Catford, like its siblings in Lewisham, Deptford and Brockley, is developing into one of London’s buzziest places to be. That’s, in part, because of it’s proximity to Central London (London Bridge is just 11 minutes by train, while Charing Cross is just 19 minutes), but the area has also been invaded by trendy cafés, bars and a monthly food market, which is separate from the daily Catford market.
There’s also Lewisham Council’s regeneration plans for Catford town centre, as well as the facelift given to Catford Broadway — now all spruced up and looking lively with independent cafés and a great little street market. And then, if you need any more reasons to visit, there’s the massive fibreglass cat, a picture of which is destined to find a home on your Instagram.
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Via London Lewisham
Via London Lewisham is located in a residential area just 900 metres from Hither Green station with direct trains to Central London, including Charing Cross, Waterloo, London Bridge and Cannon Street. The property boasts a snack bar, a 24-hour front desk, baggage storage, a shared TV lounge and free WiFi throughout.Each of the brightly decorated rooms include fresh linen, individual power and USB sockets and a shared bathroom.The hostel offers packed lunches and has vending machines for snacks. There is also a terrace.Lewisham Shopping Centre is 1.3 km away, while Greenwich Park is 2 km from the property.From the property, Lewisham Docklands Light Railway Station is 6 minutes’ drive away and Blackheath Train Station is 4 minutes’ drive away. The National Maritime Museum is 2.4 miles away.
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.
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L'Elysee Artisan Café & Patisserie
This Hammersmith café was set up by five friends. It should get quite a bit of custom from those heading to and from London Olympia – it's just over the road. Savoury items on the food menu include salads such as Thai beef with white cabbage, red onion, tomatoes and broccoli in a lime, ginger and soy dressing, and sandwiches filled with honey-roast ham, emmental, rocket and a honey-mustard dressing, or crayfish with sliced avocado rocket and lemon mayo. Breakfasts sandwiches and pastries also feature. Sweets include praline and toffee and pecan cheesecakes alongside tiramisu, a dark chocolate and chantilly slice and a strawberry and Champagne mousse. Coffee comes from Union, and is made using a La Marzocco coffee machine.
Venue says: “We're a great stop if you are at Olympia and need quick, efficient and excellent service with great quality food!”