There's been some buzz about New Cross recently – that it'll be the next cool neighborhood, or that new businesses will be opening up soon. No doubt these things will come true eventually as Londoners migrate to more affordable parts of the city and bring new life to forgotten places. But until then you will have to deal with New Cross's rougher parts (and you'll always have to deal with the major road that cuts through the neighborhood and brings awful traffic during rush hour).
Still, it does seem to check all the boxes on the "Ripe for Gentrification" checklist. Huge population of the creative class? Check. Affordable homes? Check. Decent nightlife? Check.
New Cross is teeming with students and artists thanks to nearby Goldsmiths University of London. Young professionals are making their way here as well. If you're looking to set down some roots, this is an affordable neighborhood to buy in. Great deals are also available to those looking to rent. Pe
As far as food goes, you're not going to find upscale dining here, but you will find some terrific casual restaurants offering a range of cuisines. There are a lot of “hole in the wall” places that create authentic, flavorful foods at low prices.
New Cross doesn't have a ton of nightlife options here, but it does have some great places. The Amersham Arms pub is a quiet spot for a drink on a lazy day but becomes more raucous in the evening when it hosts live music. The Rose Pub, which has a large back garden, is another local favorite.
For families, there are a number of good primary and secondary schools nearby.
The City: 4.4 miles / 20-50 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 25-30 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 5.3 miles / 20-50 minutes by car / 25-35 minutes by transit / 25-30 minutes by bike
Southwark: 3.6 miles / 15-35 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit / 20-25 minutes by bike
Westminster: 5.1 miles / 25-60 minutes by car / 35-40 minutes by transit
Shoreditch: 5.6 miles / 30-70 minutes by car / 35-40 minutes by transit
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