Area guide Brockley

Brockley is a neighbourhood located near Forest Hill, Lewisham, and Peckham, which has a unique character and retains its individuality. It is just a 10-minute train ride from the city centre, yet it has its own charm. The streets of Brockley are lined with trees, which make it a scenic location, and the Victorian houses are well-preserved. As a result, part of this neighbourhood has been designated as a conservation area.

Brockley is famous for its vibrant street art Summer festival, which is a delight for both art enthusiasts and locals. The festival showcases colourful creations that adorn the walls and shopfronts of the neighbourhood.

Brockley Road is the heart of the area, and it hosts a range of eateries, such as Vietnamese cuisine at Mo Pho, the family-friendly, 1950s-inspired Arlo & Moe teashop, and Browns of Brockley, which is an excellent place for a mid-commute coffee. The area also boasts a variety of new, buzzing bars and pubs, such as the Wetherspoons at Brockley Barge, the modern Joyce pub, and the fantastic Parlez, known for its patio dining and all-day breakfast. So, you will have a wide range of options to choose from for your local brewery or lunch/dinner spot.

For food lovers, there’s no better place than the award-winning Brockley Market, which takes place every Saturday in the Lewisham College Carpark. With a variety of hot and cold food options, as well as fresh produce, you’re always in for a treat at this market.

However, if you prefer a more peaceful experience, we recommend taking a Sunday morning stroll around Hilly Fields Park. It serves as a reminder of why Brockley’s conservation is essential for everyone’s best interests.

"Hilly fields is a great place to go with the kids and even has standing stones that are 400 million years old!"

Eliot Giuralarocca – Actor, Director & local landlord

Area Highlights

For live music in a retro atmosphere, there is nowhere better than the Rivoli Ballroom on Brockley Road. The fabulous 1950s venue has played host to some of the country’s top musicians. There is also a lovely theatre showcasing local talent in the Brockley Jack. There are new plays almost 1-2 times a month. There is great street art throughout Brockley most prominently around Brockley Station on Coulgate Street you will see vibrant colours and murals displayed artistically on walls and houses.

Hilly Fields Park is a serene haven that offers spectacular views of the city. It is lovingly maintained by the Friends of Hilly Fields, who are always happy to welcome new members. If you’re looking for a quiet and peaceful walk, you can head down to Brenchley Gardens, which stretches along the borders of Brockley, with the lovely One Tree Hill located right opposite. Alternatively, you can join one of the many workshops and activities at Turnham Community Centre, which caters to both young and old. For instance, there are street dancing classes on Tuesdays for 5-18 year-olds, as well as exciting Zumba classes.

Food enthusiasts will be delighted with the wide variety of high-quality food options available at the Caribbean Jerk Garden and the chic and gourmet Indian restaurant, Babur. Additionally, visitors can explore Gently Elephant for irresistible toys and children’s clothing or Magi Gifts for an imaginative and eclectic selection of treats.

John Stainer Community Primary School received an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. St William of York Catholic Primary School and Turnham Primary Foundation School were rated ‘good’. Additionally, Stillness Junior School and Beecroft Primary School are also in the area.

Brockley is a great location with excellent transport links to London and beyond. The mainline train station is just 15 minutes away from London Bridge, and the Overground line will take you to Shoreditch in just 17 minutes. There are frequent services to Caterham and London Victoria too. The adjacent Crofton Park station provides a direct service to St Pancras International. In addition, there are many bus options available, including the 171 and 172 routes, as well as the P4 and 122 bus routes.