Welcome to New Cross

Our area guide to New Cross offers a brief overview of the town and its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.

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New Cross Overview

Covering the SE14 postcode, New Cross is one of London's hottest neighbourhoods thanks to its proximity just four miles from Charing Cross, its urban vibe and its period housing stock. It has even been touted as south London's answer to Shoreditch. Bordered by Deptford, Peckham and Nunhead, New Cross presents house buyers and tenants with an opportunity to live in a cosmopolitan community without the property price tags seen in south west and North West London. The area's profile began to rise when Princess Beatrice chose to study History and the History of Ideas at New Cross' Goldsmiths, University of London.

New Cross Shopping

New Cross has no shortage of grocers lining the streets, with some fantastic speciality stores selling ingredients from across the globe. One of the best is The Allotment, which sells fresh seasonal and local produce, with a selection of craft beers, gluten-free and organic goods. Grab your jute bag and head for 318 New Cross Road. Head to Lewisham College car park for more food options, where Brockley Market stallholders sell street food, fish, cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables - be sure to visit Moo Man and The Butchery. Additionally Deptford runs a thrice weekly street market, and high street stores can be found at nearby Surrey Quays and Lewisham. New Cross' most unusual shop has to be Prangsta - where up-cycled vintage clothes and period costumes are lavishly displayed.

New Cross Attractions

Culture vultures will not be disappointed. Driven by the art students and successful graduates, the creative scene in New Cross is booming. Try Lewisham Art House on Lewisham Way for photography, botany and yoga classes, along with a free gallery that holds exhibitions celebrating local talent. The Deptford Film Club takes place above the Amersham Arms on New Cross Road and is part of a wider cinematic scene that also includes the Deptford and New Cross Free Film Festival (indoor and outdoor screenings). The London Theatre on New Cross Road is the place to be for plays that try out before transferring to the West End.

New Cross Food and Drink

The flourishing arts scene in New Cross has bought with it an influx of hip eateries and places to hang out. The London Particular is a cosy café cum restaurant where quinoa sits on the menu alongside quiche. Maddy's Fish Bar right next door is another firm New Cross favourite. A bit further along New Cross Road is No. 178 - a social enterprise that employs local people with learning difficulties. The coffee has legendary status but the venue also has an alcohol licence and holds regular theme evenings. Chinwag and Birdie Num Nums are both making waves on Lewisham Way - a must for great meals and quirky decor. After hours, The Venue - the town's famous nightclub - is still going strong. Although it has had somewhat of a facelift, it still hosts tribute bands and pumps out cheesy dance floor fillers. For live music of a more discerning nature, visit the Amersham Arms, where established and unknown bands, DJs and comedians ply their trade. The Rose, New Cross House and The Royal Albert are all watering holes worth a mention.

New Cross History

The name is thought to have come from a coaching house originally known as the Golden Cross, which was a popular stop off point for travellers working their way down to Kent and then on to France. The area has also been known as New Cross Tangle due to the numerous railway lines, workshops and two stations in the area. Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe was murdered in a house close to St Nicholas's Church in Deptford, where he is buried in an unmarked grave. More recent history comes from the New Cross arts scene, which in recent years has nurtured YBS artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, and has spawned a number of musicians, including the band Klaxons. Actor Gary Oldman claims he is a 'regular guy from New Cross' - yet another A-list name to add to the SE14 successful list.

New Cross Property Market

New Cross' property hallmark is the Victorian brick-built terrace - with some stunning two, three and four-storey examples set out over the postcode. Although many of these period properties have been divided into flats, there is a trend to restore them back to family homes, which enjoy high ceilings and generous proportions. Flats and houses for sale in New Cross are increasing in desirability, with the Telegraph Hill conservations area, running to the south of New Cross Road, and the St Johns conservation area between Lewisham Way and Brookmill Road, both favoured among discerning buyers.

New Cross Council Tax

New Cross is in the London Borough of Lewisham and the latest council tax bands can be found here:-


New Cross Education

New Cross is most famed for Goldsmiths, University of London, where alumni include seven Turner Prize winners and recipients of Oscars, BAFTAS, Ivor Novellos and Mercury Music prizes.

Primary schools

  • Edmund Waller Primary School
  • Kender Primary School
  • Hollydale Primary School
  • Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College
  • St James's Hatcham CofE Primary School
  • John Donne Primary School
  • Childeric Primary School
  • Kings Kids Christian Primary School
  • Pilgrims' Way Primary School
  • John Stainer Community Primary School
  • St Mary Magdalene CofE Primary School
  • Myatt Garden Primary School
  • Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park
  • Ivydale Primary School
  • Camelot Primary School
  • Ilderton Primary School
  • Rye Oak Primary School
  • Turnham Primary School
  • John Stainer Community Primary School
  • St Francis RC Primary School

Secondary schools

  • St Thomas the Apostle College
  • Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College
  • Crossways Academy
  • Deptford Green School
  • Addey and Stanhope School
  • Bredinghurst School
  • Harris Girls' Academy

New Cross Hospitals

The closest hospitals to New Cross are the University Hospital Lewisham, King's College and Guys' and St Thomas'.

New Cross Transport Links

New Cross is well connected to the centre of London, with rail stations at New Cross and New Cross Gate (the latter of which is a London Overground stop). Journey times from New Cross to London Bridge are just five minutes. New Cross is also well served by road connections, with the A2 running through the town - connecting SE14 with central London in one direction, and Kent in the other.

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