Catford is a hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of south east London, boasting the amenities of a big city in a small town which is bursting with community spirit. Catford is just a stone's throw away from central London, but remains a quiet and affordable respite from big city life with no shortage of natural green spaces as well as walking and cycling routes which connect you to other parts of the borough.
Catford’s transformation to a leafy hotspot for young professionals and families alike owes to the major, ongoing, regeneration of the area by Lewisham Council. These ambitious plans aim to remodel the town centre by rerouting the south circular road, unlocking a huge area of land for shops, homes and public space making the town centre safer and more enjoyable for everyone while creating opportunities for local businesses.
Catford’s regeneration has seen a surge in new and diverse local businesses thriving under the Catford name - Catford Gin being one of them! Catford’s iconic name is thought to originally derive from wild cats in the area or the ford, where cattle crossed the River Ravensbourne. Regardless of its origins, cat iconography endures throughout the town, most notably with the giant fibreglass cat that sits threateningly above the shopping centre!
Catford Shopping Centre, Rushey Green and the historic Catford Broadway are home to the town’s main shopping areas but you will find small independent retailers nestled throughout the town. The House of Catford pop up shop on Catford Broadway is the local neighbourhood store which celebrates the area, selling a range that includes clothing, homeware, the best-selling Catford Cookbook and of course, Catford’s number one gin! The popular street market dates back to the 1880s, and the monthly Catford Food Market can also be found in its new riverside location on Ademore Road. Overlooking the River Ravensbourne, the market offers a culinary exploration of diverse street food, from all corners of the globe, live music and a great community atmosphere. You will also find natural wines, award-winning local spirits and outstanding coffee, too!