social Club Manor Lodge, 19 Beacon Road Hither Green SE13 6EQ Club with 200 local members with a wide range of entertainment, including bands, quizzes and twice-weekly bingo, and facilities like snooker, darts and televised sports.
Station Hotel 14 Staplehurst Road Hither Green SE13 5NB A large, much loved and well patronised 1906 pub and hotel. Situated at a crossroads the sun pours in during the day, with an evening ambience of casual and well thought out elegance. It has a popular dining area separate from the bar, serving good quality food. The garden area is quite a suntrap plus in summer there is also outside seating to the front of the pub. The bar area is pleasantly uncluttered though there is still a mixture of open and more private areas. Look out for the railway themed area, complete with train-carriage-like luggage racks and old suitcases. The regular beers are from Timothy Taylor. Leased from Greene King, the pub was acquired by Young’s as pub operator from Redcomb Pubs in January 2019.
Dacre Arms 11 Kingswood Place Lewisham SE13 5BU In every sense an end-of-terrace back street local pub somewhat hidden on the Blackheath / Lee / Lewisham borders. A family run house split into 3 large double boothed areas with a bar on the side. Internal décor includes the archetypal Courage high dark wood panelling and leaded windows all beautifully preserved. Lots of wall decorations and trinkets on window ledges and shelves. Has a quiet well appointed garden drinking area accessed by grand old wooden double doors from the bar. Until recently had a rather rare enamel outline Courage cockerel on the building’s tiled front fascia but this has been covered now with plastic signs. 6 handpumps. A trial started in August 2022 to give a 5% discount on alcohol products bought using cash.
Ladywell Tavern 80 Ladywell Road Lewisham SE13 7HS A contemporary pub, ex-Bass Charrington. The building has origins from the mid-19th century but has been subsequently altered and is now of Art-Deco style with U-shaped interior around a central bar, with exposed brick walls and floorboards. Has a small rear courtyard. Quiz night Thurs evening. DJs on Fridays and alternating with live music on Saturday. Is operated by Laine’s as part of a “managed expert” partnership arrangement with Stonegate.
Lewisham Tavern 1 Lee High Road Lewisham SE13 5LD Former Ind Coope pub which has had several incarnations including one as “One” then back to “White Hart” as a bar and pizzeria with an emphasis on late night opening. Closed early September 2017 over licensing issues. Re-opened April 2018 as Lewisham Tavern with new bright external lighting and a thoroughly updated interior and relaunched to try to be a community local. Real ale was introduced when the pub re-opened with 2 handpumps. Multiple HD TV screens always showing sport. A pool table is hidden round the corner of the dog-leg floor. Ladies’ toilets are upstairs.
Rising Sun 120 Loampit Vale Lewisham SE13 7SN A friendly local pub fairly close to Lewisham railway station. Under new management and refurbished in 2020. There is a large beer garden to the rear.
Watch House 198-204 Lewisham High Street Lewisham SE13 6JP On a busy high street by a thriving street market, this Wetherspoon establishment has plenty of capacity. Ceiling supports, disguised as book shelves create lots of different seating areas to choose from. Despite being well-lit, the interior can at times appear to be a little dark. The best place to enjoy breakfast is sitting in sunshine by the windows at the front. Tables and chairs may be placed outside on the pavement forecourt in good weather. It is always a popular pub with the nature of the clientele changing during the pub’s long day. One of the world’s creakiest staircases leads to the upstairs toilets. Quiz night is Wednesday.

