Lewisham and Croydon named London boroughs of culture
- 13th February 2020
- Renting Property News
South London areas set to become even more popular amongst renters and first-time buyers
The South London areas of Lewisham and Croydon have been named as London boroughs of culture by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Each will receive a prize of £1.35m to fund a series of cultural events to be held throughout the year.
Lewisham and Croydon have both become increasingly attractive amongst young professionals in recent years. As the area has attracted more first-time buyers and tenants, we’ve seen a virtuous circle of extra investment in the area improving the provision of housing and infrastructure.
There has been significant investment in retail in both areas, with new shops, bars, cafes and restaurants continuing to open, attracting a young trendy demographic.
In Lewisham, major plans are afoot to improve transport links, which will likely decrease the commuting time to Central London. As a result, we expect to see even more professionals flock to the area.
Lewisham will take up the title of London Borough of Culture in 2021, with Croydon to take over in 2023.
Lewisham’s winning bid, Cultural Activism, centred on the threats posed by climate change and set out plans to inspire local residents to take action against this.
Croydon focused on sustainability and the council has outlined a programme of events that will address nature, progress, inclusion and growth. Rapper Stormzy, a Croydon local, supported the bid.
Stephen Ludlow, Chairman at ludlowthompson says: “It’s great to see recognition of the unique cultural heritages of these South London boroughs.”
“Lewisham and Croydon are both incredibly vibrant areas. Their affordable rents and house prices and excellent nightlife have made them attractive destinations for young professionals living in the capital.”
“This investment to boost local culture even further, will make Croydon and Lewisham even more desirable places to live.”
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It’s great to see recognition of the unique cultural heritages of these South London boroughs
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