Grand villas and large terraces make up the residences in the neighborhood of Brockley. Formerly an exclusive part of London, the area is bouncing back from hard times. Spurring its reinvention are professionals who want to be in striking distance of the City, families attracted by the great schools, and a burgeoning art scene thanks to grads from the nearby Camberwell Collage of Art. In fact, this has become a hub of the creative set and has one of the highest concentration of artists in London. This mix of residents forms a tightknit community that works together to continue to improve Brockley.
Homes in the area are usually very large, though some have been converted into flats. You'll also find some small cottages, modern apartment buildings, and Victorian terraces.
The neighborhood has a good mix of highly rated cafes and restaurants and it's become a world class spot for coffee. The Orchard, The Gantry, Arlo & Moe, and the Brockley Brewery are just some of the tasty options here.
Brockley has an active community. The Midsummer Fayre is a community event that is highly anticipated each year. There are 150 stalls with food and trinkets and tons of family entertainment. Brockley Max is another event held in early summer that features art, food, and children's activities over a week. There is also a nice theater scene with the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre being one of the most innovative around. The iconic Rivoli Ballroom has hosted acts like Florence + The Machine, The White Stripes, and Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher.
Local amenities include a world class toy store, a weekly farmers' market, artists' studios, libraries, swimming pools, a hair salon, grocers, and just about everything else you might need.
There's also a lot on offer for people who love the outdoors. Hilly Fields has tennis courts, football pitches, and even adult climbing stations. Blythe Hill Park is another great space with views of central London and a children’s playground.
The City: 5.1 miles / 25-55 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit
Canary Wharf: 5.9 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 25-35 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Southwark: 4.3 miles / 20-35 minutes by car / 20-30 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Westminster: 5.9 miles / 25-60 minutes by car / 35-45 minutes by transit
Shoreditch: 6.4 miles / 35-70 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit