Ladywell is leafy locality beside the River Ravensbourne on the west side of Lewisham and is considered one of the best places to live in the borough! So, why is Ladywell so sought after? Here are our five favourite things about Ladywell!
1. Ladywell has ample green space.
Ladywell Fields and Hilly Fields both of which border Brockley offer ample green space for the area. Lewisham Council is also working with Earthwatch Europe to establish a new Tiny Forest in Ladywell Fields, Lewisham. A Tiny Forest is a dense, fast-growing, native woodland made up of 600 trees planted in a tennis court-sized plot. They are not only an attractive location for wildlife but are great for people to enjoy as well, and can provide a range of benefits in the fight against climate change.
2. The area has an incredibly rich history.
Did you know that the name 'Ladywell' refers to the Well of Our Lady, an ancient spring of pure water beside the road. The site is now under Ladywell Bridge. Ladywell was at first farmland with a holy well, then a rural hamlet with small cottages built on the waste beside the lane? Ladywell's original church was founded in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 15th century but, the present structure dates from 1777 with Victorian additions, but still has its medieval tower, built 1471-1512.
3. It has excellent transport links.
Ladywell is a small neighbourhood which offers the feel of a quiet leafy village yet, it is only about 6 miles from the hustle and bustle of central London! With frequent trains, you can travel between Ladywell and the city in under 15 minutes. Bus links to south London are also frequent and reliable, too.
4. You won't have to travel far for great coffee and bakeries.
From Oscars SE13, to Le Delice and the Park Cafe, there are plenty options for weekend brunch, excellent coffee, fresh crepes and baked goods!
5. Going out for dinner certainly won't be boring.
For cool eats and drinks, the Model Market in Lewisham is only 15 minutes’ walk away. Open from spring to autumn, it features street food and drink, and a rooftop area to watch the sun go down.There’s also the family-run Ladywell Tandoori Indian restaurant on Ladywell Road, which has been a fixture for decades. Or if Italian is more your speed, try Mamma Dough across the road for sourdough pizzas with seasonal toppings.