The southeast London neighbourhood of Lewisham is in high demand and has been for a good few years now. Within Lewisham, you'll find Crofton Park with its ample green space and quiet vibes.
An increasing number of renters are making the move to Crofton Park, thanks to its affordable rents, travel links and selection of shops and restaurants. This is a London postcode with plenty going for it.
In our latest London guide, we're exploring the SE4 postcode of Crofton Park and everything it has to offer. So read on and discover what it's like to live in this southeast London neighbourhood.
On a map
Crofton Park is located in southeast London and falls under the London Borough of Lewisham. Neighbouring areas include Brockley, Honour Oak, Hither Green and Catford. It's located a little over five miles south east of Charing Cross.
History of Crofton Park
Crofton Park is the original site of the former agricultural hamlet of Brockley, where it mostly consisted of Brockley Farm, Brockley Hall and the Brockley Jack public house.
By the 19th century, the area saw rapid expansion after a new railway line opened in 1892. The station was given the name Crofton Park, as Brockley already had two other stations: Brockley Station and Brockley South.
Subsequently, the area was referred to as Crofton Park, despite it being located in the heart of Brockley. As the area continued to expand at speed, the name stuck, and it officially became known as Crofton Park.
Who lives there?
Crofton Park has a population of just over 15,000 and a median age of 35, which reflect it's relatively young demographic of professional renters. Fifty-six percent of the residents in Crofton Park rent their home.
Renting in Crofton Park
There's ample choice when it comes to properties in Crofton Park. Many of homes are from the Victorian and Edwardian era and have been converted into flats and maisonettes. Lewisham and surrounding areas (including Crofton Park) have a fair amount of new builds in the form of shiny new residential developments.
A one-bedroom apartment achieves in the region of £1,100 per month in Crofton Park, while a two-bedroom home fetches around £1,400. If you're looking for a three-bedroom-plus property, expect to pay between £2,000 and £3,500.
Crofton Park travel
Crofton Park is well served by local transport, with its namesake station stopping at London Blackfriars in 24 minutes. Other stops on the line include Bromley South, Peckham Rye and Elephant & Castle. Crofton Park is in Zone 3.
Crofton Park eateries
Le Querce Restaurant
Get yourself down to Le Querce Restaurant and enjoy real Italian cuisine. Billed as a local restaurant with a nationwide reputation Le Querce is family run and serves up a range of Italian classics, as well as dishes with a twist.
Why go for one spoon when you can have two? Two Spoons is where coffee meets cocktails, allowing you to indulge with a hot brew or thirst-quenching concoction. Plus there's a food menu you can enjoy whether it's for lunch, brunch or dinner.
The Gantry is a restaurant and bar in nearby Brockley where you can enjoy great food and drink. Chow down a full English brecky in front of the fireplace during the winter, or go to the hidden garden in the warmer months and sip on a glass of wine or two.
Things to do in Crofton Park
Brockley Jack Theatre
There's definitely a creative vibe in Crofton Park and surrounding areas. Much of that creativity can be found in the Brockley Jack Theatre, a performance space that shares a building with the popular Brockley jack Pub.
Transport yourself back in time at the Rivoli Ballroom, London's only intact 1950s ballroom. Laced with original vintage decor, the ballroom is a blast from the past and holds plenty of fun events, including rouge disco, cinema nights and a jive party.
Blythe Hill Fields
Get back to nature at Blythe Hill Fields and soak up impressive views of the London skyline. From Canary Wharf to the City, there are some great sights to be seen during your scenic walk around Blythe Hill Fields.
Moving to Crofton Park
Crofton Park's popularity continues to grow with more people heading to the SE4 postcode to enjoy open spaces, a strong sense of community and excellent travel links into the centre of London. If you're on the move, we recommend putting Crofton Park high up on your list.