The lowdown: Deptford
Five miles south east of central London, Deptford offers street cafes, pop-up shops and a lively market. Only one stop from London Bridge, and with an eclectic mix of social housing and new flats, it’s easy to see why the area is popular with young professionals and first-time buyers.
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Average house prices in Deptford
One-bedroom flat: £356,000
Two-bedroom flat: £516,000
Two-bedroom house: £517,000
Three-bedroom house: £601,000
Four-bedroom house: £938,000
Average rental prices in Deptford
One-bedroom flat: £1,298 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,646 a month
Two-bedroom house: n/a
Three-bedroom house: n/a
Four-bedroom house: £2,323 a month
Deptford has two primary schools judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted while the local comprehensive school Addey & Stanhope is judged to be “good". There are also quite a few nearby state comprehensives that are judged to be “outstanding”. See our full list here.
The heart of Deptford is its long high street that stretches from Deptford Broadway to Creek Road and there is a busy market on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. London Velo is a new bike shop, café and bar; Kids Love Ink is a tattoo parlour; there is vintage clothing at Rag ‘n’ Bone; and Bearspace is an art gallery. See our full list here.
Deptford train station has trains to Cannon Street (15 minutes) passing through London Bridge (nine minutes). Deptford Bridge is on the DLR and is seven stops from Heron Quays, a few minutes walk to Canary Wharf. All stations are in Zone 2 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,284.
Manze’s is a traditional pie and mash shop; The Job Centre is one of Antic’s growing chain of shabby chic bars; the Waiting Room is a vegetarian and vegan café; Deli X is a delicatessen and café and The Big Red is a pizza joint in an old double-decker bus on Deptford Church Street.
Leisure and the arts
The Albany is a performing arts centre that puts on shows with particular relevance to the community. The Deptford X is a celebration of Deptford’s artists which has been running since 1998, this year planned to take place from 25 September to 4th October. Wavelengths Leisure Centre is the local council-owned swimming pool.
Deptford Park is the area’s largest park and The River Ravensbourne runs through Brookmill Park where there is an ornamental garden, a lake, a children’s playground and a nature reserve. The Waterlink Way is an 8-mile walk from Sydenham to the Thames that runs through the park. Sayes Court Park is a small park that once formed part of Sir John Evelyn’s garden.
£360,000: well-located for the City and Canary Wharf, this one-bedroom apartment offers panoramic views across Greenwich from its position on the 24th floor.
£370,000: this two-bedroom, second-floor apartment offers a bright lounge and French doors that lead to a south-facing balcony. Greenwich and Deptford mainline stations are less than ten minutes' walk away.
£550,000: just a short walk from the shops and bars of Greenwich, this two-bedroom third-floor apartment has an open-plan reception room and a private balcony.
£1.1 million: arranged over three floors, this Victorian home offers original fireplaces and sash windows. There are three bedrooms, with a formal reception room that could be used as a fourth.