Living in Lewisham

 

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What is life like in Lewisham

Lewisham is an inner-city district in London, lying a few miles to the south-east of the city centre. Almost the entire SE13 postcode covers the London Borough of Lewisham.

At its heart, Lewisham High Street is a long and wide shopping area that was pedestrianised around 20 years ago and is an extremely vibrant and pleasant place for locals to spend time. The area offers a good range of housing of high quality and varying size, while remaining one of the more affordable zones within the capital.

Undoubtedly one of the key advantages of living in Lewisham is its excellent transport infrastructure. Whether travelling by road or rail, there are many routes and modes of transport available to locals and a selection of stations within walking distance of the centre.

Recent decades have witnessed a significant amount of regeneration, including a clean-up of the local housing and an overhaul of public areas. Although plenty of work has been completed, this has not detracted from the history and character of this bustling corner of London.

The area north of central Lewisham has perhaps seen the biggest changes, with vast areas being demolished and revamped to create space for new and smart houses and apartments.

The most famous celebrity to come from Lewisham is Hollywood star Jude Law, who was born in the district in 1972. He is far from the only high-profile person to hail from this area, with others including actress Jessica Hynes and glamour model Keeley Hazell.

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History

History

The origins of Lewisham are thought to date back to the sixth century, with the area known as Levesham in some of the most ancient Saxon records.

In its early days, the village of Lewisham was centred around the parish church of St Mary, further south than it stands today. The arrival of the North Kent railway line in 1849 was a significant step and encouraged people and businesses to move to the region.

During World War II, Lewisham town centre was hit by a V-2 and the high street was devastated, while 300 lives were lost. There is a plaque outside Lewisham Shopping Centre that marks this tragic event.

Some parts of the town centre were pedestrianised in the 1990s, and this area now houses a daily market. Other landmarks include the clock tower, which was completed in 1900 in order to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria three years earlier.

The most famous celebrity to come from Lewisham is Hollywood star Jude Law, who was born in the district in 1972. He is far from the only high-profile person to hail from this area, with others including actress Jessica Hynes and glamour model Keeley Hazell.

Days out

Entertainment, sport and days out

The Broadway Theatre in neighbouring Catford is a great place for Lewisham residents to take in a play or performance. It boasts a packed calendar full of comedy, music and theatre productions that are well worth watching.

Sports fanatics should check out the Bridge Leisure Centre, which offers excellent facilities to those who love to keep fit. A swimming pool, learner pool, cycle studio, group exercise studios and outdoor pitches are among the amenities available at the centre.

Greenwich Park is not too far from Lewisham and is a great place to spend a day, with its famous observatory a fascinating building to explore and more than 180 acres of grassland to relax in. Another option for parents with young children is to take them to the 1st Bowl complex for a game of tenpin bowling.

Things to do

Eating, drinking & shopping

A wide range of cuisines from around the world are on offer at restaurants across Lewisham, with plenty of family favourites and romantic venues to choose from depending on the purpose of a meal out. Turkish restaurant Meze Mangal is one of those to be highly recommended, receiving significant backing from online reviewers.

Babur is a top choice for an Indian meal in the area, while the Big Red Pizza Bus is undoubtedly a hidden gem. Other eateries to receive praise in Lewisham include establishments such as Canvas and Crème and Café Rhubarb and Custard.

Lewisham's premier shopping facility is the Riverdale Centre, which is fully pedestrianised and contains ample room for a range of market stalls and food stands. The local market takes place every day except Sunday and consumers can find all manner of goods there. Many of the country's most famous retailers are based at the Riverdale Centre, and around 240,000 shoppers pass through every week.

The Boutique Hall is another shopping centre in Lewisham and acts as a home to a number of smaller, independent retailers. The two complement each other and ensure an in-depth shopping experience is available to all.

Schools

Schools & healthcare

There are plenty of high-performing schools in and around Lewisham, including Sydenham School and Sydenham High School, Eliot Bank School, St Michael's, Haseltine Primary and Alexandra Juniors. London is also home to a selection of highly-regarded universities, so those seeking higher education will never have far to travel in their bid to enhance their qualifications.

Lewisham Hospital is based on a single site and features a number of different clinics and buildings, while there is also a 24/7 accident and emergency department. No matter what the injury or illness, the right care will be available at the institution, which is notable for its success in maternity and paediatrics.

Getting around

Getting around

As with almost every part of London, Lewisham is incredibly well served by public transport. It benefits from an extensive local rail network, with trains to Victoria, Charing Cross, Cannon Street and London Bridge available.

Lewisham also has a stop on the DLR, providing local people with another way to move around the capital. This links the town centre to destinations such as Canary Wharf and Bank, which are ideal for City workers.

London's bus network is famously comprehensive and services connect Lewisham with all parts of the capital. People in the area will find they have easy access to both the A2 and A20, both of which lead drivers out of London and towards the M25, from where the entire south-east can be reached.