Do you want to experience a true gem hidden in south London? Well I have a spot for you with great English pub fare, an inviting atmosphere and a theatre to boot!
The Brockley Jack is a pub with a colourful history dating back to the 18th century. The original wooden building was a renowned haunt for the local highwaymen and legend has it that the dashingly heroic highwayman Dick Tupin frequented the pub. This is probably why it went by the name The Crooked Billet for much of the 18th century. It has been documented that the stairs could be removed at night to protect the villains hiding on the first floor.
Interestingly for much of the 19th century it was known as The Castle, a bit of a change up. In 1889 it was replaced by the brick building that stands today.
On a cold London night the warmth from the enticing open fire place and a lovely glass of red is enchanting. While it is busy with the hustle and bustle of the crowd, there is something about the atmosphere that is alluring.
Theatre, Food & Drink
What sets the Brockley Jack apart is the theatre that is right next door and when the box office opens the adjoining door makes for easy access.
The theartre started its days as a function room in 1889. Over the years it has been used as a dance hall, a snooker room and a music venue until the 80s when it lay dormant.
Then a bunch of local actors thought it would be a great venue to stage theatre productions in the beginning of the 90s. From there it has grown into the award winning hub of creativity it is today.
How to get there
You have a couple of options to get there from central London. By train you can take the overland from Elephant and Castle tube stop to Crofton Park. It’s a short walk up the road from there or you can catch the 171 or the 172 bus from Waterloo Station and it will drop you right at the front door. There is also a night bus so you won’t have any worries about getting home if you don’t want to shell out for a taxi.
If you want to get off the tourist track and find a pub that Londoners enjoy, then take a trip out to Lewisham and check out the Brockley Jack. I highly recommend the experience.
I’d love to hear about your favorite local pub, drop me a line in the comments. Maybe I’ll pop by sometime.