Not Brockley Central: Portman Village

Even in our most expansionist moments, we wouldn't try to claim Marylebone for Greater Brockley, but sometimes we like to go to other places and sometimes we write about them. So we've written about Portman Village for Londonist, whose readers are less likely to respond by asking with furious indignation what any of this has to do with Brockley.

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We didn't say it in the article obviously, but seeing how quickly and positively Portman Village has been transformed through a coherent plan, enlightened landlords and encouragement for independent businesses makes us wish that such an approach was possible in Lewisham. It easier to do it in central London of course, but a year ago, Portman was deader than Ladywell. Strict planning controls, low rents to help independent businesses (and cut vacancy rates) and a determination to create a pleasant public realm are the way forward.

See if you can spot some subtle references to a sewing cafe and craft workshop that we like.

11 comments:

Paddyom said...

Nice dress Nick ;)

Brockley Nick said...

Made it myself at Homemade London.

max said...

Doesn't really sound like somewhere Lou would ever want to go to.

Anonymous said...

Why the urine samples?

Anonymous said...

Surely Portman Village is a made up name. Isn't it Marylebone?

Brockley Nick said...

Well it's a little too far south for what most people consider Marylebone, hence the need for a new name. It's Portman Estates, so it isn't really made up, other than they added the village bit. All names are made up at some point...

Tamsin said...

Maybe a little bit too far east, but is that wonderful furnishing fabric shop still there in Marylebone Lane?

Anonymous said...

who are Portman Estates?

What's the postcode? I want to look it up.

Anonymous said...

www.google.com

pop said...

Is Homemade london going to be at the Ideal home exhibition?

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, it is. Look them up if you're going!

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