Did you know Deptford was once home to a thriving royal dockyard, the brainchild of Henry VIII? You’ll see nods to this all over the area - for example, the anchor that sits proudly at the top of the busy high street. You can’t miss it!
There’s cutting edge culture to be enjoyed here; theatres, galleries, a cinema and museums meet you at every turn. The Albany brings you new and innovative theatre productions and you’ll find world-class dance at the contemporary Laban building. Nearby Greenwich is also home to the Royal Museums.
The culture of the area is reflected by those who live there. Communities of artists and makers are found all over Deptford, but especially around the Creekside area. Here you’ll find award-winning social enterprise Cockpit Arts. They support creatives at all stages of their career so if you want help turning your hobby into a business and want to make Deptford your place of work as well as your home, you can apply for a place at any time.
Lewisham was one of only two boroughs with no dedicated cinemas until locals came together to open this not-for-profit community cinema. Offering something entirely different from mainstream cinema, this 44-seater space has a varied programme of cult classics, documentaries and foreign films. If you’re a film buff they’re always looking for more willing helpers – get in touch if you want to make more friends in the area.
39 DEPTFORD BROADWAY SE8 4PQ
Dating back to 1899, this historic venue sits in the heart of Deptford. It was rebuilt in 1982 after being destroyed by a fire and is now a thriving performing arts centre used by heaps of local community groups. The programme spoils you for choice, offering up 24 theatre companies in residence alongside music, comedy, spoken word and dance. You can also hire space for business or social use – perfect for bringing a bit of drama to your next party!
DOUGLAS WAY SE8 4AG
Like to be ahead of the curve? Spend an evening here and you might just see one of the next big names in musical theatre or dance. Alumni include Cressida Bonas and Anjali Jay. The building itself is designed by the same architects behind the Tate Modern – Herzog & de Meuron. The Conservatoire puts on a programme of award-winning operas, concerts and festivals. So pay them a visit and become a culture vulture!
30 CREEKSIDE SE8 3DZ
This community hub is run by the Albany Theatre on behalf of Lewisham Council. Here you’ll find a well-stocked public library, computers, study areas, café, room hire, events and a roof-top ball court for when you need to let off some steam. Escape the office for the day or try your hand at agile working from the creative space here – it’s yours to use.
9 GIFFIN ST SE8 4RJ
Remember what we said about the area’s maritime history? Greenwich is only a 12 minute bicycle ride from Deptford Landings along dedicated routes. The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is bursting with artefacts, exhibitions and memorabilia. While you’re in the royal borough you can also take in the rest of the Royal Museums Greenwich including Queen’s House, Cutty Sark and the Royal Observaory. It’s a great day out and just a short hop from home.
ROMNEY ROAD, GREENWICH SE10 9NF
There aren’t many addresses where you’re only minutes away from an art gallery. SE8 Gallery is independent and displays thought-provoking exhibitions from established and emerging artists from the UK and abroad. Previous works at the studio space have included sound pieces, installation art, performance and video art. It’s only open at the weekends from 2pm – 6pm so contact the gallery if you want to visit at alternative time.
171 DEPTFORD HIGH STREET SE8 3NU