Frequency of work
There may not be a large volume of supply work in Lewisham, however it is easy to commute to east London and to schools within Southwark where there is more supply work available.
Cost of accommodation
Most accommodation is reasonably cheap and good value for money. As the third largest inner London borough, there is a good choice of converted flats, house-shares and apartments available.
Mainly train links with South Eastern trains. You will also benefit from the new overground linking south and east London.
Vibe, type of people that live there
Lewisham is a diverse borough. The main town centres are Lewisham, Catford, New Cross and Deptford. To the north, Lewisham is densely populated. There are number of creative and artistic professionals in the area including poets, painters and musicians, creating a real eclectic mix of interesting people.
Lewisham is very close and easily accessible to Greenwich where there are lots things to see; check out the restored Cutty Sark, The National Maritime Museum, and Meridian Line. The Horniman Museum, located in Forest Hill, contains a Living Waters aquarium, 16-acre garden and a new eco-building, the Centre for Understanding the Environment.
Why choose Lewisham?
There are many creative businesses such as photographers, artists, architects and graphic designers that reside in Lewisham. The south has more parks and open spaces with larger local shopping areas and town centres. Property is affordable with good rail links. Jude Law (actor) and Kate Bush (musician) used to reside in the area.
In the borough of Lewisham you will find Blackheath village which is full of bars, traditional pubs and places to eat with the heath right next to the town. Spoilt for choice for restaurants, I highly recommend Cau, an Argentinian steak house serving top quality food.
Blackheath common is well-known for entertaining sporting activities, picnics and drinks in the summer, a great firework display on Bonfire night and other annual events. In September, OnBlackheath takes the prime spot, a food and music festival which attracts a young crowd as well as local families and groups of friends. Primal Scream and Belle & Sebastian headlined in 2016.
Lewisham as a whole is currently being redeveloped (since 2008). Transport links are great what with the extended East London Line, it’s becoming a popular inner London borough to live in. Part of the redevelopment plan is to ensure that every secondary school and all special needs facilities will either be rebuilt or refurbished. Deptford town centre has also been regenerated with new facilities and is famous for its influential music scene and vintage fashion. Lewisham has lots of different personalities in one, and I love it for being so diverse!
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