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Lewisham area guide

Keep busy in SE13 with Time Out's guide to restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do in Lewisham

Julie Kertesz

The all new 'Lewisham Gateway' is unfolding at speed and rendering the area around the station unrecognisable. Towers have gone up; more are following. And there's a brand new multicoloured sports centre with flashing façade. The dearth of good eating places has been eased over the past two summers by the opening of Street Feast in the old Model Market, now Lewisham's own pocket of Dalston hip. Ladywell is coming into its villagey own as more and more families move into the plethora of Victorian housing that characterises this area and enjoy the handful of shops and cafés on offer, as well as the ample green spaces of Ladywell Fields and Hilly Fields.

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Saigon Streat
Restaurants

Saigon Streat

A Vietnamese pop-up that you can eat in or take away from. Saigon Streat is in Hither Green every Saturday, Greenwich on Fridays and Lee on Thursdays. Visit their website for further details.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Cafe of Good Hope
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Cafe of Good Hope

Community-focused café with a garden, serving coffees, cakes, sandwiches and loose-leaf teas

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Cissy Wears
Shopping

Cissy Wears

A homeware, clothing and gifts store that sells seriously stylish stuff. Such as midcentury-esque melamine sippy cups (a must-have for any baby) and a Finnish birch coffee scoop that doubles as a bag clip.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Attractions

Hilly Fields Park

Were it not for the campaigning of philanthropist Octavia Hill – one of three founders of the National Trust – Hilly Fields would be dead a buried beneath buildings right now. But because of her concern for the living conditions of the poor and preservation of public spaces, Hill managed to get the council to buy Hilly Fields and dedicate it to the public in 1896. Nowadays the park has a nature reserve, playground, cafe, enclosed picnic area, cricket pitch, three tennis courts and a basketball court. And if you bump into 12 large granite stones in a circle beside two taller, shadow-casting stones, these were erected to mark the millennium.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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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Restaurants in Lewisham

Restaurants

Something Fishy

Although this well-weathered chippy closes at 5.30pm, that’s late enough for its market-stall customers who’ve been up since dawn. There’s an earthy romance to Something Fishy. ‘Ea’ in?’ asks the server in a liveried visor-cum-hairband. If no, you get a polystyrene box; if yes, a china plate. Descriptions are deceptive: the ‘small’ cod protrudes from the box and overshoots the plate. Its batter is a crunchy golden coat, which yields easily to a light incision. The white flesh is succulent. A lemon quarter sits atop as a garnish: a lah-di-dah innovation, which we like. The chips are chunky, firm and so plentiful as to leave scant room for the squirt of tomato sauce, self-applied at the counter. Some diners choose the first-floor experience; we prefer to sit next to the sliding windows at a blue Formica-topped table furnished with a cruet set and vinegar bottle with the fingerprints of the previous user on the glass, or outside where the market cries entertain. You finish, belch, say ‘lovely jubbly’ and call for a slab of plump, moist bread pudding lightly toasted on top. ‘Thassa pahnd, luv.’ Up West, it’d be a tenner.  

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Hare and Billett
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The Hare and Billett

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Levante
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Levante

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Panas Gurkha Restaurant
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Panas Gurkha Restaurant

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  • 1 out of 5 stars
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Things to do in Lewisham

Model Market
Things to do

Model Market

The makers of Street Feast are bringing their night-time street food party to an abandoned 1950s covered market in Lewisham, so now the foodies of south east London don't have to cross the river to tuck into delicious portable dinners from the likes of Breddos Tacos, Yum Bun and SmokeStak. Booze comes in all sorts of varieties, most notably alcoholic slushies and shandies served from an old hair salon. Find a spot among the outdoor and indoor eating spaces, or head up to the rooftop to catch the evening sun.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Manor House Gardens
Attractions

Manor House Gardens

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

Bars and pubs in Lewisham

Bars and pubs

Rambles Bar

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The Station Hotel

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

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Jam Circus

Colourful pub with charmingly chintzy décor, real ale, a popular brunch menu and a calendar of live comedy, quizzes and more

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Ravensbourne Arms

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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