Catford area guide

Find all of the best things to do, see, buy, eat and drink in Catford

Ben Rowe

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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Things to do in Catford

Broadway Theatre
Art

Broadway Theatre

A grade II listed building where you'll encounter all manner of stage-based entertainment.   

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5 out of 5 stars
Halcyon Books
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Halcyon Books

Peruse through a collection of second hand and antiquarian books before pit stopping for a coffee. 

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5 out of 5 stars

Bars and pubs in Catford

Bottle Bar and Shop
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Bottle Bar and Shop

Voted the best bar in Catford in Love City Awards 2018

Catford Constitutional Club
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Catford Constitutional Club

When it comes to finding a good hang-out in Catford, there's not contest, it has to be Catford Constitutional Club. Located down an unassuming alleyway off Catford Broadway, this charming old gentlemen’s club has become the new home of the Catford Bridge Tavern, which burnt down in 2013. There are vaulted ceilings, original parquet floors and the rotating selection of ciders and beers is sourced from all over the country. Plus it hosts monthly comedy and film nights, and a Tuesday quiz.

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5 out of 5 stars
Little Nan's Broadway Theatre Saloon
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Little Nan's Broadway Theatre Saloon

Three words are synonymous with Little Nan’s: ‘kitsch’ and ‘Pat Butcher’. Since an ex-Goldsmiths student created a drinking den from the contents of his recently deceased grandma’s living room in 2013, the remit has always been fun, gaudy venues whose menus are stuffed full of cut-out photos of ex-‘EastEnders’ cast members. That and cocktails that look like the kind of thing you’d order on a package holiday in Marbs. This latest bar – in Catford’s Broadway Theatre – is no different. Walls are lined with ruched red velvet, glass heads wear masquerade masks and palm trees perch amid fairy lights and gold chaises longues. It’s a maximalist riot of tat. The real draw is the crazy-cheap cocktails. The Deptford Arms is a dimpled pint glass filled with a sharp-as-a-tack combo of gin, grapefruit juice, prosecco and Babycham; while the Lionel Richie turns out to be a funky piña colada in a blue wine glass the size of a human head, littered with tinsel and cocktail umbrellas. Nearly everything on the menu is £6 – a total bargain. There’s plenty more to love too, from a velvet-blazer-clad, lounge-jazz-tinkling piano player to five-quid meals from Mama’s Jerk (reheated in plastic containers). This place is unashamedly fun, daftly original and cheap as you like. Chin-chin!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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The Blythe Hill Tavern
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The Blythe Hill Tavern

The 'Best Pub and Cider Pub in the South East of London' as awarded by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Catford

Saigon Streat
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Saigon Streat

A vibrant Vietnamese pop-up that moves around locally and that you can eat in or take away from. 

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5 out of 5 stars
The Gantry
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The Gantry

Local haunt offering good, seasonal, modern British fare cooked and served by a very proficient crew.   

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Archibald's
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Archibald's

A cosy cafe in south London with an outdoor seating area and as much locally sourced produce as possible. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Bona Sourdough
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Bona Sourdough

A sourdough pizza joint in nearby Forest Hill that does cheese-less and tomato-less (bianca) versions too.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels near Catford

Via London Lewisham

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.

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Premier Inn London Lewisham

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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Doubletree By Hilton London - Greenwich

Doubletree By Hilton London - Greenwich

Located in Royal Greenwich, DoubleTree by Hilton London Greenwich is just 15 minutes’ walk from the historic ship The Cutty Sark, and the National Maritime Museum. A gym area is available on site, and rowing, boat excursions and sailing can be enjoyed in the local area. Central London can be reached in 20 minutes by train.Free WiFi is provided in each air-conditioned room at DoubleTree by Hilton London Greenwich, as well as a flat-screen TV, en suite bathroom and tea/coffee making facilities.The on-site restaurant offers an a la carte menu incorporating locally sourced ingredients. Wines, cocktails and champagne can be enjoyed in the hotel’s bar, and afternoon teas and light lunches are also available.The O2 Arena entertainment venue can be reached in 30 minutes via public transport, and Greenwich Market and observatory are only 1 mile away.

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4 out of 5 stars
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The Station Hotel
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The Station Hotel

Hotel and pub that serves food all day, starting with breakfast.

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5 out of 5 stars
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The perfect weekend in Catford

Explore: Mountsfield Park
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Explore: Mountsfield Park

Visit this great green space in Catford, which has lovely views of the city and South London from the highest point. 

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4 out of 5 stars
Brunch: Archibald's
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Brunch: Archibald's

Pop into this stylishly old school café for brunch that serves up local produce when possible and a killer bacon sarnie. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Shop: You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Shopping

Shop: You Don't Bring Me Flowers

What could be better than this spot that sells intricate bouquets of flowers and cakes? Not much, to be honest. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Drink: Little Nan's Broadway Theatre Saloon
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Drink: Little Nan's Broadway Theatre Saloon

Found in Broadway Theatre, this Catford outpost of Little Nan's is just as kitschy with just as brilliant drinks. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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