Living in Deptford, London SE8
Offering converted wharves and industrial sites as premium developments and social housing as well as a high street of markets, cafés and novel pop-ups, Deptford is proving to be hugely popular with young professionals and investors alike.
Originally playing host to the Royal Navy Dockyard, Deptford went into a sad decline around the late 19th century as the commercial docks fell into disarray. Much of Deptford was destroyed during the Blitz in the Second World War which eventually led to economic decline and consequently much of the local population choosing to move away.
However, the implementation of the council regeneration plan in the early 21st century enabled Deptford to take the title as a thriving community maintaining its rich history and heritage. This now lively locality is ranked alongside the likes of Shoreditch, Dalston and Hoxton.
Property in Deptford
Coming soon to Deptford, Neptune Wharf promises to deliver an all-new mixed-use scheme including a collection of private residential units that will ooze sophistication and style. Those choosing to call Neptune Wharf home will enjoy having the peace and tranquillity of Deptford Park located directly opposite, and the wealth of bustling shops, cafés, and restaurants just over 10 minutes’ walk away.
Located in the enviable SE8 postcode, Galliard’s expansive development spans three sub-developments, Distillery Tower, Distillery Crescent and Distillery Pavilion. Now fully sold, the gated development includes a Staycity Apart Hotel and a classic re-modelled 19th century warehouse forming a gallery for the prestigious Goldsmith’s College.
History of Deptford
Deptford has a colourful and vibrant history spanning the Elizabethan period and bearing witness to a number of rebellions and rulers. In 1497, the Battle of Deptford Bridge took place across the creek where the King’s forces soundly beat down the Cornwall rebels. In April 1581, Queen Elizabeth I visited the docks in order to honourably knight Sir Francis Drake for his contribution to exploration and trade, though his worthiness has been contested as his links to piracy became more prominent. Notably, Tsar Peter the Great of Russia lived undercover in Deptford whilst learning the art of shipbuilding during his 17th century rule of Russia.
Places of Interest
Located over Deptford Creek, two railway bridges are still standing in front of a Victorian sewage station which has ensured that the Thames has been consistently considered as the cleanest river in all of Europe. The brick railway viaduct is the oldest known rail line in London, originally travelling from London Bridge to Greenwich. As part of the Deptford Project, the renovation and extension of the Victorian carriage ramp, a Grade II listed structure and one of the oldest surviving within London, has given the area a much-needed remodel.
The Albany Theatre
With its roots steeped in history and charity, The Albany Theatre is a community arts centre in the heart of Deptford that hosts year-round events and offers a space for new, creative talent. With the original building having burnt down in 1978, this now-rebuilt institution was re-opened by its patron, Diana, Princess of Wales in 1982.
The Creekside Centre
Offering a range of activities and events for all ages, The Creekside Centre combines nature with education. Their commitment to maintaining Deptford Creek is evident through the frequent events and programmes ran to engage the local community and encourage all to protect and nurture the local environment. The centre is the only organisation in the capital to offer visitors the chance to safely wade through the creek – an experience which is unique and enjoyed by all who take part.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Host to world-class teaching and facilities, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is focused on promoting and advancing artistic talent. They nurture and develop their students, providing collaborative opportunities and creative development to all.
Deptford Market Yard
Open seven days a week, this popular market yard is conveniently located along Deptford High Street. Made up of 14 arches – which originally stored railway passengers’ horses and carriages – as well as seven further units located above the ramp and two fabulous restaurants, the yard is home to various independent outlets ranging from cafés and restaurants to a yoga studio and record stores. With so much to eat, drink and explore here, it’s no wonder Deptford Market Yard is so well-loved by local residents.
Operating every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, you’ll find pretty much everything you could possibly need at this traditional market. Closed off for pedestrian use only on market days, you’ll find fresh fruit and veg, fish, clothing, haberdashery, fabric as well as foods from many cultures across the world at Deptford Market.
Located just off of Deptford High Street, Douglas Way offers a market of a different kind. If you love to hunt for hidden treasures such as antique silverware or simply just enjoy a good old rummage through pre-loved goods, head to Douglas Way where you’re guaranteed to find a bargain.
