all about... SE14 We asked the team at the New Cross branch to reveal their favourite places to eat, drink, shop and socialise in SE14.
1. Goldsmiths, University of London The Goldsmiths site has been providing education in New Cross for over 200 years, dating back to 1792. Today courses and research activities at this branch of the University of London span the arts, humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, business and management. The New Cross campus is at the very heart of the community and boasts its own 101-seat Curzon cinema. Past alumni include Princess Beatrice, Damon Albarn, Sir Antony Gormley, Tessa Jowell and Katy B.
2. The Amersham Arms This Victorian pub has always been at the forefront of South East London’s live music scene but its standing on the cultural scene has grown in stature over the last decade. The Amersham Arms is a traditional pub at the front with a 300-person live capacity out the back, designed to host bands and DJs. Acts to have graced the stage and decks include Alt-J, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Vaccines, Carl Barat, Bloc Party, Primal Scream, The Coral and Terry Hall (The Specials). Food is served all day and there’s even an art gallery upstairs, called Take Courage. As well as live music, there are regular comedy evenings, poetry events and film nights.
3. The LP Bar Probably one of the most unusual venues on New Cross Road, the LP Bar’s interior is influenced by jet-set travel and the aeronautical industry. For all its quirky décor, it’s actually the drinks menu that is most stunning. Visitors can discover a wide variety of tipples at the venue’s ‘Spirit of New Cross’ monthly event, described as an ‘informal evening of learning, tasting and experimenting in the world of liquor’. Expect wines from Alliance Wine, beer from London’s craft breweries, including Partizan and Brick Brewery, bar snacks, and a hot drinks menu that includes Higgin’s London Particular coffee blend and teas from Little Sparrow Tea.
The Rosemary is an organic Hungarian café restaurant in New Cross Gate. It’s a great place to eat and appease your eco conscious, as all the meals and snacks are made from organic ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s own certified organic farm in Welling, from Keats Organics and from a number of other organic businesses. As well as a mouthwatering menu and a juice bar, The Rosemary has a regular events programme, featuring Hungarian folk music and craft beer tasting, among others.
6. New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival This free neighbourhood film festival aims to bring New Cross people together to watch films they might not have seen before in locations they may never have visited. Many of the screenings take place in SE14’s green open spaces, and local filmmakers are invited to submit work in order to preview it to their immediate community. The next New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival will take place in the spring of 2017 but until then, there are special screenings during autumn and winter 2016 to celebrate 40 years of the Race Relations Act.
7. Flour Power City Bakery This award-winning organic bakers is tucked away on New Cross’s Elizabeth Industrial Estate but supplies bread, rolls, cakes and pastries to some of London’s top restaurants, delicatessens, coffee shops and farmers’ markets. Although you can’t go there to buy bread direct, you can drop by Peckham or Blackheath farmers’ markets to get your flourbased fix. Look out for unusual bakes such as seaweed, roasted potato with rosemary and nigella seeds, lavender and chili, and rye, raisin and caraway, alongside more traditional loaves and rolls.
8. London Particular Café Some of the food industry’s fiercest restaurant critics have left London Particular Café fulfilled after sampling dishes from its all-day menu. Everything served is ‘classic English with a modern twist’, with a nod to artisan methods, seasonal ingredients, organic produce and small, local suppliers. The venue is open from 10am on a daily basis, with 10pm finishes on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Pop in for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch or dinner.
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4. Telegraph Hill Festival This festival is an annual focal point in New Cross. In 2016, the festival featured 125 events spread across 16 days during March. Local volunteers and performers give their time for free to make this a much-loved community event, with a very diverse programme that contains live music, concerts, open studios, art shows, interactive exhibits, classes, workshops, talks, documentary making, a radio station, open gardens and cabaret. Past highlights have included life drawing classes, a tour of New Cross’s most inspiring sheds, punk rock karaoke and an interactive murder mystery evening.
5. The Rosemary
This small venue is making a big name for itself and was voted the ‘Best Café in New Cross & Deptford’ in 2015 by Time Out magazine. Its loyal clientele has been growing ever since, with New Cross residents and those from afar flocking to sample the coffee, cakes and savoury dishes. Regular in-café events include live music, comedy, magic and even burlesque. And the unusual name? Inspired by a line that actor Peter Sellers says in the 1960s film The Party.
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