JOURNAL004: Life As A Local (Deptford)

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An insider's guide to how to be a local, wherever you are in the world. A journal of the best spaces, adventures, secret spots and shops to discover by bicycle, on foot or however you prefer to journey. Stories shared by real life locals - so you can be one too.
    Deptford Market Bar - photo credit @deptfordmktbar
    Instagram credit: @deptfordmktyard


    This week we're going to south east London to discover delicious Deptford with our designer Laura:

    Job Centre

    Stop for a pint at the Job Centre - the site of a former job centre (not surprisingly!) It’s a huge space that often has a DJ playing vinyl in the evenings. If you’re around on the weekend there are lots of events on here, and local artists often exhibit here too. Keep your eye on their Facebook and Twitter to see what’s going on when you’re in the area!

    Fun fact: the brewery who own the pub use the jobs board to advertise job openings for all the pubs they own as a little nod to it’s previous occupants.

      Deptford Market Yard

      Some of the new absolute gems popping up under the railway arches below Deptford Station are: Archies for some top quality grilled cheese, Little Nans for a cocktail from a teapot in the kitchiest setting, Childsdraw to see the work of local illustrator Jessica Childs, who illustrates stories and characters from around the local area. You can pick up a piece of her printed ceramics or clothing in her shop. Have a look at the lovely homeware bits in Win and Ruby. Check out the original printed clothing by Plain Bear in their shop.

      Tip: If you’re around on Monday evening, local Pakistani restaurant Masala Wala serve up incredibly fresh and tasty curry paired with a pint for just £10 in Little Nans bar

      Bicycle shop/ cafe selling bikes, accessories and prints. Nice place for a spot of brunch. Lovely shop and bright garden, they hold events, have local food pop ups.

      Tip: They do a yoga class on Mondays, pop in for a stretch, they also have an adorable dog who can be seen around the shop most days.


      London Velo Bike Shop. Instagram credit @mapetitefille

      Instagram credit: @mapetitefille

      Villages Brewery

      Local brewery with a tap room which is open on Fridays and Saturdays. For beer fans who not only love the beer inside the can, but also beautifully designed branding on the outside of them. All their beer cans have lovely lino cut designs on them in a matt finish - something for the beer and design enthusiast!

      Tip: they often have events and local pop up foods, so check out their Facebook and Instagram for upcoming events.

      Buster Mantis

      Jamaican bar, cafe, creative space - live music, exhibitions, life drawing classes, talks, film screenings - it’s always really nicely lit and buzzing. Good place to grab a tasty local snack!

      Tip: Best drink in the house - the Kukoomba -gin and cucumber! Yes, please! As always - Facebook and Instagram will keep you up to date with whatsup.

      FYI - Bike parking is everywhere around these top spots - there’s usually a bike parking spot where you can see your bike opposite most of the places above, but don’t forget your bike lock!

      London Velo bike shop and cafe. Instagram credit @geeiggysee

      Instagram credit: @geeiggysee

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