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The Gantry

The Gantry

This delightful restaurant and bar is cosy inside during the winter, yet there's an amazing garden for the summer months.

Good Thymes Supper Club

Good Thymes Supper Club

A monthly supper club inside someone's home in Ladywell, where local people come to meet and taste some good home-cooked food. Every month there's a different theme.

Jam Circus

Jam Circus

A quirky pub that serves good food. It's also child friendly during the day.

Brockley Market

Brockley Market

Award-winning, bustling market selling seasonal produce and delicious street food.

Telegraph Hill Park

Telegraph Hill Park

The park with a view! Enjoy a picnic with a landscape of the most beautiful city line. #TelegraphHillPark

The Rose

The Rose

This pub in New Cross has a great beer garden and serves a great Sunday roast.

Le Querce

Le Querce

The finest Italian restaurant I have ever been to, with a varied and fresh menu that caters for everyone from meat eaters to vegans and all in between without seeming to try! I book for anniversaries, birthdays, visits from friends - any excuse to attend the best restaurant I know of. It may not look particularly salubrious, but it is child-friendly by day and romantically candle-lit by night. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

The Point

The Point

One of the most secluded spots with amazing views over London. Not a tourist in sight and the perfect place for a picnic too.

The Beer Shop

The Beer Shop

Lovely little craft beer micro pub with great music, staff and beer!

Babette

Babette

Lovely food, wine and cocktails in a gorgeous French bistro housed in a converted pub in the heart of Nunhead.

The Greenwich Vintage Market

The Greenwich Vintage Market

Some great unusual finds here and it's open every day of the week!

Al Pancino at The Spread Eagle

Al Pancino at The Spread Eagle

Amazing food and service. The best Italian food in Greenwich.

Heap's Sausages

Heap's Sausages

Head here for the best breakfast in Greenwich! A great local family-run business...

Peyton and Byrne

Peyton and Byrne

Delicious cakes, good quality coffee and freshly baked bread to take away - all in welcoming surroundings with trendy décor.

Papa Charlie

Papa Charlie

Mediterranean food in the heart of Greenwich along bustling Greenwich Church Street. A wide and varied menu of dishes and cuisines and a great place for all the family.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Lewisham, New Cross, Nunhead, Catford, Forest Hill, Greenwich, Deptford, Hither Green, Peckham Rye and Blackheath

"In 1848 at the Priory Ground, Algernon Road, a cricket match held - a team of one legged men against a team of one armed men!"

There's such a buzz around Goldsmiths University..12 minutes to Charing Cross, easy road connections to Essex and property that provides excellent value...

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New Cross is as arty and cultural as Shoreditch and Soho, but with a strong South London identity...

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The views from Nunhead Station is spectacular on a clear day - you can see all the way to Canary Wharf.

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  1. Brockley is rightly considered a jewel in the South East London crown. It has one of the best farmers markets in London, beautiful tree-lined roads with grand period housing, conservation areas and parks, great schools and a thriving community of independent shops and restaurants. Telegraph Hill park and Hilly Fields Park both offer stunning views of the city where you can play tennis, puppy-spot or sit and have a coffee. The cobbled Coulgate Street beside the station is a great hub for locals, while an annual street art festival continues to create stunning murals for which Brockley is becoming famous for. Trains to London Bridge are frequent and take just 10 minutes, while the Overground provides easy Tube interchange from Canada Water (3 stops) or direct travel north to the likes of Shoreditch and Islington. Brockley has everything I'd look for in a place to call home and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

  2. There's something new to find round every corner...

  3. Brockley is a multi-cultural location with a high reputation as a focus for the arts in South London. The area is a desirable place to live in London, as it has easy access to public transport in and around the city.

