Area Guide - Buying Properties in Catford


Dominated by an enormous fiberglass sculpture of a black and white cat, Catford is a well-connected south London neighbourhood with Victorian and Edwardian streets combined with post-WW2 development, e.g. the cat and the shopping centre.  Shopping is also available on the Broadway and market and Lewisham's civic centre and a modern library are here.


Catford grew from a ford of the river Ravensbourne and remained primarily rural until the railway arrived in 1857.  It is first mentioned in the 13th century when a part of the manor was sold.  The oldest pub is believed to date from 1701.  This is the Black Horse and Harrow which is now in a 19th-century building.  There were houses near Catford Bridge in 1745 and major development came with the Corbett estate from 1885 to 1911.

Leisure & Amenities

Places to go and things to do:

  • Broadway Theatre
  • Mountsfield Park and Lewisham People's Day

Active Life:

  • 5- a side football league - Jubilee Ground
  • Waterlink Way - riverside walk along the Ravensbourne

Eating and drinking ideas:

  • Catford Constitutional Club - pub
  • Catford Bridge Tavern
  • La Pizzeria Italiana
  • Sapporo Ichiban
  • Deli Nene
  • Many Turkish grocery shops


  • Catford station - trains to Blackfriars and St Pancras
  • Catford Bridge station - trains to Charing Cross, Cannon St, London Bridge, Waterloo
  • Many bus routes
  • South Circular Road
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