Lewisham seeks Partnerz in Kryme for Ladywell Playtower

You think you know a place... The Ladywell Playtower is now being marketed, to help the Council find a suitable partner to redevelop it. The site includes some stunning interior shots of the building, which looks like the Foot Clan Hideout. Lewisham Council says:

This grade II listed building represents a fantastic opportunity to revive the character and significance of these historic public baths, and strengthen the character of the St Mary’s Conservation Area. Having been out of use for more than a decade this once important community facility now has an opportunity to serve the needs of the local area.

The site offers close proximity to Ladywell’s bustling village centre and well connected transport links, surrounded by rejuvenated public and open spaces. Nearby Lewisham centre is experiencing rapid change and investment, whilst Catford centre is earmarked for major regeneration works.

The double storey property originally comprised first and second class pool halls located at the front right and rear of the site, with adjoining two storey administration space, slipper baths and function rooms. The rear pool hall was badly damaged in a fire in 2005 but remains standing, and there is space for some car parking on site.

Ladywell Playtower sits adjacent to Ladywell Coroner’s Court and Mortuary, both of which are Grade II listed and have been identified by the Council for future development.

The Council will consider proposals from developers, investors, occupiers and consortia to bring the building back into viable use, subject to the necessary consents and requirements.

Click here for details.

Thank you to Paul and Robert for the link.

Spanish Particular at the Brockley Mess

Dioni and Jose write:

From 19th to 28th of January every Thursday, Friday & Saturday (5pm till 10pm) Spanish Particular will be at The Brockley Mess (325 Brockley Road) with tradicional and homemade tapas! Amazing & new selection of Spanish wines!

Warm atmosphere, travel to Spain without leaving Brockley! No pretensions, just Real Spanish Food!

Little business run by Dioni & Jose, a Spanish couple with the desire to share their culture and passion for food with all the neighbours of Brockley and surrounding areas.

Bookings highly recommended! spanishparticular@gmail.com

Coming soon: Winemakers Deptford

The Winemakers Club in Farringdon will serve as a model
New wine bar and restaurant from the team behind the Winemakers Club in Farringdon, opens later this month, replacing Hungry Boy on Deptford High Street. The Drinks Business reports:

Winemakers Deptford is set to open at the end of this month and will comprise a bar and restaurant, as well as a small section of wines for retail.

The company has been importing and selling wine since 1999 and specialises in smaller, niche and up-and-coming producers, as well as organic and biodynamic wines. It supplies a number of bistros, cafes, small restaurants and gastro-pubs in and around London, along with a handful of restaurants in the North of England and Brighton.

Stockists including Fera at Claridges Hotel, Antidote, Stockwell’s the Canton Arms, Great Queen Street, and The 10 Cases.

In 2014 the Winemakers Club opened its first ‘wine pub’ and retail outlet in the City of London under Holborn Viaduct, and the new outlet will be in line with the Farringdon site.

Deptford High Street has the potential to be the new Columbia Road, on a grander scale, with a more diverse mix and better connections. This is a big step forward.

Thank you to Sophie for the link. Follow Winemakers Deptford on Twitter here.


Local designer Prints Harry has created this set of Brockmojis. For years, Gen Z has had to watch Gen X parade around with their Brockley shoulder bags like they own the place, but this is their time now.

It's missing a Brockley Central icon and we've got a subliminal ad for the Caliphate, rather than Meze Mangal, but it's a joyful cross-section of Brockley life.

You can buy a print here for £10.

Posh School Dinners at the Brockley Mess

Pop-up dining company "Watch This Space" writes:

We will be presenting a "Posh School Dinners" pop-up at the Brockley Mess.

We are serving our take on British school dinner classics. Those that know us will know that we won't be serving soggy semolina nor concrete chips. The bell rings for dinner at 8.30 p.m. on 3rd & 4th February 2017.

We hope this will be a fun event and we hope that you eat your meat, otherwise you won't be able to have any pudding. How can you have any pudding when you don't eat your meat?

For the menu, click here.

Writer's Brock

By 2014, I thought I had exhausted every conceivable Brockley pun, so the fact that these guys hacve managed to wring another play on words out of SE4 is a sign that this is a writing group worth joining. Caroline writes:

"We're Writer's Brock, a writing group located in and around Brockley, holding monthly or bi-monthly meetings where we support and offer feedback on each other's work.

"We're currently looking to recruit new members.  All forms welcome, from scripts to prose, novel chapters to short stories."

Contact carolinebacle@gmail.com if you're interested.

Rightmove: Brockley house prices rose at second-fastest rate in last decade

On Monday, Knight Frank claimed that Brockley house prices had risen at the fifth (or possibly fourth)-fastest rate in the capital since 2008. Today, Rightmove have conducted a very similar analysis and reckon that Brockley house prices rose at the second-fastest rate in the capital over the last decade, only lagging Wapping.

The Standard says:

"Every gambler dreams of backing a rank outsider that goes on to outpace the odds-on favourite. Residents [sic] of 10 London locations have done just that, investing in areas which would have appeared in most cases to be unlikely property hotspots a decade ago.

"Nonetheless, these are the neighbourhoods that have seen the most dramatic rise in asking prices in the past 10 years, according to research from Rightmove.

"Brockley has an average asking price of £582,016 and fabulous train links to central London — just 14 minutes to London Bridge [sic] — have helped Brockley to reinvent itself as the place where buyers head when they’re priced out of neighbouring Peckham or East Dulwich [sic].

"Average asking prices are now £582,016, up 143 per cent in the last decade. Brockley converts rave about its comparatively affordable period architecture, urban village vibe and friendly, community feel."

These sorts of tables are being churned out on a regular basis, with varying results, but any meta-study of estate agent data would confirm that Brockley has clearly experienced a very fast rate of house price growth in recent years.

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