If you haven’t yet heard of Deptford, chances are you will very soon. Artists, students, first-time buyers and lifelong Londoners – they all gather in this exciting south-east London district, which has suddenly become as cool and sought-after as places like Peckham and Hackney.
Where is Deptford?
Deptford is on the south Bank of the River Thames, a little way between historical Greenwich and bohemian Bermondsey. It shares many parallels with its neighbours – including a rich maritime heritage and a cornucopia of age-old pubs and hipster-friendly eateries. But it’s got an identity all of its own all the same.
Deptford High Street is regarded as one of London’s liveliest. The start of it’s marked by a giant, lopsided anchor (Deptford was the first of the Royal Docks), and its quarter-mile stretch is home to a stunningly beautiful Baroque church and a great selection of Vietnamese restaurants, butchers and pie and mash shops. Its street market is old-school Eastend at its best – completely devoid of organic juices and sour dough – this is noisy, wonderful bric-a-brac territory, and it attracts big crowds on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Not far from the high street is Deptford Market Yard – a cluster of independent stores and restaurants, huddled beneath the railway arches of Deptford station. Little Nan’s is a much-loved cocktail bar where the tipples are served in teapots. And the area is often playing host to pop-up events like art exhibitions. Speaking of which, Deptford is a hotspot for creatives, thanks to its plentiful studios, galleries and the esteemed Albany Theatre.
Deptford was named after its creek, and its Creekside Discovery Centre is a great place to take little ones. The district is also home to a handful of parks, including Brookmill Park and Deptford Park – the latter sprawls over 17 acres and boasts a children’s playground and a picnic seating spot.
New developments in Deptford
Deptford’s surge in popularity has resulted in a multitude of new apartments and houses. First-time buyers, especially, are loving Anthology’s Deptford Foundry. This smart new-build teams stylish, contemporary apartments with a selection of artists’ studios – all built on the site of an old metal foundry.
“The concierge is really helpful and will accommodate any requests you may have. Overall, there aren’t any aspects which I can think of which would have improved the buying experience. Thank you Anthology, for making my first property purchase a special one!” – Ben, verified resident at Deptford Foundry
“Georgia and the rest of the team made the buying experience stress free and extremely positive. As a first time buyer, they were always helpful with any queries I had, and the communication throughout the process has been excellent. The development itself is really well done, and I am extremely happy with the apartment. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or team to help me with buying my first home.” – Ryan F, verified resident at Deptford Foundry
Union Wharf is an upcoming new-build from Build to Rent pioneer, Essential Living. Its twin towers have nabbed a prime setting overlooking Deptford Creek, and will house one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Read reviews from Essential Living residents to get an idea of what to expect.
Transport for Deptford
Deptford has no Underground station to speak of, but its Zone 2 location means it’s still well-connected. From Deptford station, commuters can reach London Bridge in less than 10 minutes, Farringdon in under 20 and King’s Cross in 23. Deptford Bridge and Elverson Road are other alternatives, both of which offer direct services to Canary Wharf.
With its edgy credentials and handy London links, it’s no surprise Deptford is having a moment in the spotlight. And while the developers are moving in thick and fast, it shows no signs of losing the character and charm it’s known for.
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