Guide type: Area Guide
28th August 2015
Originally playing host to the Royal Navy Dockyard, Deptford went into a sad decline around the late 19th century as the commerial docks fell into disarray and World War II bombs destroyed the area. High unemployment caused an economic decline and much of the local population moved away as the council struggled to maintain development plans.
The implementation of the council regeneration plan in the early 21st century has enabled Deptford to take the title of a thriving community maintaining its rich history and heritage. Today, Deptford is synonymous with lively, bustling, creative and up-and-coming, as the area rose in the eyes of the public and is nowadays ranked alongside the likes of Shoreditch, Dalston and Hoxton.
Located in the enviable SE8 postcode, Galliard’s expansive development spans three sub-developments, Distillery Tower, Distillery Crescent and Distillery Pavilion which will be fully completed by the third quarter of 2015. The gated development includes a Staycity Apart Hotel and a classic re-modelled 19th century warehouse forming a gallery for the prestigious Goldsmith’s College, with Deptford Bridge DLR station adjacent and a development-centred planned commercial zone.
Distillery Pavilion sits as the centrepiece of the development, with an elegantly designed glass façade and five individual apartments featuring our highest specifications. This building is unfortunately sold out and no longer available however please see Distillery Tower for available properties.
Distillery Crescent offers a distinctively innovative building with 10 floors featuring private luxury apartments, three generous communal roof gardens and all homes will be finished to Galliard’s highest standards. This building is unfortunately sold out and no longer available however please see Distillery Tower for available properties.
Distillery Tower provides the landmark of this development, soaring over 250ft high above the city and boasting 115 luxurious apartments. Featuring a communal viewing gallery on the 27th floor to best appreciate the majestic views across the city and the opportunity to purchase secure underground parking, Distillery Tower offers the ultimate choice investment for the home-owner or buy-to-let investor alike.
Deptford has a colourful and vibrant history spanning the Elizabethan period and bearing witness to a number of rebellions and rulers. In 1497, the Battle of Deptford Bridge took place across the creek where the King’s forces soundly beat down the Cornwall rebels. In April 1581, Queen Elizabeth I visited the docks in order to honourably knight Francis Drake for his contribution to exploration and trade, though his worthiness has been contested as his links to piracy became more prominent. Notably, Tsar Peter the Great of Russia lived undercover in Deptford learning the art of shipbuilding during his 17th century rule of Russia. Reportedly, he destroyed the grounds of Sayes Court, commissioned by John Evelyn and now under potential plans to be revived as communal gardens. This rich history is very much appreciated by the locals and with The Deptford Project well underway, the area is set to become a contemporary site with a fine heritage.
Located over Deptford Creek, two railway bridges are still standing in front of a Victorian sewage station which has ensured that since its inauguration in the mid-nineteenth century, the Thames has been considered the cleanest river in all of Europe. The brick railway viaduct is the oldest known rail line in London, originally travelling from London Bride to Greenwich. As part of the Deptford Project, the renovation and extension of the Victorian carriage ramp, a Grade II listed structure and one of the oldest surviving within London, will give the area a much needed remodel.
The Albany Theatre has its roots steeped in history and charity, as a community arts centre hosting events since its launch in 1894. With the original building having burnt down, the rebuilt institution is famed for Prince Charles laying the foundation stone whilst Diana Princess of Wales opened the building in 1982.
The Creekside centre offers a range of activities and events for all ages, combining nature with education whilst nearby the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance designed by Swiss architects focuses on promoting and advancing artistic talents.
The Deptford Market and Griffin Square Food Fair are both regular markets offering fresh fish and fruit stalls, Caribbean influences and assorted clothing and bric-a-brac to suit all your desires. Rag and Bone, located on the high street, has increased in popularity recently, selling second-hand designer and high street fashion items; whilst Aladdin’s Cave provides a rummaging treasure chest of reclaimed items, ranging from floorboards to jewellery.
Serving classic pie and mash for over a century, Manze’s located on the high street offers daily freshly baked pies with classic fillings and sides. For some of London’s most sought-after culinary secrets, Meze Mangal is the place to go, now ranking higher than The Ritz on TripAdvisor, serving classy Turkish food at very affordable prices. To appeal to the quirkier taste, Little Nan’s Bar is a locally owned cocktail bar next door to the Bunker Club, now with a second location in Shoreditch. The décor is synonymous with the name, charmingly offering chintz armchairs and tatty cushions, paying homage to the owner’s own Nan; afternoon tea is served from midday until 4pm and then the bar transforms into a late night cocktail suite from 5pm till late providing an intriguing fusion of stereotypical Sunday afternoons and Friday nights all rolled into one location.
Brookmill Park offers a green escape from the high streets, with a rose garden, duck pond and part of the Ravensbourne River amongst its attractions. Furthermore, Greenwich Park can be found less than a 20 minute walk from Deptford, holding the crown of one of the eight Royal Parks in London. Enhanced by the Prime Meridian Line and the Royal Observatory, the park is also part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site, making it the most historic of parks with roots in the Roman era.
The Deptford Project has been working in conjunction with the Lewisham council to improve and regenerate the area ahead of private developers. With plans to build over 120 new homes, space for local businesses and to maintain the heritage of the area by restoring the Grade II listed Carriage Ramp, the predicted completion for all development is the end of 2015.
Whilst tattoo and piercing parlours are not a rare sight, the studio Kids Love Ink has become more than just the local art shop. Earning itself a solid name within the community, it became a hub for locals to spend their days, so much so that the owner was forced to expand and open up The Waiting Room, a vegetarian/vegan café with the added amenity of a free library book exchange service.
Deptford is located on the A200 which runs through Greenwich and up to Surrey Quays in the other direction. There are a number of free car parks within the Deptford area whilst the others remain on the less pricey end of the spectrum, therefore parking should not be an issue.
The Thames Clipper runs from Putney all the way through Greenwich and finishes at Royal Arsenal Woolwich. To experience a different travel experience and take advantage of the Thames, one can reach Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Embankment with ease.
Deptford rail station connects to Cannon Street, ensuring that London Bridge is a mere nine minute journey away and Cannon Street itself only 15 minutes.
Deptford Bridge station sits on the DLR line, thereby making it easy to reach Canary Wharf in just 17 minutes. Here, one can connect to the Jubilee line or merely indulge in the city’s new financial district.