Gyms and leisure centre in the area of Lewisham

Working from home means more gym time for many. With chains like EasyGym and PureGym, it’s easy to stay fit in Lewisham.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
PureGym London Lewisham 67-71a Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 339
WCKUK Lewisham 2nd Floor, Zhulin Hidden Village, 100-104 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 27
Glass Mill Leisure Centre 41 Loampit Vale, London 4.3 865
Anna’s yoga 3 Manor Lane Terrace, London 4.3 1
Evolve fitness studio evolve fitness studio, Grants Off Licence & Mini Market, 282 Lee High Road, London 4.3 18
The Gym Group London Lewisham Unit 8 Thurston Road, Thurston Central, London 4.3 887
Zhulin Hidden Village 100-104 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 16
NRG Gym Lewisham 156-160 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 614
QuickFitnessPT NRG Gym, Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 N/A
Crank Lewisham Unit 2-5, Exchange Point, Loampit Vale, London 4.3 N/A
Dr Christoph Datler 1A Eliot Hill, London 4.3 72
Blackheath Sports Clinic: Expert Osteopaths in London 1A Eliot Hill, London 4.3 149
Anytime Fitness Lewisham Unit A, Renaissance 4.3 81
Twist Studios Lewisham Unit 6 Thurston Road, London 4.3 62
privatefitt365 – BEATSOUL LIMITED 14 Orchid Close, London 4.3 1
MoreYoga LEWISHAM BRANCH, Unit 7 Thurston Road, London 4.3 74
Baquba Gym 72-78 Conington Road, London 4.3 2
Pilates and Tara The Lane, 136 Hither Green Lane, London 4.3 1
Base 13 Fitness LTD 227 Lee High Road, London 4.3 49
FLEX Pilates London- Matwork Hither Green Lane, London 4.3 2

Museums & Galleries in the area

Art helps discover an area’s culture. Galleries and museums are great weekend enjoyment and you can find where all the fun is happening by checking out the museum and galleries table for Lewisham below.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Migration Museum Lewisham Shopping Centre, London 4.8 327
River Shrine Tunnel – Lewisham School of Muralism Armoury Road, London 5 1

The types of restaurants

Lewisham is able to produce a large amount of different cuisines if you are looking. Take a look at the table below to find the most popular places to eat if you are a resident of Lewisham.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Subway 75 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 83
Panas Gurkha Restaurant 318 Lee High Road, London 4.3 957
The Madras Restaurant 244 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 310
Favorite Chicken & Ribs 29 Lee High Road, London 4.3 4
Sajee South Indian And Sri Lankan Cuisine 19 Lee High Road, London 4.3 428
Bella Roma – Italian Restaurant 13 Lewis Grove, London 4.3 672
Bucketmouth 1 Belmont Hill, London 4.3 169
Enish Lewisham 228 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 1685
La Parma Pizzeria (Lewisham) 252 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 188
Premier Inn London Lewisham hotel 1-13 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 616
Morleys Lewisham 312 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 128
Tasty Grill & Pizza 175 Lee High Road, London 4.3 70
Nando’s Lewisham 16 Lee High Road, London 4.3 1377
McDonald’s 166/172 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 1617
KFC Lewisham – High Street 217 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 402
The Spice of Life Indian Cuisine, Lewisham 260 Lee High Road, London 4.3 297
The Darjeeling Restaurant 134 Lee High Road, London 4.3 235
Something Fishy 117-119 Lewisham High Street, London 4.3 243
Levante Restaurant (Lewisham) 11 Lewis Grove, London 4.3 616
H-2-U Lucky Chinese Take Away, 25 Staplehurst Road, London 4.3 76

Where can you buy groceries in the area

Perhaps one of the most common amenities in Lewisham would be supermarkets. Below, you will be able to tell what type of supermarket there are in Lewisham and what company operates here.

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In Lewisham, what things may you need?

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Lewisham name before moving in the neighbourhood.

In Lewisham, what tube and train stations are nearby?

Most prefer transit within a 10-15 minute walk and if there aren’t public connections nearby then this could be something that takes down the price of property or can even deter people from moving in to Lewisham entirely. Here is a table below so you can see where these connections are for yourself.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Lewisham London 3.4 133
Ladywell Railway Terrace, London 3.9 39

Post offices in and around the area of Lewisham

Nearby post offices simplify sending and getting packages. Lewisham branches also offer services like money orders and insurance along with mail services. Here they are along with their proximity to the area.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Lewisham Post Office Lewisham Centre, 59 Riverdale, London 1.5 248
Lewisham Delivery Office Royal Mail Lewisham Delivery Office, 32 Engate Street, London 1.8 124
Ladywell Road Post Office 253 Algernon Road, London 3.3 39
POST OFFICE & MITCO 310 Lewisham Road, London 3 30
Postbox 2, 10 Elmira Street, London 3 2
Post box 152 Lewisham Road, London 0 0
Lewisham High Street Post Office 314 Lewisham High Street, London 4.2 34

