It may be bordered by the big personalities of Forest Hill, Lewisham and Peckham, but Brockley has a character all of its own.
While it’s just 10 minutes from the city centre on the train, Brockley’s tree-lined avenues and well-preserved Victorian houses are just two of the reasons part of this fun, foodie, fashionable neighbourhood has been designated a conservation area.
This exciting enclave is famed for the burst of colour of the Brockley Street Art Festival, where walls and shopfronts are adorned with creations to wow art lovers and locals alike.
Brockley Road is the artery of this bustling bohemia, boasting a wide range of eateries ranging from Mo Pho (Vietnam) to the family favourite and 1950s-inspired Arlo & Moe (teashop) – or for a mid-commute coffee, check out Browns of Brockley.
For something a little stronger, hidden away in the backstreets is the Brockley Brewery which sells delicious craft ale made on the premises and proudly served in several local pubs.
But if you prefer the quiet life, then a Sunday morning stroll around Hilly Fields Park will remind you why Brockley’s conservation is in everyone’s best interests.