For those seeking an authentic slice of London life, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist traps littered around the capital’s centre, New Cross is fast becoming one of the hottest places to be.
Tucked away south of the Thames between Peckham, Camberwell and Deptford, this little bohemian enclave represents so much more than an easy commuting option in and out of the big city.
So, why is New Cross the place to be in London? Here are just five reasons…
It’s Seriously Green
Many take London for a teeming urban metropolis where fresh air and open spaces are at a premium – they do call it the Big Smoke, after all – but lush greenery and parkland is not hard to find in New Cross.
A gentle stroll up to Telegraph Hill will be rewarded with reams of glorious grassland and a stunning view out over London, with the iconic Shard building dominating the skyline.
It’s a Hub for Art, Design and Culture
There’s certainly no shortage of culture in New Cross, which is home to Goldsmiths, University of London – a world-famous arts college whose alumni include Damien Hirst, Katy B and Steve McQueen.
During term time especially, a visit to New Cross can prove to be an enlightening experience as it’s packed with people who are blazing new trails in the worlds of art, fashion and design.
It’s Really Quite Convenient
One of the real beauties of New Cross is that it’s an absolute breeze to get to.
Its proximity to central London means that travelling to New Cross Gate via train is a cinch from the likes of East Croydon or London Bridge, so even if it’s just for a flying visiting you can hop on board, soak up what New Cross has to offer and return home all in a day.
It’s Home to Plenty of Entertainment
Comedy nights are frequent occurrences around London’s New Cross, with the likes of the Amersham Arms (get your London theatre tickets here) hosting budding stand-ups looking to hone their craft and polish their act.
On top of that, the New Cross Inn stages an array of live music events while The Venue is a converted cinema that specialises in tribute bands.
It’s Home to Some of London’s Best Pubs
For those who enjoy a little liquid refreshment, New Cross has some of the best pub life in London, with a range of great boozers that cater for all tastes and preferences.
There’s the Marquis of Granby if you’re seeking an old-school public house, the aforementioned Amersham Arms, LP Bar for those whose poison comes in the form of a perfectly poured cocktail; or you can sink into a comfortable leather sofa at the Royal Albert.
Make it Happen
Get there: Use the Omio portal to find and book the quickest and cheapest flights, trains and buses to and around London.
Sleep there: Use Booking.com and Airbnb to book the best hotels and apartments around London – often with free cancelations.
Book local tours and experiences: Use GetYourGuide to find and book experiences with local guides in London – great prices and I really like the quick and easy-to-use app for booking tours on while you’re on the move.