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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!

Jam Circus

Jam Circus

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

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.

Archibald's

Archibald's

An independent coffeeshop with a gorgeous sun trap of a garden that serves an amazing full brunch menu.

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.

Matoom

Matoom

The best Thai restaurant with always fresh produce, taste buds will be working overtime as each mouthful gives you more to think about. A truly unique experience!!!

Brown & Green Cafe

Brown & Green Cafe

This charming cafe sells delicious cakes and fried breakfasts. It's a great spot to visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon or after a jog around Mayow Park!

Luciano's

Luciano's

Such great service from this independent restaurant. The pizzas and the seafood are highly recommended!

Mayow Park

Mayow Park

With a bowling green, play area and cricket pitches, Mayow Park is a great place to chill out at the weekend.

Brockley Market

Brockley Market

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

The Shop Revolution Marketplace

The Shop Revolution Marketplace

The Shop Revolution Marketplace host lots of unique events like poetry and craft nights, with all the items they sell produced by independent designers and jewellery makers. This picture was taken at a Miss Victoria's Floral Emporium flower arranging workshop.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens

A quirky, free, family-friendly museum and gardens.

Cherry & Ice

Cherry & Ice

A café serving delicious ice creams and milkshakes with the friendliest staff - they're so lovely and helpful and always make me feel welcome.

Telegraph Hill Park

Telegraph Hill Park

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

Gail's

Gail's

Fantastic olive bread and a great place to pick up a sneaky afternoon snack!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Lewisham, Forest Hill, Hither Green, Sydenham, Downham, Lee, Blackheath, Nunhead, East Dulwich and Upper Sydenham

"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!"

Forest Hill's elevation ensures outstanding views towards the centre of the capital!

Jennifer Purchase

Everything that you need; a gym and supermarkets by the station, villages bakers, lovely pubs and beautiful parks...

Michael Schult

The independent shops and cafes and charming period properties make East Dulwich the perfect place to set up home.

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Child-friendly activities near Catford

Little Bubbles - Crofton Park

St Hilda's Church,
LittleBubbles are exciting weekly activity classes for all children aged 12 months - 4 years old. Your child can come along and enjoy the physical fun of moving freely to funky tunes whilst expressing themselves in a warm, encouraging & happy environment! Full term: £72 Half term: £36 Full term (sibling): £36 Half term (sibling): £18 Website

Boppin' Bunnies

St. Saviours Scout Hall,
Exciting music classes for under 5s, led by professional musicians. Running across the South East, for families nurseries and schools! Bookings: Per term = £6.50/class | Per half term = £7/class | Drop-in = £8 subject to availability Website

Breastfeeding Support

Bellingham Baby Cafe
Come along to the breastfeeding cafe for a friendly welcome and refreshments as well as support and information to help you breastfeed your baby. Website

Mim's Mother and Baby Post-Natal Pilates Classes

Saint Hilda's Church
Friendly, local mother and baby post-natal Pilates classes in Crofton Park. A great way to recover from pregnancy and childbirth, strengthen and tone, prevent strains and injury, and bond with your baby! Classes are taught by a fully qualified instructor, certified to teach Pilates and Ante & Post Natal Exercise. Mums should be 6 weeks post natal or 12 weeks fir cesarean deliveries. Please consult your GP first if you have any concerns about exercising. Babies age 6 weeks to pre-crawling welcome. Babies will be actively involved in the class although it's best if you bring them in a car seat / pram so they have somewhere safe to be if they don't fancy joining in! Mats and bands are provided.

Babistic Baby Massage

Manor House Gardens
Learn how to massage your baby with a full body routine and yoga movements. Learn some songs & rhymes too. There is time set aside after each session for refreshments, feeding of baby and to socialise with others if you would like to stay around for. Website

Jelly Babies IAIM Baby Massage

St Hilda's Church
Take time out to enhance your special bond with your baby and meet new friends on this relaxed and friendly baby massage course. Courses run over 5 consecutive weeks and last around an hour. The classes are very relaxed and friendly and it's a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and spend some quality one to one time with your baby. Families with babies from newborn to one year are welcome but we also discuss how we can adapt the massage for the growing child, from crawler to teenager. Website

About Catford

Catford is a district of South East London, within the London Borough of Lewisham. It is located south west of Lewisham. It is also 6.3 miles (10.1 km) south-east of Charing Cross. Catford's most prominent landmark is the Catford Cat, a giant fibreglass sculpture of a black cat above the entrance to the Catford Centre. This is a small shopping centre, housing supermarkets as well as some independent shops in the punningly-named Catford Mews. There is a street market on Catford Broadway. Catford has several pubs and a variety of non-chain restaurants and cafes. Catford is served by two rail stations. Catford station, with services to Kentish Town (London Victoria on Sundays) and Sevenoaks via Swanley. Also Catford Bridge station with services to London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street and Hayes.

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