Hiya New Cross!

If you’re about to join Goldsmiths, then you’re officially the new kid on the block – welcome! Finding yourself in a strange city, a different area of the capital, or maybe a whole new country means one thing… it’s time to explore. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of our local area highlights below. Let us know what you think!


Local bars

The New Cross House

Just down the road from the SU, this spacious local has a decked beer garden, a reasonably priced pizza menu and a bunch of pub games. What more can ya want?!


The Marquis of Granby

Slap bang in the middle of New Cross, this place is a local institution. Quiet in the day, rowdier at night. Ideal spot for a couple of pints after lectures.

Bar Story

Cocktails… beer… wine… this funky European bar which is nestled in the heart of Peckham has it all. We recommend the Happy Hour.


Four Quarters

A snazzy gaming bar in Peckham – and popular with students. Head here if old school arcade games are your kinda thing.


SU Bar

We couldn’t list a few local faves without mentioning our own prime spot. We offer a wide range of drinks for every occasion at the very best value in town.



The Red Lion Café

This modern café has a decent mix of coffee and food on offer – just what you need to help you through those lonnnng essays. The wi-fi is speedy and it’s only moments away from campus… win-win.  


Isla Ray

This funky cafe/bar situated on Deptford High Street is owned by a former Goldsmiths student – so let’s show the love! There’s coffee and lunch/brunch items, plus workspace with wi-fi and free exhibition space.


The Broca coffee shop

Colourful and super cosy, this is the place to head in nearby Brockley if you’ve got a craving for a pastry and hot choc.




South London Gallery (Camberwell)

This small gallery for up-and-coming talent is cosy and worth a visit if art is your thang. It hosts various exhibitions throughout the year and has a café and book shop attached. Make sure you pop along to our Visit to South London Gallery Welcome Week event. More info here.


The Old Police Station (Deptford)

This abandoned cop shop provides unique DIY spaces for artists to show and make art. It’s a bit tatty but great for getting lost in.


Studio Voltaire (Clapham)

Take the trek to Clapham to visit this non-profile gallery and artist studios which put on shows worth travelling for.


Matt’s Gallery (Bermondsey)

Named after a dog, the gallery has been transformed over the years by some of contemporary arts most significant artists. Well worth a visit.