Discover the best things to do in Deptford


Stuck for things to do in Deptford? We’ve scoured the area for the best places to visit so you’re never bored.

From traditional markets to independent community cinemas, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained. Keep reading to discover our favourites…

Deptford Market Yard


Deptford Market Yard is a collection of independent shops and restaurants across from Deptford Station.
Sitting under 14 railway arches, the space was been the focus of a restoration project in recent years. The arches have a fascinating history - from originally storing passengers’ horse and carriages, to air raid shelters in the Second World War, the arches have been brought to life once again, allowing local business and entrepreneurs to thrive in the new space.

With beautiful brickwork, trains whizzing by and the bustling crowd, it’s the perfect place to kick off the weekend. Grab a bite to eat, browse the stalls or sit for a hot coffee and take in some fresh air.
With a new market area recently opened, there’s plenty more space for weekly installations, events and stalls - so repeat visits are a must!

The market is home to many independent East London businesses. We’re sure you’ve come across some of them by now, like Lomond Coffee, The Yoga Room, Little Nan’s and The English Flowerbox. So if you’re looking for the area’s hidden gems, Deptford Market Yard is the perfect place to find them.

Each store offers their own regular events and promotions throughout the year, and you can keep up to date using the Deptford Market Yard website.

You’ll find Deptford Market Yard just off the high street, next to Deptford Station.

Deptford Cinema


Deptford Cinema is a moving image space for the people of Deptford, run by the people of Deptford. Entirely run by volunteers, this not-for-profit community-led project has its home at 39 Deptford Broadway.

The cinema is built “for the community, by the community” and focuses on supporting local people, bringing art and cultural events to the area and providing a space for anyone to show films and productions of their choice.

Did you know? The 39-seat cinema is the oldest operating cinema in Lewisham, and its being brought back to life by the people of Deptford through a series of renovations.
No need to worry – the cinema is still open for visitors and you can get your tickets here.

What’s more, Deptford Cinema are always looking for volunteers and new people to help restore the cinema to its former glory. If you’re new to the area, it’s the perfect way to get involved with the local community. Just visit their website here to get involved.

The Albany


If live entertainment is more your thing, the Albany Theatre is the perfect place to visit.

With a seating capacity of 500, the Albany packs all the atmosphere you’d expect for an entertaining evening out. With a bar and café, you can also catch a bite to eat or a few drinks before the show if you fancy.

A major part of the community, its history spans back to 1894 when it allowed the local arts community to thrive, as it does today. In more recent years, The Albany has played host to acts such as Dire Straits, Elvis Costello and Bob Mortimer who all played throughout the 1980s.

These days, they focus on events for the whole community to enjoy, including children’s performances, comedy performances and well-known stories brought to life on stage. To find out what’s coming up, check out the latest listings.

Visit the Albany at Douglas Way, SE8 4AG.

Deptford Market


A contrast to Deptford Market Yard’s vibrancy, Deptford Market is a far more traditional affair. Open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am – 5.30pm, the market stretches down Deptford High Street, Douglas Way and Griffin Way where traders line the streets.

The stalls sell a mix of everything – from fresh fruit and veg, fresh fish, multi-cultural foods, fabrics, bric-a-brac and more. Whatever you can think of, you’ll find it here.

Top tip – head down before midday when most traders start packing up after their early start!