The number of hospitals, pharmacies and doctors in Lewisham

Lewisham has 12 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
The Blackheath Hospital 40-42 Lee Terrace, London 4.5 847
Circle Podiatry Practice 316 Lewisham Road, London 3.8 13
Lewisham Medical Centre 308 Lee High Road, London 3.6 256
MedicSpot Clinic Lewisham 1 Lewis Grove, London 3.8 4
Clear Earwax Clinic Lewisham Lower Ground, 25 Lewisham High Street, London 5 5
Nhs United Kingdom N/A N/A
The Ladywell Unit University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham High Street, London 2.8 29
Miles Parnell Ophthalmology BMI Blackheath Hospital, 40-42 Lee Terrace, London N/A N/A
Dr Charles Mazhude 40-42 Lee Terrace, Blackheath, London N/A N/A
Dr Aathavan Loganayagam 40-42 Lee Terrace, Blackheath, London N/A N/A
Mr Petr J Hanek 40-42 Lee Terrace, London N/A N/A
Neeraj Kumar Garg – BMI The Blackheath Hospital 40-42 Lee Terrace, London 5 1

In Lewisham, what schools are nearby?

Having an educational institution close by is a great perk when moving. See the list below of schools located in the Lewisham vicinity and how they relate to property prices.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
CTK Emmanuel Sixth Form Belmont Grove, London 3.5 47
St. Saviour’s R.C. Primary School 10 Bonfield Road, London 4.4 9
Rodett Lee Pre-School 31A Manor Park, London 5 3
LEYF -Hither Green Nursery and Pre-School (Formerly Lysth Nursery) 10A Wisteria Road, London 5 9
Lewisham After School Club 191 – 193 Lewisham High Street, London 4.4 9
Adult Learning 100 Granville Park, London 4.8 13
Bass Guitar & Guitar Lessons – West London Music Tutors 87 Courthill Road, London N/A N/A
St Matthew Academy Saint Joseph’s Vale, London 3.2 65
Trinity Church of England School: Primary Phase Leahurst Road, London 4.8 12
St Margaret’s Primary School Lee Church Street, London 5 4
Kumon Maths & English Lochaber Hall, Manor Lane Terrace, London 5 8
Baby Lambs Day Nursery 322 Lee High Road, London 4.4 7
Horizons Day Nursery & Pre-School 165 Hither Green Lane, London 3.4 7
Royal School of Motoring 8 Loampit Hill, London 4.8 112
Scallywags II Day Nursery 120 Lewisham Road, London 5 7
Bright Horizons Lewisham Day Nursery and Preschool 83a Belmont Hill, London 4.4 5
Prendergast Vale School Elmira Street, London 2.6 25
Step By Step Day Nursery Benden House, Monument Gardens, London 3.5 14
Bright Horizons Lee Park Day Nursery and Preschool 50 Old Road, London 5 1
Piano Teacher – Lessons in Lewisham 95B Halesworth Road, London N/A N/A

Other areas nearby

If you need a comparison of other nearby neighbourhoods besides Lewisham, Cozee Properties have provided you with guides with information on other areas too.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Bellingham See the guide here
Catford See the guide here
Honor Oak See the guide here
Lee See the guide here
Horn Park See the guide here
Crofton Park See the guide here
Western Ladywell See the guide here
Ladywell See the guide here
Kidbrooke See the guide here
Brockley See the guide here
Nunhead See the guide here
Blackheath See the guide here
New Cross Gate See the guide here
New Cross See the guide here
Maze Hill See the guide here
Deptford See the guide here
Westcombe Park See the guide here
Evelyn See the guide here
Greenwich Peninsula See the guide here
Denham See the guide here
Bellingham See the guide here
Catford See the guide here
Honor Oak See the guide here
Lee See the guide here
Horn Park See the guide here
Crofton Park See the guide here
Western Ladywell See the guide here
Ladywell See the guide here
Kidbrooke See the guide here
Brockley See the guide here
Nunhead See the guide here
Blackheath See the guide here
New Cross Gate See the guide here
New Cross See the guide here
Maze Hill See the guide here
Deptford See the guide here
Westcombe Park See the guide here
Evelyn See the guide here
Greenwich Peninsula See the guide here

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