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Lewisham Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to Lewisham

One of the youngest and most ethnically diverse communities in the country, Lewisham ranks as one of London's more affordable boroughs benefitting from the open spaces of Blackheath as well as the recent development of it's arts scene and sporting facilities.

Lying just south-east of Central London, Lewisham is a densely populated borough enjoying a great diversity amongst its population including that brought by a large Afro-Caribbean community. Though a relatively poor borough, the poorer areas tend to be concentrated in the Evelyn ward towards the borough's north and southern parts of Bellingham which are also areas with the largest public housing estates. Some of the poverty can perhaps be traced back to the fact that lone parent families make up 18 per cent of all households; the highest rate in London.


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What's On around Lewisham


The following events are coming up soon and are all listed at locations within 1.5 miles from central Lewisham.
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Macbeth at The Bridge House Theatre
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Lewisham blogs

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Things to do in Lewisham

Horniman Natural History Museum

100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ

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Regions in Lewisham

Sydenham
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Lewisham
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Catford
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Deptford
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New Cross
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Blackheath
Blackheath is significantly more affluent and middle class than neighbouring Lewisham and Deptford, particularly since great effort was put into improving the area’s reputation in the centuries since ...More information


Sydenham
Sydenham started to become fashionable after the 1851 Great Exhibition took place in Crystal Palace, a futuristic glass and iron building situated in Sydenham Park, now renamed as Crystal Palace Park....More information


Lee
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Forest Hill
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Neighbouring Boroughs

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Tower Hamlets
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Southwark
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Bromley
Bromley is the largest London Borough by area and as such has many contrasting sides in landscape and people. The growth of the railway system in the nineteeth century turned the northern half of the ...More information


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