Lewisham is just a short hop away from the centre of London, located 7 miles to the south east. Despite the many new developments Lewisham remains a historical area, with Edwardian and Victorian homes plus interesting French Baroque houses too.
If you’re a fan of shopping, you can spend a happy few hours wandering along Lewisham High Street which is particularly long and includes a pedestrianised area too. There’s also a market here too, which has been open since 1906 and is part of the very fabric of the community.
You’ll find an enjoyable array of places to eat and drink in Lewisham but unusually, you won’t find many of the big names, if any. Unlike some other towns, Lewisham isn’t full of big-name chain eateries but instead offers up individual and family-run restaurants which are unique and diverse.
For a relaxing family day out, try Manor Park Gardens which has just about everything you’ll need. A beautiful walled flower garden, ice house, fountain and lake lie alongside tennis and multi sports courts too.
If you’re looking for more to do outside, there are places such as Lewisham Park and Beckenham Place Park. If you’re keen cyclists or walkers, the 12km Waterlink Way loops around Sydenham and around to the Thames.
There’s a veritable feast for culture buffs too with the eclectic Horniman Museum. As well as being an unusual wedding venue, the Victorian museum has an extensive anthropological collection, antique musical instruments, an aquarium and a butterfly house too. Many of the displays are interactive so you can actually pick up, touch and explore the exhibits rather than being held at arms-length. Free to enter and with 16 acre gardens, this is a fascinating spot to spend the day.