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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.

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.

Le Délice

Le Délice

Excellent cakes and coffee

Telegraph Hill Park

Telegraph Hill Park

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

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!

Babur

Babur

Incredible Indian cuisine (and cocktails!) Hailed by Hardens, and impressive enough to rival anything in central London.

Babur

Babur

Incredible Indian cuisine (and cocktails!) Hailed by Hardens, and impressive enough to rival anything in central London.

The Rose

The Rose

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

Catford Constitutional Club

Catford Constitutional Club

Very quirky, wonderful atmosphere, food and drink. Puts a completely different slant on Shabby Chic

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 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.

Peckham Rye Park

Peckham Rye Park

It's historic nature - being the remains of an ancient Medieval forest where King John hunted deer!

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

"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!"

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

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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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  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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About SE4

SE4 is the postcode district in South East London incorporating the areas of Brockley, Crofton Park (part), Western Ladywell, Honor Oak and is covered by the Lewisham local authority.

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