Lewisham is the second largest inner London borough and is home to approximately 255,000 people set to grow by 35,000 by 2026. Lewisham has a slightly younger age profile than the rest of the UK. Children and young people aged 0-19 years make up 24.5% of our residents, compared to 22.4% for inner London and 24.4% nationally. Lewisham has 35,800 pupils within its 91 schools.
Lewisham's rich history has fed into the vibrant diverse town centre that it is today. The area is bordered by Catford, Deptford, Greenwich and Hither Green. It is a busy shopping district with a good mix of chain and independent stores and Lewisham Shopping Centre, which is one of the biggest in South East London, and Lewisham Market. The market is open seven days a week with the Monday to Saturday market selling mainly fruit, vegetables, fresh cut flowers and a small range of non-perishable goods. The Sunday market is a general market selling non-perishable goods with up to 60 stalls. There is also an annual programme of themed markets, which include, French, Polish, International and a market made up of local traders.
The arts are at the heart of Lewisham. We are in the top five London boroughs for creative industry growth, with over 2,000 jobs created since 2005, including filmmakers, designers and musicians.
Lewisham Borough's famous residents, past and present include the likes of Danny Baker (Broadcaster), Kate Bush (singer/song-writer), James Callaghan (Labour Prime Minister), Gabrielle (singer/song-writer), Sir Isaac Hayward (politician), Glenda Jackson MP (politician & actress), Spike Milligan (comedian & writer), Mica Paris (singer/song-writer),
Sybil Pheonix MBE (community worker) and Terry Waite (Archbishop's Envoy).
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