The world's most frequently uncovered hidden gem

With uncanny timing lands the Evening Standard's spotlight on Brockley in their Homes & Property section - complete with our trademark "hidden gem" suffix and a reference to gentrification. It's much as you'd expect, with choice quotes including:

Caught between Camberwell College of Arts and Goldsmiths, University of London in New Cross, Brockley has a well-deserved arty reputation, and many people who rent in the area as students like it enough to stay on and settle.

A local treasure is the Rivoli, a rare surviving example of an intact Fifties ballroom. Its kitsch red interior brings high-profile acts and their fans to this south-east London neighbourhood. The Rivoli is where English indie rock band Florence + The Machine launched their debut album, Lungs, in 2009, while The White Stripes, Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher have also played there in recent years...

Estate agent Simon Smith from the local branch of Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward says the step up from a two-bedroom flat in Brockley to a house could be as much as £200,000 — it’s a lot to pay and forces many families out of the area, even though they increasingly want to stay.

Smith goes on: “It’s still a bit rough around the edges. We have a lot of newcomers from Clapham, Balham, Earlsfield, Southfields, even north London, and they like it that way. Nobody wants Brockley to become gentrified like East Dulwich.”

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