Lewisham Area Guide
Lewisham benefits from its proximity to Canary Wharf, one of London’s main employment centres, which is just 20 minutes by DLR. It also has strong transport links to the City and West End. However, despite this it remains relatively affordable with average house prices of just over £400,000. Much of the borough’s future growth will be focussed on the regeneration areas of Deptford, New Cross and the town centres of Lewisham and Catford.
Several projects are underway in Deptford and New Cross that will provide a significant number of new homes and jobs, along with major improvements to the local infrastructure and environment. In Lewisham’s town centre, Lewisham Gateway is the single largest development and on completion will include a range of new shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, leisure facilities, a new town square and up to 800 homes
Good to know:
- The Prime Meridian (the line where longitude is defined to be 0°) passes through Lewisham.
- Lewisham is home to Europe’s largest police station.
- Lewisham contains the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill. Opened in 1901 and built in the style of the Arts and Craft movement, it is a collection of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments as well as the large display of taxidermy for which it is most famous.
- Blackheath, Goldsmiths, University of London and Millwall F.C. are located within the borough.