Top 10 things to do in Lewisham

Discover one of south London’s unsung boroughs, with these top things to do in Lewisham, The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.
An exterior view of the Broadway Theatre in Lewisham.
The Broadway Theatre, Lewisham. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
From quirky museums and award-winning food markets to music festivals and performance art, Lewisham has plenty to impress curious visitors. Explore its best bits with these top 10 picks.

1. Explore the quirky Horniman Museum and Gardens

Discover an eclectic collection of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments. Don’t miss the gigantic stuffed walrus, arguably the star attraction at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. One of south London’s hidden gems, the Horniman Museum is free and has a lovely café, as well as beautiful gardens with a view.

2. Buy top local produce at Brockley Market

Treat yourself to an array of delicious seasonal street food and produce from the likes of The Butchery, Fosse Meadows and Raastawala. Held in a car park, Brockley Market is an award-winning weekend market and one of London’s best outlets for locally sourced produce from artisan and small producers.

3. Go for a wander in Beckenham Place Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of central London and take a leisurely stroll in 98-hectare Beckenham Place Park, the largest green space in Lewisham. Featuring ancient woodland and a gorgeous Georgian mansion you can visit, the park is a lovely place to while away an afternoon in south London.

4. Get your culture fix at The Albany

Grab tickets to a dance, music, theatre or spoken word performance at The Albany, a performing arts centre based in Deptford, with a history stretching back to the 19th century. Driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of south-east London, The Albany has emerged as a leading hub for artists, communities and creative enterprise.

5. Borrow a book from the phone box library

The ubiquitous red phone box is slowly becoming obsolete... or is it? Not in Lewisham. Head to the corner of Tyrwhitt Road on Loampit Hill to find a rather unique London gem: a red phone box turned miniature library. It's free, too. Simply pop in, take any book you fancy and leave one behind.

6. Feast on late-night street food at Model Market

Sink your teeth into a juicy Zephyr Burger, wash it down with a rum cocktail or two from The Rum Shack, and finish on a high with a delicious frozen custard from Secret Nicky’s. Model Market is the uber-cool place to go for late-night street food in Lewisham. It’s housed in an abandoned 1950s covered market, too.

7. Rave it up at ONBlackheath music festival

Head to Blackheath Common and enjoy a stellar lineup of big names and up-and-coming artists, during the family-friendly, two-day ONBlackheath music festival. Past performers have included Jamiroquai, Rag'n'Bone Man and Grace Jones. Michelin-starred chefs, workshops and kids' entertainers help create a fun and relaxed atmosphere for the whole family.

8. See an exhibition at Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

Head over to Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art for free, world-class contemporary art exhibitions in south London. Located in New Cross, Goldsmiths CCA is housed in a pretty cool building, too – a Grade II-listed Victorian bath house reimagined by Turner Prize-winning architectural collective Assemble.

10. Catch a play at the Broadway Theatre in Catford

Catch a play or a comedy show at Catford's Grade-II listed, art deco Broadway Theatre. The theatre was built in 1932 and plays host to all kinds of performances from comedy and plays to awards nights and film screenings.

The Mayor's London Borough of Culture 2022

Look out for an exciting programme of events when Lewisham becomes The Mayor's London Borough of Culture in 2022.