Coming soon: The LP Bar


The London Particular is the the gift that keeps giving. When it arrived in New Cross, it helped raise the bar for food in the area. Then it helped nurture a foodie entrepreneurs who can be found at Brockley Market or opening new places in New Cross. Now, the team are launching a new bar for New Cross - The LP Bar.

The website reveals nothing at the moment and the Twitter feed offers only a glimpse of what looks like a bar being built and the suggestion that whatever they are up to, it will involve "LARGE blocks of dark chocolate". New Cross has had its share of phantom bar openings, but these guys are the real deal.

New Cross has somehow managed to shrug off the threat that a small new supermarket opening would destroy all independent business in the area to build a really strong cluster of places to eat and drink - as befits an area with fantastic transport connections, a Hollywood star as its patron saint and one of London's leading Universities at its heart. It's not Dalston, or even Peckham, yet - but it's starting to fulfil its potential.

More to come from New Cross later this week...

28 comments:

Mezzer said...

The guy that runs the cafe sells LP records from a stall outside the cafe on Sunday mornings, so I would hazard a guess that records will form part of the design in some way.

Scott said...

With all the new housing developments happening on both ends of New Cross Road, the extra footfall on the high street will only encourage more entrepreneurs to set up shop in the area.

anonymous said...

The number 401 features on the LP bar website, which (I think not by coincidence) is the street number of the shop next door to the London Particular cafe. Which I add is a closed down chinese takeway shop. Now, I'm not a detective but my bets are on that place being the venue of the LP bar. How's that for a guess?

Fishy Business said...

401 is going to be Maddy's Fish Bar (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/870259971/maddys-fish-bar-get-us-frying), but perhaps there is a basement space or similar that will house the LP Bar?

theNewCross said...

And long may it be neither Dalston nor Peckham!

theNewCross said...

No Maddy's is on the other side where the old "McCartney's" fish shop used. I'm pretty sure Anon is on the money

Fishy Business said...

Aha, cool - I stand corrected! Looking forward to sampling their boozes.

Gill said...

Excellent news for New Cross. There are lots of people who are keen to open businesses in the area (I know of a group who want to open a BMX/skater shop and a couple who want to open another bar), but there is a shortage of available premises. I'm really pleased to have The New Cross blog on the case, keeping locals up to date with developments and putting pressure on Lewisham Council and Goldsmiths College to improve the high street. They deserve our support!

Lewishame said...

All of which makes it even more frustrating that right next to it a perfectly good pub which could've had a lovely refurb was allowed to be demolished, and some horrific carbunkle travel lodge allowed to replace it. Thus completely ruining the sense of architectural continuity on that strip. Lewisham council should be ashamed but they're probably too busy counting their backhanders instead.

Brockley Jon said...

Nick, you must have spent ages adding all those links :)

freethinker85 said...

Hope it doesn't become a Dalston or Peckham, in terms of the area becoming swamped by the fashion conscious middle classes. However, I do think this sounds really exciting and will help create a more vibrant and balanced area!

brockley man said...

That pub was called The Walpole.
I wonder where all the original Victorian wall tiles and curved solid wood bar top went to? Any one know?

Jon from SE4 said...

Glad I am not the only people who wish our little patch of SE London doesn't becomes a Dalston, Peckham (and Clapham). Bought in Brockley because it was precisely the opposite of those areas.

Woo said...

Boring?

Headhunter said...

Absolutely. Lewisham BC is not the friend of history and architecture, the minute a building looks slightly run down it gets demolished (like the row of Victorian shops near the big roundabout) or converted into flats... No sense of long term view or consideration of impact on the broader landscape...

Headhunter said...

Why is it that Goldmsiths is allowed to let so many properties in New Cross continue in general disrepair? I know it's been discussed here before but nothing really seems to change... Nick - you're on the board there or something, what's the inside story?

suburban dream in Brockley? said...

Brockley is inner London, it is not Bromley, it is not Sevenoaks, it is not any of those green and pleasant parent friendly suburbs and towns. So it will never be quiet. If you are trying to escape Peckham and Dalston, you really have not gone far enough out of town.

Brockley Nick said...

Clearly I'm not able to give an inside story. But Goldsmiths are on the record as saying they are working to address the problem and I can confirm this is the case. As I've said before, Goldsmiths well understands that it is in their own best interests to encourage a better quality high street - it's the first thing prospective students (and their fee-paying parents) see when they arrive in the area. Lots of work is being done in this area. More soon.

Jon from SE4 said...

Did I say I was anti-development, or that I dislike Dalston? To me Brockley is perfect as it sits somewhere close enough to Central London, but not too far out and not too busy. There are so many other inner London areas that Brockley can aspire to be like without turning into another playground for rich transient hipsters.

Old Man Patterson said...

Not really good enough though is it, the properties should be put up for sale on the open market so someone will actually do something with them. No need to refer it back to their politburo for another 10 years of debate.
Goldsmiths have had more than enough time but clearly don't have the resources or can't be bothered.

Old Man Patterson said...

What are you talking about Peckham is great, nice bars and restuarants, stuff actually going on etc etc. It's the place Brockley should and could aspire to be.
If this sounds too frighening then move to Bromley or Croydon.

Yim said...

Rather than a playground for rich suburbanites...

Jon from SE4 said...

Bought way before the house market boom reached here. Rich, I am not.

Jon from SE4 said...

You know, learning to read can be a good thing. Did I say I do not like Peckham, or I dislike developments? No. I go to Peckham often. Brockley can benefit from investments, but is it wrong that I wish it doesn't become another mini-Shoreditch?

Monkeyboy said...

The endless "gentrification" debates are a waste of oxygen. It's simply people moving to where they want to live and where they can afford and the present incumbents deciding to sell/rent for as much as they can. Unless you think there is a controlling mind deliberately hipsterising an area. I like it at the moment, I realise that I have precisely no power in influencing how an are changes, the local authority has limited powers. If it changes too much for me, I'll move if I can afford it. As per every London dweller for 2000 years.

Brockley Nick said...

Give me 24 hours.

Gsmiths-Alumni said...

'and their fee-paying parents' ...uhmmm....only a small percentage parents will end up paying the student fees and loans off, unless you're talking about the hoards of wealthy foreign students who come over on exchange or full time study and take away many student halls places from full-time British students (because they pay more); who are lovely little cash-cows for the Goldsmith's Suits to milk.

I blame the Overground said...

The wholesale invasion of poor parts of London by bright young things intent on partying while pretending to be artists or something in the media is just a phase London is going through.

Most of them will end up to their eyeballs in debt and sponging off their parents for the next decade. Unpaid internships that do not fulfill the promise of some sort of career. Sharing crappy accommodation because mortgages are beyond their earning potential. Their future prospects are not particularly bright.

Let these mayflies have their day in the sun before the real world visits them with its many problems and frustrations.

As for the North London types who have sold up and cashed in a wad and bought up the under valued parts of Brockley. They are welcome, they released many a suburban dreamer to pursue perfect peace out there in the more economical outer limits of London.

New arrivals are indeed fortunate because just down the road we have a London college and many pychology graduates live locally. Consequently there are a large number of therapists in the area who will be only too pleased to offer consultations at North london rates to these pernickety, anxious and distressed migrants as they acclimatise to the lack of Waitrose and other local deficiencies.

Benefits for all as people shuffle around and try to find a home in this great city of ours.

If any brave person is keen on making a silk purse out of the sows ear that is New Cross very good luck to them.

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