Buyers Give Brockley a Big-up
Published: 11/01/2019 By Jane RobathanTraditionally, East Dulwich was the most desirable spot in south east London. But you may be surprised to hear that Brockley has significantly beaten its oh-so-posh rival in online search figures for some time. It remains one of the most popular enquiries across south east London today.
SE4 is perfectly positioned for commuters, has excellent schools, a conservation area and remarkable parkland at Hilly Fields. Views are spectacular from the park, which is surrounded by truly beautiful homes and has an esteemed, Hogwarts-esque girls' school plum in its centre.
Roy Brooks once said, "As the artists have already moved into Peckham it is only a matter of time before they are followed by the fringe professions, stage, telly and advertising - with the Chelsea type of married intellectual snob breathing on their necks...." Today, we think Roy's comments ring as true for Peckham as they do for Brockley, New Cross, Deptford and Nunhead. Goldsmiths' and Camberwell postgrads have been setting up studios in these areas for some time. Fringe activities such as arthouse film clubs, off-beat exhibitions and pop-ups, cabaret, comedy and theatre are rife in these areas if you know where to look.
Every July, around 30-40 artists open their studio doors to the public for Brockley Open Studios. Independent cafés, shops, restaurants and bars have flourished too. If specialist shops are surviving, that alone can gauge the demographic supporting them. If you haven't visited Brockley Market, make sure you do, it's intensely good.
Brockley's community is linked by superior hyper-local digital activity. One particular blog is very well attended, helps promote feel-good projects like community gardens and also highlights concerns raised by SE4 residents. Check out Brockley Central to read post and join the discussion.
Brockley has London Overground links, meaning commuters can be in Shoreditch's Digital Mile in minutes. It has also halved travel time to north and west London via a swift change at Canada Water. Brockley is just two stops from that Jubilee line interchange and falls within Zone 2.
Two of south east London's most oversubscribed secondary schools are local; Prendergast (the school at Hilly Fields) and Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College, which falls just outside Brockley's border in New Cross. With the wind behind you and maybe a couple of years' piano lessons, your kids stand a reasonable chance of getting a place at Askes', obviously these things change from year to year. Primary schools include
St John's, St Mary Magdalen and Myatt Garden. Being surrounded by posh spots has helped highlight Brockley's best points; its conservation area is particularly lovely. There's still work to do, shops to be let and areas to tidy up—but Brockley is an interesting spot with an engaged community that deserves everyone's attention.