Catford Area Guide
Once considered a poor relation to neighboring areas like Forest Hill, Brockley and Lewisham, Catford is enjoying its moment in the sun thanks in part to the rumors of the Bakerloo line coming to the area as well as Barrett Homes’ new Catford Green Development between Catford and Catford Bridge stations.
The road behind the treasured Catford Broadway Theatre has been revamped and includes a Costa coffee as well as a lively weekend market but taking pride and place in a grand old building, abandoned and forgotten for over 20 years, is a new hip bar The Constitutional Club serving English classics with a full compliment bar.
You cannot come to Catford without seeing the very large black cat hanging over the town’s sign which will hopefully remain even when regeneration takes hold.
Trains from Catford and Catford Bridge stations are very good with trains to Charing Cross in 20 minutes, St Pancras in 32 minutes, Blackfriars and Cannon Street in 21 minutes and trains south to Bromley and Beckenham. The South Circular road which runs through the area is hard to miss and is often congested but once you’re on it you can get to most places in the car.
To hang out there is a decent Turkish canteen and serving authentic Japanese cuisine Sapporo Ichiban restaurant welcomes customers with sunken tables and friendly service.
There are some great schools in the area Holy Cross Roman Catholic Primary School, Catford’s Rushey Green Primary School, Holbeach Primary School and private school St Dunstans College are just a few of the decent schools in the area.
Catford is significantly cheaper than its neighbours, Culverley Green conservation area is highly sought after with avenues of large Victorian semis. The Corbett estate has double and single fronted terraces and roads towards Hither Green are pricer. On Perry Hill it’s more 1930s with smaller Victorian terraces north-west to Honor Oak/Ladywell.
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