A Hipster Guide to Deptford
Looking out onto Deptford High Street you don’t have to people-watch long before you spot someone in a beanie, army jacket and skin tight jeans which not only look, but also most likely are, all brought from a charity shop. This is because Deptford has slowly transformed itself into a happening place, with so many hidden gems to discover for the true hipster, or those with a hipster taste. I took a look at some of the newest emerging places that are putting this neighborhood on the map with my hipster guide to Deptford.
Brunch: The London Particular Bowl Food Cafe
This brunch spot is the perfect hangover cure! The London Particular’s Bowl Food Cafe offers a real treat to patrons the morning after. The menu features only the finest, freshest local ingredients, all prepared to order, so expect organic produce and artisan breads. My personal recommendation is to get the Particular Brunch Bowl (above), a steal at £8, add a boiled egg for an extra pound and pair it with some of the delicious coffee; simply incredible.
For those seeking to ease off the sauce gradually, you can grab yourself some hair of the dog with an excellent Bloody Mary. If this hasn’t quite wet your whistle, you can always head next door to the recently opened LP Bar, where the pilot themed interior and delicately balanced cocktails will have you feeling sky high again…sorry I just had to.
Artwork: Victory Press
Just off Deptford High Street, in a side road called Resolution Way, you will stumble upon the Enclave. This experimental space for artists is supported by the England Arts Council. A non-profit structure, the Enclave consists of seven independent galleries that you can visit free of charge. Each space offers insightful expressions of creativity, these vary from playable video games to a darkroom with a 13.1 surround sound speaker system that explores the magic of sonar artwork.
If you want to bring home a piece of unique artwork, a visit to Victory Press is a must. A small print and publisher, this tiny shop is dominated by a Risograph RZ570 digital duplicator which reels off some spectacular prints in black and white, as well as colour. You can pick up a print with a run of under 30 copies here for under £20, a true bargain! My advice is to keep your eyes peeled for the work of Alex Simpson, an upcoming talent with a distinctive surreal style.
For all the struggling musicians out there in South East London, Vinyl is a real treat. Here you can browse some of the latest releases, find yourself an old classic or simply chill and enjoy some coffee and a pannini. This shop is full of hidden treasures, and often puts on live performances in its intimate basement, you can even grab yourself a beer from the licensed bar.
Drinks: The Job Centre
Oh yes, make no mistake this place is going to be big. The latest saloon bar in Deptford, The Job Centre is only a few months old but just oozes cool. There are no prizes for guessing what this building used to be, but the real tongue-in-cheek moment is when you realise they decided to keep the job board up, which means you can enjoy a drink while perusing the latest job vacancies.
The ideal place to spend a few hours people-watching, The Job Centre is fast becoming a hive for the local artistic community. On any given day you might enjoy graffiti artwork, creative events and contemporary artwork displays; you can’t get much much more hipster than that.
To quench your thirst, order one of the local real ales, try a craft beer or sink your teeth into the creative new cocktail menu. They only ever play vinyl records here, so you can expect the best background music from their extensive collection.
From leafing through vinyls to exploring the explosive art scene, Deptford has a lot going for it. I hope you enjoyed my hipster guide to Deptford, keep your eyes peeled for my next dip into the best bohemian spots in London.