Goldsmiths, University of London
Internationally renowned for their creative and innovative approach to teaching and research, Goldsmiths offers study opportunities in subjects covering the arts, social sciences, humanities and computing and has been part of the University of London for over 100 years. Goldsmiths current enrollment consists of over 5,700 undergraduate and over 3,000 graduate students.
Goldsmiths unique academic approach comes from the interaction of 15 academic departments, together with a number of smaller centres and units. They are committed to avant-garde, radical thinking, which creates an environment that encourages freeNew Cross station is just a few minutes away in the opposite direction.) The area is a hub of creative talent, and has a thriving music scene, with places like the Amersham Arms and holding acclaimed live events.
Deptford is less than a 10-minute walk from Goldsmiths, down New Cross Road. It’s a former royal docks area, and buildings like Laban - a centre for contemporary dance that organises events and performances - and converted warehouses sit alongside meandering creeks and inlets. Bustling Deptford market is the perfect place to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, while the high street has been voted the best in the capital for its vibrant and diverse mix of independent shops. There’s a growing artistic community in the area, with the Deptford X festival providing an annual opportunity for local artists to showcase their work, and for visitors to explore studio spaces. The Albany, a performing and digital arts venue, is also worth a visit.
With its strong maritime connections and status as a world heritage site, Greenwich - just a short bus ride or 20-minute walk from New Cross - has history and beauty galore. Famous sights like the Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum sit side-by-side with contemporary bars, a brilliant market, a cinema, the Up the Creek comedy club, and restaurants offering international cuisine, while its setting along the bank of the River Thames offers many picturesque spots to eat or drink overlooking the water. It’s also home to Greenwich Park, the oldest enclosed royal park in the UK, which stretches for 183 acres. From the top of the park, next to the Royal Observatory, you get an excellent panoramic view of the stunning London cityscape, stretching from the London Eye in the West to Canary Wharf and the Thames Barrier in the East. Also visible is The O2 (formerly the Millennium Dome), an entertainment centre featuring a 20,000-capacity arena with regular music and sports events, a smaller venue for more intimate gigs, plus restaurants, bars, clubs, and an 11-screen multiplex cinema.
Lewisham is another local place where you’ll find a well-stocked market. It’s just a short bus ride away from Goldsmiths, and also features a large shopping centre with many high street stores, as well as independent shops, plus lots of green space in the area’s many parks.
Brockley & Forest Hill
Nearby Brockley and Forest Hill are primarily residential areas, but they boast lovely open green spaces and some great pubs and bars. The Brockley Jack Theatre (which also hosts music, comedy and other live events) and Horniman Museum are also popular.
Other areas to investigate
The extension of the London Overground network has meant that New Cross is now well connected with Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Hoxton and Dalston – areas known for their galleries, music venues, shops and restaurants. Other places local to Goldsmiths include Peckham (Rye Lane has plenty of character and energy, containing shops selling goods from around the world), East Dulwich (trawl the bars and eateries on Lordship Lane, and investigate the weekend market on North Cross Road), Camberwell (with its cool bars and clubs), London Bridge (where you can wander to the South Bank and attractions like Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), and Canary Wharf (where you’ll find two shopping centres and lots of bars and restaurants, many beside the Thames).