The Fat Walrus

To Do List Local – New Cross

New Cross isn’t just home to To Do List HQ – there’s also a whole smörgåsbord of amazingness out there to be discovered!

So make sure to stick these things on your To Do List, and have a fab ol’ time in NX.

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The Fat WalrusThe Fat Walrus

On the site that once housed The Old Haberdasher, our new officially-the-nearest-pub local is now The Fat Walrus! We’ve already partaken of the extensive draught selection, and a certain burger-loving Editor-in-Chief (as he likes to be known) was left 100% satisfied by a super tasty cheeseburger. Sunday Lunches look awesome, plus who could be grumpy when faced with a menu offering Sloppy Joe’s, Lobster Tail, Macaroni Cheese, Ribeye Steak, Popcorn Prawns and Buttermilk Fried Chicken Nuggets?!

The AlbanyThe Albany

Right in the heart of Deptford, The Albany is a performing arts centre driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of South East London. With four performance spaces, and a programme of events covering music, theatre, spoken word and everything in-between, The Albany is host to fourteen resident companies. Definitely worth checking out, again and again.

The AllotmentThe Allotment

Independent  fruit and veg shop which sprung up last year. Perfect for when you want to rebel against big business (or are just too lazy to walk all the way to Sainsbury’s), this cute little shop is worth supporting – most importantly, all of the produce is top-notch. We get a weekly veg box, and can never resist the amazing brownies and fresh bread when we pop in to collect.

Amersham ArmsAmersham Arms

Our local boozer – there’s nothing more welcoming than the glowing red TAKE COURAGE sign welcoming you as you pull in to New Cross station – To Do List rarely resists a quick booze on the walk between the station and To Do List HQ. Good grub (the chunky chips are immense!), good atmosphere. We heart.

Birdie Num NumsBirdie Num Nums

A brand new cafe opposite Goldsmiths, which promises delicious coffee, home baked cakes and big loud laughs in a warm and welcoming atmosphere!

Expect hearty grub, home bakes, amazing coffee, afternoon tea and ace tunes.

Brockley MarketBrockley Market

Every Saturday morning in the Lewisham College car park, it’s market time! Local producers and independent sellers bring their organic meat, seasonal veg, fresh-baked goods and to-die-for coffee. Even if you’re fully stocked for the week, it’s worth a visit for a coffee, a cake, and a good old-fashioned mooch.

ChinwagChinwag

The latest ace place for food is a javelin-throw from To Do List HQ, and could well become our Saturday brunch staple. Opposite the Goldsmiths library, the Chinwag speciality is made-to-order burgers. The Morning Glory breakfasts are amazing too, and the coffee is top-notch. The quirky decor is a real talking point, from the phone box front door, to the Downing Street toilet, and we love the menus (hand written in the front of old books, which you can read if the conversation gets dull. Epic win!

Deptford Film ClubDeptford Film Club

Deptford and New Cross are becoming less and less distinguishable, and this fab celebration of all things film properly straddles whatever is left of a divide. Their mission statement is simple: “No pretensions, no passwords. Just great movies at an affordable price, and in good company.” Can’t argue with that. Held every other Wednesday. Check out www.deptfordfilmclub.org for updates.

Deptford MarketDeptford Market

A bargain-hunter’s wet dream. Wade through the piles of cheap-as-chips ‘forgotten gems’, spot potential treasures, and barter for all you’re worth. There are plenty of food stalls to keep you charged as you wheel & deal. If you need something, it’s probably here – you’ll just need to know where to look…

Happy MondaysHappy Mondays

We love a good laugh. We especially love laughing whilst boozing. To top it all off, if it’s entry for a fiver, we’re pretty much bouncing off the ceiling with joy. Happy Mondays (at our local boozer the Amersham Arms, see below) hits the spot on all fronts, and attracts an amazing line-up of comedians – we’ve seen Milton JonesSarah MillicanGreg DaviesKatherine RyanJoe Lycett & Andi Osho, all off the telly, as well as To Do List favourites Ginger & Black (“because she’s ginger, and…”). Holding it all together is the lovely and hilarious Holly Walsh (also of telly fame). Love it. Every other Monday!

Art HouseLewisham Arthouse

A voluntary led co-operative organisation based in a Grade II listed ex-library, with studios, a nifty gallery, classes, workshops, community activities and events.

The next exhibition, Flamin’ Martians – A Retrospective of Nonexistent, runs January 24th to February 10th.

London ParticularLondon Particular

Just over the bridge from New Cross station, this is a super friendly, intimate little cafe serving freshly cooked food, drinks and great coffee from local, independent suppliers. Perfect for brunch after a slightly boozy night before – the Arbroath smokie chowder is a thing of genius.

lpbarThe LP Bar

One of our favourite New Cross cafes, The London Particular (below), has had spawned two fab additions to the NX Food & Drink scene. The first is LP Bar – “the liquor purveying sibling” – home to a nifty selection of beers, wines and cocktails and some ace bar snacks from the kitchen next door and from local suppliers!

Meze MangalMeze Mangal

Beloved of locals, always packed to the rafters, and just expanded to feed even more hungry mouths, Meze Mangal is a Lewisham Way institution.

You’ll never think of a kebab in the same way again – this is is the best Turkish food for miles around, with a great atmosphere and even Turkish wine. Nice one.

New Cross HouseNew Cross House

Classy New Cross – proper good nosh (the hot dog with chorizo chilli is hefty, the pizza of rosemary potatoes, red onion, roast garlic, leeks, stilton & truffle oil totally ace), the best beer garden in SE14 (perfect for warm summer evenings), and if you really need to (which we don’t), this is probably the best place in New Cross for pretending you live in Clapham.

Paranhodu

Paranhodu

An amazing new Korean restaurant rising Phoenix-like from the ashes of the short-lived Kesar. Paranhodu is a revelation: quick, super tasty food, served with a smile (and friendly advice on how to tackle unfamiliar dishes), all in an intimate and relaxing setting. A much-needed addition to Lewisham Way.

Royal AlbertRoyal Albert

Our other local – for when we’re feeling less lazy, and don’t mind the extra hundred yards or so walk. Crazy/cool eclectic furnishing, some slightly less mainstream drinks to be had on draught, and outdoor seating for bus-spotting enthusiasts.

Stuart Wilson

About 

I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.