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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Must see attractions in Lewisham

Horniman Natural History Museum

100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ

Regions & Neighbourhoods in Lewisham

Lewisham has survived devastation on two occasions: heavy bombing in the Second World War when the town centre was badly hit in 1944, resulting in over 300 deaths, and a rail crash in 1957 that killed...
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New Cross
New Cross and Deptford are the two areas being bandied around by the press as being “The New Shoreditch”. While there is a vibrant music scene in New Cross - partly thanks to the arty Goldsmiths C...
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 sinc...
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....
As with most of London’s suburbs, Lee’s development took off in the 19th century, once the train station was built. This south London district is located between Lewisham and Eltham, and is charac...
Forest Hill
Leafy Forest Hill is popular with young families as there are plenty of large, attractive Victorian terraces that remain just about affordable. Much of south London suffers from not being on the tube,...

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