Brockley Zeitgeist

Recently, our working life has been transformed by a German woman who has joined the company and, with good natured efficiency, sorted out all the annoying financial stuff which we usually try to pretend isn't part of the job.

Like all the best people, it turns out that she lives in Brockley. So before we signed off our invoices, we nagged her in to telling us what she made of the place, as we're always curious about what exotic insights people from other parts of the world will bring when they encounter Brockley.

It turns out they wish there was a free cash machine, but they like the trains. Es lebe der Unterschied!

I've been living in Brockley for over two years now. I’m from Germany originally, but have been living in London for 9 years now so I don’t have many links with Germany any more really apart from family.

I don’t personally know anyone else from Germany in the area but I have noticed there is a German car parked in a road round the corner, so there must be more of them!

I used to rent on the Greenwich/Deptford border, but wanted to buy. As much as I would have loved to buy in Greenwich I couldn’t afford anything there, so Brockley seemed a cheaper option and since it is going to (hopefully) improve transportwise too within the next few years it seemed like a good option.

I’d heard about the place from a friend I used to work with who lives round the corner from me now.

The best things are the transport links as we are close to Nunhead, New Cross Gate and Brockley, so we’ve got trains taking us to Victoria and London Bridge. One of the worst things about the place is that there are no free cash machines. I really hate having to pay £1.50 every time I want to get my own money out - you can tell I work in Accounts. The nearest free cash point from us is Sainsburys in New Cross Gate, very frustrating!

I wish there could be more places to go out, at the moment we tend to go out in Greenwich or New Cross when we go out locally, but there may well be places that we don’t know about.

The other thing that’s annoying is that there is always lots of rubbish lying around in our street. This may not be a Brockley problem in general though. I think it’s more due to the students that live in some of the houses in our street. Unfortunately it lets the whole street down.

Otherwise I really like living there though, Brockley’s got some nice houses and it’s very quiet too. And I can be in central London in 10 mins whilst not having to pay a fortune for my flat. Well, compared to other places!

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

You can get cash out for free from the post office on Brockley Road when it's open.
Not much use in the evening though.

fabhat said...

There are free cashpoints in crofton park near the station, or one by the new Tesco on Lewisham way. Not dead central Brockley I agree, but they might be a little handier than Sainsburys in New X Gate, especially as half the walk is through the carpark...

Anonymous said...

There are cash machines on the Armpit Vale Tescos, as well as a good sprinkling of them in Crofton Park. Admittedly none in Brox itself, but then that just about covers one street in many surrounding it.

drakefell debaser said...

free cashpoint knowledge is vital in Brockely. Didn't know you could use the post office though. How do we get banks to provide free facilities for us nearer the station? - the post office wall would be an ideal spot

nobbly brick said...

nice, we have german fellow workmates and eastern europeans who can't find speedicabs

whatever next?

Hugh said...

That German bird could have been speaking in 1998.

Brockley remains 'undiscovered'.

The truth is it will remain so. In other words, a well-known area priced to attract low- and middle-income people in search of something reasonably central. Don't expect the area to change.

Anonymous said...

there is a new cash point outside crofton park Post Office - which is free. Very recent addition to the area. plus crofton park Co op do cash back, which I always find very surprising (brave too)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps cah machines could be included in the improved station?

Anonymous said...

Realistically, brockley doesn't need any more cash machines. Were this any other town or village in the UK, people would say that we're well served. Essentially one road - Brockley Road - doesn't have any (and even then it does if you count the 'crofton park' end, which is hardly into the next county is it...)

Anonymous said...

barclays bank crofton park - two cashpoints

Tinsie said...

Tha lack of free cash machines would wind me up too. I never use the ones that charge if I can help it.

Anonymous said...

You can almost see the smug grin on the corner shop keepers faces when you do, though!

tj said...

So you are 'low to middle income' are you. Hugh? That's why you haven't made your move yet..

Paddyom said...

Interesting article. I agree with that German ladys' comments on the area. Couldnt really give a damn about the cashpoint situation as Barclays has 2 free ones, my main gripe with SE4 is the lack of places to go out. Nowhere is ever busy. Jam Circus and the Brockley Jack are is the best places in town but rarely get a very large crowd. Moonbows is a coffee place and the Barge smells. Wish someone would open either a really nice pub on Brockley Road or a cool bar.

Anonymous said...

There's also the Ladywell Tavern, Wickham Arms...

bbewk said...

The Wickham Arms is awash with pub bores and drunk, shouty people. Not somewhere I'd want to visit on a night out. Same bloke who knows everything about anything sat up at the bar - always tries to engage you in coversation when you go in there.

TAmsin said...

Why the complaint that the local places to go out to are not busy? Surely the best for the punter if not the proprietor is somewhere that is not crowded? Although interestingly, if a pub is too full the takings paradoxically go down - it is just too much hassle to get to the bar for another round...) Lucky that in Brockley the rents/rates are still low enough for bars and pubs to survive without being packed to capacity. And you have a lot more places in close walking distance than Telegraph Hill!

patrick1971 said...

Yes, I don't understand this complaint that Jam Circus and the Brockley Jack are never busy. Every time I've been in there they've been just right, if you ask me; busy enough not to be dead but not so busy that you can't get a seat. Perfect.

Going back to the original post, there are Germans in my street. They're having their house done up and I overheard one of them say, "es gibt viel Arbeit" so they're clearly bogged down in it.

There's also the excellent German Sausages stall in Lewisham Market every Saturday, where you can also pick up a copy of a freesheet for German residents in London. Alles gut!

Ute Michel said...

If you happen to live in Ladywell ward, which confusingly covers part of the Brockley area, you even have a German councillor (I've lived here for over six years).

Anonymous said...

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