Catford Area Guide
Located in the London Borough of Lewisham, Catford incorporating Rushey Green, covers the whole SE6 postcode. The South Circular runs through the heart of Catford which also borders Lewisham, Hither Green, Forest Hill, Crofton Park, Grove Park, Downham and Bromley. Over the years Catford has developed into a very multi cultural area and appeals to a wide variety of people – commuters, young families and the retired.
Forget the fibreglass black cat that welcomes you to Catford Shopping Centre, this is an area of London that has so much more to offer.
One of the town’s best attractions is the Grade II listed Broadway Theatre which opened in 1932 – a wonderful example of art deco architecture with its varied programme of shows and events.
Lewisham People’s Day is hosted annually in one of London's best open spaces and another of Catford’s attractions - Mountsfield Park which also hosts arts and craft fairs, fairground attractions and cultural music and dance events. Ladywell Arena running track is also close and is well used by local clubs.
Catford's multi cultural community is reflected in its range of restaurants, cafes and pubs serving food from a global perspective. Catford's oldest pub is the Black Horse & Harrow (now called the Goose on the Green). The pub has existed since at least 1700, though the present building dates from 1897.
Eating & drinking: Catford’s wide selection of affordable restaurants makes it a great place for eating out with friends. A local favourite is Mekan, with its delicious Middle Eastern meze and pleasant setting. Another popular choice is Sapporo Ichiban, which serves excellent traditional Japanese dishes for very reasonable prices. The Catford Bridge Tavern and Little Nans are both popular too. After dinner, head to the recently revamped Catford Constitutional Club and take your pick from its rotating ciders and ales on tap, or join in with its regular pub quizzes or comedy nights. If that’s not for you, try the Riva Lounge for cocktails.
Theatre: The Broadway Theatre is one of Catford’s most beautiful buildings. Now Grade II listed, it was built in 1932 and is a great example of Art Deco design.
Cinema: Catford Free Film Festival is part of a volunteer-powered movement of neighbourhood free film festivals that encourages community involvement through film.. It has also been announced recently that The Fellowship pub will be turned into a community venue thanks to a multi million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Property Market
Catford is highly desirable due to the Corbett Estate (period housing built in Victorian and Edwardian times) and the popular Culverley Green Conservation area which has some of the location’s largest properties. These are ideal for families and young professionals. We serve some of the prime locations in Catford including the area between Bellingham and Catford town centre itself where there is an abundance of 1920’s/1930’s housing.
Catford is served by three overground train stations – Bellingham and Catford (Sevenoaks to Blackfriars) and Catford Bridge (Hayes to Charing Cross). The DLR at Lewisham is nearby with connections to Canary Wharf, Bank, City Airport and Stratford. Catford is well served by various bus routes to central London and Bromley. The A205 South Circular runs through Catford and the A2 is only a short drive away. The nearest tube station is New Cross/New Cross Gate.
Catford Council Tax
Catford is in the Lewisham borough and the latest council tax charges can be found here
The nearest hospital to Catford is Lewisham Hospital.
Lewisham Council has proposed a series of ambitious improvements to the town’s amenities and transport links. In 2010 it bought Catford Shopping Centre, and is currently working on plans for its redevelopment. Barratt Homes has built a new development on the site of the one time Catford Greyhound Stadium with 589 properties. This is part of the larger project to regenerate Catford town centre, with TFL currently considering extending the DLR from Lewisham to Catford and Bromley.