Families seduced by magnificent Victorian homes and green spaces. Young professionals in search of comfortable dwellings with good transport links to central London. Artists - some associated with the nearby Goldsmiths and the Camberwell College of Arts - drawn by the community’s diversity and creative spirit. They all cross paths in the streets of Brockley, often against the backdrop of colourful, much-photographed public art.
Stroll along Wickham and Tressillian roads in the protected Brockley Conservation Area for some of the neighbourhood’s most striking homes, while a cluster of new-built apartments can be found around the local railway and London Overground station. There’s no town centre per se here, but a casual stroll between Brockley and nearby Crofton Park will reward you with some of south-east London’s most-loved cafés, restaurants and cultural venues.
Discover Brockley’s best-kept secrets, tucked between an intriguing network of history-laden railways, roads and back alleys.
- The area’s love affair with murals goes way back. Evelyn Dunbar was among the Royal College of Art graduates that in the 1930s painted the exquisite Brockley Murals - inspired by Aesop’s Fables - that today decorate Prendergast School.
- In the 2010s, the Brockley Street Art Festival brought together the local community and artists to create a series of eye-catching murals. The characteristic SE4 and Brockley murals are by local artist Lionel Stanhope, who started out at the festival. An update of the latter included a tribute to Lewisham Olympic medalist Alex Yee.
- The authentically vintage 1950s Rivoli Ballroom is a London favourite whose fame has travelled far and wide thanks to several film and TV productions, that used it as a filming location - from “Strictly Come Dancing” to “The Avengers” via “The Muppets”.