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
Bars and pubs in Catford
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.
Restaurants in Catford
Hotels near Catford
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.
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.