Brockley Area Guide
Brockley, for many years, went under the radar in search of the ‘next big thing’ for home hunters until the London Overground arrived in 2012. The East London Line, The Ginger Line, call it what you may, the opening of this line saw a boom in attracting people to the area, driving prices higher along with the demand and need for more amenities.
A South East London treasure that has changed over the last number of years as visitors realised what a well-located and well-serviced by transport and infrastructure the area is. Eight trains an hour on The Overground Line along with four trains to London Bridge. The commuter is spoiled as the Overground benefits from air-conditioning, and although the passengers have gone up around 20% over the last few years, it isn’t all that bad!
The area is renowned for a wide variety of different styles of Victorian homes. The second half of the nineteenth century saw the Tyrwhitt-Drake family develop the Northside of Brockley with some incredibly grand villas, large terraces and semi-detached houses.
Many of these homes were converted after the second world war into multiple occupation.
A large amount of this area was designated The Brockley Conservation Area in 1974. The very ‘hands-on’ Brockley Society was born this year too. When the Conservation Area is talked about, people often think Breakspears Road, Tressillian Road, Wickham Road, Manor Avenue and Upper Brockley Road although there are so many others that all have something to shout about – Montague Avenue and Hilly Fields Crescent – Who wouldn’t want to look out over the fabulous Hilly Fields open green spaces? Stroll to the top of the Fields, and you will find the popular and well-reviewed Pistachios in the Park Café, along with some pretty fantastic skyline views of London.
This leads us onto some other nearby green spaces – Telegraph Hill Parks are a stroll along Drakefell Road and between the two parks here is found a true community café, The Hill Station. Again, some amazing views of London are found here.
The other side of the train tracks of Brockley Station is a great selection of Victorian mostly terraced three and four-bedroom houses of original footprint of around 1000 to 1500 SqFt. These roads including Arica Road, Aspinall Road, Dundalk Road, Finland Road, Revelon Road and St Asaph Road have grown in popularity due to location to the Overground and an Outstanding Primary School.
There is a choice of Good & Outstanding Schools according to Ofsted, including John Stainer Community, Beecroft Garden Primary, Gordonbrock Primary, Myatt Garden Primary. For secondary schools, there is Haberdasher’ Aske’s Hatcham College and Prendergast.
Hungry & thirsty? Well, the ever-expanding choice of independent bars, cafes, and bistros continues – Bite Mi (Vietnamese), The Brockley Deli, The Gantry (English/European), The Orchard (Relaxed Gastropub), Masala Wala (Home-made Pakistani cuisine), Parlez, (French bistro). On a Saturday morning, the award-winning Brockley Farmers Market on Lewisham Way, drawers an appreciative crowd.
People often come into our office and ask what is Brockley like? We point to the Foodbank basket we hold for Trussell Trust (often with donations in it) and explain we have four offices, Greenwich, Charlton and Eltham and ours is the only basket that gets filled up consistently every month. People come to Brockley and fall in love with the laid back ambience and feel passionate about looking after others. Visit Brockley – see if you fall in love too! You could start by looking at ‘I Love SE4’ on Facebook. See the friendly welcome you receive.