Food and Drink
Visit Manze’s for your pie and mash fix. This traditional cockney dish has been in the Manze family for over a century and remains a firm favourite with locals.
Serving a wide range of traditional Turkish food, Meze Mangal provides an authentic dining experience with a cosy atmosphere and friendly service. And the reviews don’t lie; Meze Mangal ranks very highly with local residents with hundreds of faultless reviews online.
If you’re after a more elegant evening out, The Watergate is the place to go. Small plates, cocktails and natural wines are at the core of this beautiful eatery which is complemented by a warm ambience and welcoming service.
The Deptford Bus
We can’t talk about Deptford without mentioning The Deptford Bus. This retired iconic London bus now finds itself permanently parked-up in their all-weather beer garden located close to the creek. Serving fresh stone-baked pizzas, delicious cocktails and draft beer, why not stop and watch the world go by at this local landmark? All aboard!
Little Nan’s Bar
Appealing to the quirkier taste, Little Nan’s Bar is a locally owned cocktail bar with an incredible story. Set up in memory of his ‘Little Nan’, Grandson Tristan used his beloved Nan’s chintz furniture, ornaments and heirlooms to open Little Nan’s Bar in a tiny venue in Deptford. Fast forward a few years and Tristan’s vision has gone from strength to strength. Private events, pop-ups and new permanent premises all followed in quick succession and this little gem has now won more awards than we can count. If there’s one thing that can be said about Little Nan’s Bar, it’s that you will feel completely at home when visiting – just like you’re at your Nan’s house!
The Dog & Bell
This traditional boozer is the ideal location for quenching your thirst. Home to some excellent Real Ales and pub grub classics, The Dog & Bell should definitely be on your list if you live in Deptford. They also host live music nights and a pub quiz every Sunday evening, it’s a win-win situation!
Offering a green escape from Deptford’s bustling high street, just a few minutes’ walk away and you’ll find yourself in Brookmill Park’s nature reserve. The park runs adjacent to the River Ravensbourne covering a green area of around five acres. The park’s attractions include a cycle route, a play area, and an ornamental garden.
Greenwich Park can be found less than a 20 minute walk from Deptford. Holding the crown of one of the eight Royal Parks in London, this vast expanse is home to some of London’s most well-known views and of course, not forgetting the iconic Royal Observatory. The park is also part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site, making it the most historic of parks with roots in the Roman era.
The Deptford Project
In conjunction with Lewisham council’s regeneration mission, The Deptford Project is a mixed-use scheme occupying a vast area close to Deptford station. Home to an eight-storey building comprising 121 apartments, seven commercial units, a public piazza with market space, The Deptford Project is at the heart of the community.
Fun Facts about Deptford
- Famous diarist John Evelyn lived at Sayes Court in Deptford. Today, his name remains a key figure of Deptford’s history.
- Deptford railway station is one of the world’s oldest suburban stations.
- Deptford Dockyard – which was established in 1513 – was the first Royal Navy Dockyard and was visited by Queen Elizabeth I in 1581 where Francis Drake was knighted.
Deptford has some excellent schools ranging from pre-school years, to senior years. Deptford Park Primary School is an Ofsted ‘Good’ school that celebrates the rich diversity of Deptford’s community. High-achieving secondary school, Addey & Stanhope, pride themselves on quality education that has spanned 300 years and attains great exam results.
Deptford is located on the A200 which runs through Greenwich and up to Surrey Quays in the other direction. There are a number of car parks within the Deptford area therefore parking should not be an issue.
The Thames Clipper runs from Putney all the way through Greenwich and finishes at Royal Arsenal Woolwich. To experience a different way of travel and take advantage of the Thames, take a trip along the water to reach Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Embankment with ease.
Deptford railway station connects passengers to London Bridge station in a mere nine minutes and Cannon Street station in just 15 minutes.
Deptford Bridge station sits on the DLR line, thereby making it easy to reach Canary Wharf in just 17 minutes. Here, further connections via the Jubilee line can be made for journeys into Bond Street station or Stratford station to name just a few.