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Diverse urban cool in Deptford

Edgy urban cool doesn't get any better than in South London's Deptford. Popular with artists, it has a fabulously diverse high street where you can get anything from a tattoo to an authentic Vietnamese lunch. For fans of the traditional street market a wander down Deptford's version is an absolute must. On three days a week, there's a bric-a-brac section on Douglas Way that has to be seen to be believed. Deptford's famous for being the site of English playwright Christopher Marlowe's murder in 1593 - he's buried in an unmarked grave in St Nicolas's Church. Today it offers some hugely diverse eating and drinking. Try Pho Hanoi for highly regarded authentic Vietnamese food or London Velo for coffee and brunch.

Take a trip to St Paul's

With its excellent transport links and a stop on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) Deptford's a great starting place to explore London. Take the DLR over the Thames to Bank from where you can swap to the London Underground which gives access to the rest of the city, or hop out at Bank and walk to Nearby St Paul's Cathedral. Closer to home Deptford's neighbour Greenwich is home to the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory, plus some lovely parks.

Alternative nightlife

Deptford's got some definitely different night spots such as Shades Sports Bar offering snooker-playing till late, and the not-for-profit-run Deptford Cinema showing unusual and cult films. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Deptford? Travelodge London Greenwich Hotel and Travelodge London Greenwich High Road are both five minutes away.