The Brookill pub & kitchen, 65 Cranbrook Road

The Brookmill pub in St John's is now open. Looks great. Click here for details and let us know what you think in the comments below.

 Enjoying opening night at our new neighbourhood local, @thebrookmillpub

New homes on Tanners Hill complete

Affinity Sutton's development at the top of Tanner's Hill is complete. The 60 new homes are set along a short, newly-built road that runs parallel with the train track.

It's a neat way to use the land and add some decent new homes to the area, but the colour scheme could have been a little jollier.

Shared ownership is available. Details here.

Saigon Streat at Arlo & Moe

Click here for details of Saigon Streat

New London Bridge station opens, offering Charing X connection once more

Two thirds of the new concourse has been opened. Photo courtesy of Network Rail
The huge new concourse at London Bridge Station has been opened to commuters, allowing passengers to make connecting journeys to Charing Cross again.

The station is the fourth busiest in the country and has been undergoing a major transformation, which will increase capacity and allow passengers to connect to any train without having to navigate a rabbit warren.

The Evening Standard reports:

Over the bank holiday weekend the project's construction site was moved away from the Southern and future Thameslink platforms to focus on the north of the station, used by Southeastern.

Trains into Charing Cross have now begun calling at London Bridge for the first time since January 2015, but Cannon Street trains stopped serving the station on Friday and will not resume until January 2018 [when the station reopens fully].

Festa, Folkestone Gardens

Festa Sul Prato is a new restaurant in the slightly unlikely surroundings of Folkestone Gardens in Deptford. Between the railway bridge and the skate park sits this pretty little Italian place with an ambitious menu that would make other park cafes blanche.

The Festa team lyricises:

"FESTA opens at eight. We have a Tai Chi group outside and people come in for a morning coffee. Kids go to school, the smaller ones with their parents. People are on their way to work in the nearby offices and light industrial units.

"Mid morning builders from the nearby construction sites come over for a quick coffee and local business folk hold a meeting. Mothers come with their toddlers catching up after having spent time in the playground. On the weekends locals have a leisurely breakfast. The first skateboarders draw their rounds in the skatepark. A handful of people sit with their laptops and work.

"Lunch is for everybody and on Sundays there is a bit more time for it. A couple of ladies sit on a bench and their dogs sleep on the sunny warm pavement. Business neighbours are discussing a new business deal over a glass of wine. Children fetch ice cream. On Saturday a group sets off for a history tour of shipyards, sailors and pirates around Deptford.  A boy’s parents organised a little party in the playground for his fifth birthday and fetch some drinks and sandwiches.

"Office workers come in for an early dinner, families and friends meet for a drink and meal in the evening. Groups of people come after their fitness classes or playing football in Deptford Park around the corner. A community group holds their quarterly meeting.

"FESTA closes at ten in the evening and the last guests go home."

For more details, click here.

Lewisham's Lament Configuration Shifts Again

Waterintobeer - opening tomorrow

The first of Brockley's two new beer shops, Waterintobeer opens tonight at 5pm. The Mantle Road shop is fully stocked and ready to go for its preview this evening. Please let us know what you think!

With thanks to Michael for the photo.

Brockley Central Label Cloud