Top Things To Do And See In Lewisham, London

Photo of Trudie Carter
9 February 2017

Lewisham is hailed by many as up-and-coming; for now it remains an unexpected gem, home to independent cafés and cheap rents. From alternative cinema to life drawing, there are plenty of reasons to visit London‘s southeast. Here, we’ve selected a few of our favourite things to see and do in Lewisham.

Once more with feeling(s) at Lewisham Arthouse, London | © Lewisham Arthouse

The Horniman Museum and Gardens

Museum, Forest, Hill Station, Aquarium
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An anthropology museum offering a unique insight into the history of humankind, the Horniman is home to many weird and wonderful artifacts. Who would have imagined you can experience a stuffed walrus, an original Spanish torture chair and Annang puppets from Nigeria, all in the leafy suburb of Forest Hill? This quirky and surprising addition to the area is well worth a visit, and museum entry is free of charge. Once you’ve had your culture hit, why not take a stroll across the vast landscaped gardens or embark on a nature walk.

Brockley Market

Market, Pastries, British
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The view from Telegraph Hill, Brockley
The view from Telegraph Hill, Brockley | © Squarespace
This award-winning farmers’ and street food market has a growing reputation in the southeast and beyond, and now attracts customers from all parts of the city. If you live in Lewisham, you are lucky to have it on your doorstep. Expect fresh organic fruit alongside more indulgent treats; street food legends such as Van Dough and Mother Flipper provide the obligatory burgers in brioche buns and wood-fired pizza.

Telegraph Hill Park

Park, Hill Station
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The bar at Deptford Cinema
The bar at Deptford Cinema | © Deptford Cinema
Locals know you don’t have to travel uptown for breathtaking views of London’s skyline. Telegraph Hill is the southeast’s answer to Primrose Hill: a leafy, quaint viewing spot 50 meters high, with panoramic views of the City. The surrounding park is popular with dog walkers and yogis alike. Visit the Hill Station, an arty co-operative café, for an expert latte to re-charge your batteries after making it to the top. An annual Telegraph Hill festival with music, comedy and performance is held in the park each Easter by the large number of artists who live in the area.

Deptford Cinema

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After the Deptford Odeon was demolished in the 80s, Lewisham was one of two London boroughs to not have a cinema – until recently. Last year a group of volunteers opened one on Deptford Broadway on the principle that cinema should be accessible to everybody. Deptford Cinema is a nonprofit independent venture, which allows any member of the community to get involved, pick films and run events. Visit for an alternative viewing experience.

Lewisham Arthouse

Art Gallery, Library
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An artists’ co-op based in a Grade II listed former library, Lewisham Arthouse is a hit amongst the Goldsmiths student community in the area. If you are feeling creative, you can volunteer to run a gallery or event in return for studio space. If you only have the day, try a life drawing or botanical illustration class, or attend a free exhibition.

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