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.
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Tea & Crafting
Like tea? Like craft? You'll definitely like this creative joint in Camden. Since it was set up in 2009 Tea & Craft has been teaching Londoners to knit, sew, crochet, embroider and much more. The classes are offered as one-off, drop-in sessions for beginners, as well as courses for those who want to learn a lot more. All materials are included, so all you have to do is pay and turn up. So successful are these tea-fuelled workshops, that Tea & Craft now run private sessions, too, for hen parties, baby showers and corporate events, as well as afternoon tea birthday parties.