Economy & Employment
Camberwell’s diverse economy includes the press, lawyers and the arts.
Due to its great location a significant number of residents from Camberwell are city workers as the excellent rail and bus routes lend themselves to speedy commuting.
Southwark is well known for its press and publishing companies, with the Financial Times, IPC Magazines, The Daily Mail and Evening Standard Newspapers all having their HQs in the borough.
Theatres, museums and the arts are also represented on a larger than average scale in Camberwell and throughout the borough as a whole, making for a diverse economy in the area.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Lawrence Graham and Norton Rose are among major professional services with headquarters here.
Additionally the extension from the tube line to include Denmark Hill, linking to the East London Line incorporating Whitechapel and Shoreditch is making this areas connections even better for the residents.
Camberwell’s £13 million pound regeneration scheme is racing ahead.
Five main areas are targeted:
Library and plaza - an improved public space and a new library with larger children’s area, more space for study, books and media and computers for public use.
Green - a redesigned park to include new play space, areas to sit and enjoy the surroundings and to reinforce the role of the Green as a town centre public space.
Streets - an initiative to improve the quality of the streets and links with the town centre, surrounding residential areas and the Green.
Pocket spaces - there are several public spaces that have been highlighted which could be used to enable Camberwell town centre to function more effectively.
SPD - is to provide detailed planning guidance and information for the Camberwell Community Council area for the next 15 years
There are a few small scale new building projects underway in Camberwell. By far the largest is the Camberwell Fields project of 161 new dwellings of various sizes across the demographies.
TfL has published a consultation for the Bakerloo line extension and it’s creating quite a buzz. Camberwell is being labeled as a new property investment zone, even if the Tube doesn’t come to the area directly it stands to benefit immensely.
Air: London City Airport is the nearest to serve Camberwell, being 9.3 miles away but Gatwick and Heathrow are also easy to reach via the transport network.
Bus: Camberwell has fifteen bus routes going in every direction, making Peckham, New Cross, Kennington, Dulwich, Nunhead, Forest Hill, Waterloo, Elephant and Castle, London Bridge and the City all reachable with ease. It is located in travel zone 2.
Trains: from Denmark Hill go regularly to Victoria (12 minutes) and Blackfriars (14 minutes) and St. Pancras (23 minutes), making it an ideal area for commuting.
Road: The A202 crosses through Camberwell in roughly an east/west orientation to Vauxhall Bridge to the west leading over the Thames, and in the easterly direction takes you towards Greenwich. The A215 runs roughly north/south to the Thames to the north and southwards to Dulwich.
Camberwell has an excellent choice of state primary schools. John Ruskin (Ruskin Street), Brunswick Park (Picton Street), Crawford (Crawford Road) and St. John the Divine C of E (Warham Street) all have outstanding Ofsted reports. Further afield in the Borough of Southwark there are 9 special schools 10 independent schools and 3 independent special schools.
Notable schools include: The Sacred Heart Catholic School, an outstanding co-educational school for 11 to 18 year olds. In recent years it has ranked number two in the country out of over 3,000 schools on the Jesson scale, which is based on the progress made by pupils at GCSE in comparison to Key Stage 2 results on entry. Just 2.5 miles south of Camberwell is the prestigious Dulwich College. It currently has about 1,500 boys, of whom 120 are boarders thus making it one of the largest (in terms of numbers) independent schools in the UK.
Further Education & Higher Education: Just over three miles east is Lewisham Southwark College, which provides the FE in the borough.
London South Bank University (LSBU) at its Elephant and Castle site has over 23,000 students. The University of the Arts London has two colleges in Southwark Borough, The London College of Communication and The Camberwell College of Arts. King’s College London, has the largest university teaching hospital in Europe at nearby Guy’s Hospital.
Shops & Leisure
Shopping & Dining: The main shopping for the area is usually undertaken at the nearby Elephant and Castle, however with the ongoing regeneration in Camberwell, quality shops are now springing up and there are plenty in the way of the usual high street stores. Somerfield’s and Morrison’s are the local supermarkets. The Black Sheep is the local Gastro Pub and the Vineyard Greek Restaurant is a popular local restaurant that has been trading for years.
Leisure & Entertainment: The Elephant and Castle centre includes bingo and bowling alongside shopping. Camberwell includes a number of charming pubs home to an arty crowd with taste for ale, wine and conversation. The George Canning is a fine example of this. Denmark Hill station houses the Phoenix Pub, popular for a plethora of fine ales. Trendy bars line Camberwell Church Street, running through towards Peckham. Many of these bars operate a late licence on weekends and run club style events.
Green Spaces: Camberwell Green itself is central to all of Camberwell life. In addition Ruskin Park with plenty of seating places is great place to meet and is popular with dog walkers, it is a short walk from Denmark Hill Station. Burgess Park and Kennington Park, are both located on the way out of Camberwell towards central London.