|HOTEL / APARTMENT||POSTCODE||MILES||STAR||24 May||25 May||26 May||27 May||28 May||29 May||30 May||31 May|
With two of London’s toughest neighbourhoods, Lewisham and New Cross, on one side, and bohemian East Dulwich at the other, Brockley has a bit of a split personality.
It’s one of the greener regions of south London, with tennis courts, basketball and lovely views in Hilly Fields and more space for relaxing in the not-as-morbid-as-it-sounds Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries.
Many students at the nearby Camberwell School of Art and Goldsmiths College live and work in the area, and scratching the surface, there’s a thriving underbelly of the arts here: Brockley Open Studios (www.brockleyopenstudios.co.uk) takes place every June, with the postcode’s multitude of artists and students opening their Victorian homes to viewers who can explore their studio spaces, watch them at work, and maybe buy a piece of affordable local art.
Brockley Max is another annual event celebrating film, music, theatre and poetry in the town’s boho-friendly cafes and bars every May. Brockley Jack (41 Brockley Road, 020 8291 6354, www.brockleyjack.co.uk) is the centre of much of this creativity, once a highwayman’s haunt, now a cosy pub theatre with a lot of interesting fringe productions and a laid-back atmosphere. The Toad’s Mouth Too (188 Brockley Road, 020 8469 0043) is another artsy hang-out with original paintings, famously filling nutritious breakfasts, a network of kooky subterranean rooms and impromptu gigs from local musos.
The liberal atmosphere of Brockley – with its Green Party councillors and hippyish vibe - is best represented by The Broca (4 Coulgate Street, www.brocafoods.com), an ethical coffee shop with an organic, locally sourced food and arts market next door.
This south-east London district is a ten minute overground train ride to London Bridge and there’s another less-used station at Crofton Park, as well as plentiful buses into central London.
|New Cross Station||2||East London||0.23 miles|
|New Cross Gate Station||2||East London||0.48 miles|
|Deptford Bridge Station||2||DLR (Lewisham Branch)||1.06 miles|
|Elverson Road Station||2||DLR (Lewisham Branch)||1.54 miles|
|Lewisham Station||2||DLR (Lewisham Branch)||1.73 miles|
|New Cross Gate Station||0.28 miles|
|New Cross Station||0.46 miles|
|Deptford Station||0.96 miles|
|Brockley Whins Station||1.00 miles|
|St Johns Station||1.10 miles|