  4. I love Brockley because it is small and nice and not at all scary.

  5. Parks, parks and more parks. Brockley is great for families with children. From Ladywell to Hilly Fields, from Blythe Hill to Horniman there are enough green spaces to keep everyone happy. It's the best thing about Brockley..apart of course, from food. We have London's finest Indian restaurant Babur with a massive tiger on the roof which makes my kids literally roar when we drive past it. Then there's Le Querce, one of the scruffiest but finest Italian diners you're ever likely to see. We also have a trad boozer - the Brockley Jack - which actually has a theatre on top of it (they take submissions from budding writers). But the best thing about these places is they're just too far out of central for the tourists, so you get 'em all to yourself! That doesn't mean Brockley's isolated though - the zone 2 overground takes you to central London and for City workers, the train at Crofton Park ferries you right onto the steps of St Paul's. The connections south to Kent are awesome too. Transport links are the best thing about Brockley...apart of course from the schools...and the peace and quiet...and the funky shops...did I mention the parks?

  6. One of the best preserved and most coherent Victorian suburbs in inner London, Brockley is both a fantastic, relaxed and beautifully leafy place to live, yet also conveniently located within easy reach of Central London and the Docklands. It has a strong, friendly community which is of a highly artistic, independent and multi-cultural character. This strong and vibrant sense of community is encouraged in part by the ongoing work of the Brockley Cross Action Group (instrumental in restoring 'Brockley Common' around the rail station), and the annual Brockley Max and Telegraph Hill Arts Festivals. In recent years the number of independent traders neighbouring Brockley Station has blossomed and there is now a fine array of great coffee shops, organic stores, delicatessens, bars and restaurants. Highlights include the Brocca (and her sister shop the Brocca Food Market), Browns of Brockley, the Orchard, Toads Mouth Too, Dandelion Blue, and Jam Circus. I am also told the local schools are pretty good, with the Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College in Telegraph Hill currently the most over-subscribed state school in the country. Finally, not forgetting the beautiful local parks. Peaceful Nunhead Cemetery (also a nature reserve) and breathtaking views from both Telegraph Hill and Hilly Fields - like more famous Primrose Hill, they provide sweeping views of the whole of Central London, but without the crowds.

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Child-friendly activities near Brockley

Ivydale Bookstart

Ivydale Primary School
Sing songs and rhymes, make music, play with puppets and toys and join in story telling. Website

French for children

Telegraph Hill Centre
A leading provider of French language learning, for children, through extra-curricular language classes as well as supplying language resources to primary schools across the United Kingdom, Ireland and overseas. Website

Ivydale Time for Babies

Ivydale Children’s Centre
Fun and stimulating drop in group for parents with babies under 12 months. Website

Little Kickers

Haberdashers' Aske's Sports Grounds
Little Kicks classes will be enjoyed most by children who are 18 months to 2½ years of age, with the aid of a parent/carer. However, children can productively play up to two and half years of age in this class. Confident children aged two years to two and a half years may join Junior Kickers immediately New members will be charged a one off membership fee of £20.00. Your membership fee gives you a FREE Little Kickers football uniform and priority re-enrolment. 1½ - 2yrs 3mths: Saturdays 8.30 am - 9.15 am 2 - 3½ yrs: Saturdays 8.30-9.15, 9.30-10.15, 10.30-11.15 3½ - 5 yrs: Saturdays 9.30-10.15, 11.30-12.15 5-7 years: Saturdays 9.30-10.20, 12.30-13.20 Website

The Nature Bug

Telegraph Hill Centre
The Nature Bug sessions are classroom based but there are regular opportunities each half term for some practical outdoor field work and some wildlife visits! Class sizes are restricted so that each child has the opportunity to participate fully in the sessions and can be given individual attention by the session leader. Website

Ivydale Dad Stay and Play (every other Sat from 25/1)

Ivydale Children’s Centre
Do not miss this opportunity to play with your child/children and meet other dads/male carers!!! Painting, singing, drawing, fun activities. Website

About Brockley

Brockley is a district of south London, located in the London Borough of Lewisham. It is situated 5 miles (8 km) south-east of Charing Cross. It is covered by the London postcode districts SE4 and SE14. The name 'Brockley' is derived from either 'Broca's woodland clearing', or a wood where badgers are seen (broc is the Old English for badger). Brockley contains several attractive open spaces, amongst them Blythe Hill, Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries (opened in 1858 and now a nature reserve) and Hilly Fields. Like its neighbour Telegraph Hill, Brockley has a reputation as a focus for the arts in South London.

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