Home to one of London's brightest grime stars and nestled in the trifecta of Lewisham, New Cross and Peckham, Brockley has, over the last decade, come into its own. Those that live in the area champion it like a child, and with good reason. Not only are there lovely open green spaces, such as Hilly Fields Park and Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery, but there are also numerous independent shops, like the brilliant Jones of Brockley, and gorgeous cafés, such as Browns of Brockley.
Food and drink options extend way beyond just cafés, though; Brockley is home to some stellar pubs, bars and restaurants. Or, if you fancy something a little more casual, there’s always the award-winning chippy Brockley's Rock, which is worth its slightly-above-average price tag. On Saturdays, you’ll also find Brockley Market, one of south London’s busiest and best food markets. Then spend the night boogieing away at the iconic Rivoli Ballroom.
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Hotels near Brockley
Premier Inn London Lewisham
Offering a restaurant, Premier Inn London Lewisham is located just a 5-minute walk from Lewisham DLR and Lewisham Train Station, offering links to London Bridge Station.Each room here will provide you with air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and a 40-inch flat-screen TV. The bright, modern bathrooms come with a large shower head, and Hypnos beds.At Premier Inn London Lewisham you will find a 24-hour front desk and a bar. Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage.Greenwich Park is 1 mile away and Canary Wharf is 25 minutes away via the Docklands Light Railway.
Church Street Hotel
Craftsman José Raido is behind this attractive and original family-run hotel, near Camberwell Green. Funky bathroom tiles in the bright, high-ceilinged bedrooms, for example, come from Guadalajara, and are thus a perfect match for Mexicana such as imported film posters, while the bed frames were forged by José himself. The colours are as vivid as a Mexican sunset. Bathroom products are organic, as are the pastries and cereals served for breakfast in an icon-filled dining room that also operates as a 24hr honesty bar. You pay only £90 for a double with shared bathroom, which is a real bargain, and the hotel tapas restaurant, Angels & Gypsies, has been a big hit locally since opening in 2009.
Just a 10-minute walk from The Royal Observatory, this ibis London Greenwich features a 24-hour front desk, on-site parking and a stylish bar. The O2 Arena is just a 10-minute drive away. The bright, modern rooms each have a work desk and high-speed internet access. All rooms have a private bathroom and a satellite TV, and tea/coffee facilities are provided. Guests can enjoy coffee, wine and light snacks and meals in the contemporary bar. A hearty breakfast buffet is available daily, featuring cooked options, continental cheeses and fresh fruit. The ibis London Greenwich is a 5-minute walk from Greenwich Market and the Cutty Sark. Greenwich DLR and Railway Stations are just 500 metres away, and South Bank is a 15-minute drive.
The Clarendon Hotel
The Clarendon overlooks historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park as well as views of London and offers a village atmosphere just 15 minutes' from central London by train. It is ideal for visiting the O2 Arena, Canary Wharf and the Excel Exhibition Centre in Docklands.All the rooms at The Clarendon feature an en suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV and free breakfast and WiFi.The hotel offers the Meridian Restaurant, Nautical Chart Bar and first-rate room service.There is a car park at the front and back of the hotel with limited space, along with local car parks and on-street parking nearby. The property is equipped with electric car charging facilities.Great bars, restaurants and boutique shops surround The Clarendon Hotel.The nearest train station is Blackheath, reaching Waterloo and central London after a 20-minute journey. The Royal Observatory at Greenwich Park is 16 minutes' walk away.
The perfect weekend in Brockley
Old Operating Theatre Museum
Britain's oldest surviving purpose-built operating theatre, the Old Operating Theatre Museum is situated in a herb garret in the roof of St Thomas's Church. Built in 1822 for poor women, the theatre has been restored with original furniture and equipment, including a nineteenth-century operating table, surgical instruments and pathological specimens. Visitors enter via a vertiginous wooden staircase to view a pre-anaesthetic operating theatre with tiered viewing seats for students; sanitised reenactments are sometimes held – just as gruesome as the operating tools that look like torture implements. Temporary exhibitions also take place, which often combine art with explorations of pathology.