In 2009, The New York Times proclaimed Deptford a must-visit destination, describing it as ‘a boisterous concoction of blue-collar aesthetics and intermittent hipsterism’ with ‘the most heady of urban ingredients: an edge'. What sets Deptford apart from its arty counterparts Soho and Shoreditch is its strong south London identity, and its history – clues to the area's past as a major dockyard hub can be found around every corner, and only add to its quirky charm. Want to add Deptford to your London to-do list? Read on for Time Out's guide to things to do in SE8, including its must-visit restaurants and places to drink.
Restaurants and cafés in Deptford
Bars and pubs in Deptford
Things to do in Deptford
Laban's Deptford location may seem far-flung, but the spacious south-east London spot allowed the venue to call itself the largest purpose-built contemporary dance centre in the world when its new building opened in 2002.