Three cinema screens, a cafe and food market, a bar and live performance space are part of a new cultural venue opening in south London this week.
Catford Mews officially launches on Wednesday (25 September), the first multiscreen cinema to open in Lewisham for over 20 years. The three screens have 220 seats between them, and show the latest releases — opening programme includes Downton Abbey and Ad Astra.
The building doubles up as a live entertainment space, offering somewhere for local performers, groups and schools to put on music and comedy shows. Affordability is one of the key principles of Catford Mews, with cinema tickets from £4.99-£9.99, and memberships available for Catford locals. The legendary Peckhamplex could have a thrifty rival on its hands.
Local traders serve up their dishes at the pop-up food market — think vegan Scandi-inspired deli by Duan’s Deli, a fresh take on Jamaican patties by Patty Man, popular Japanese dishes by FUSÉ and vegan doughnuts by Bears Dough. Caffeine comes courtesy of Compound Coffee, and Brockley Brewery and Brixton-based Indigo Wines are on hand for something stronger.
Eventually, a co-working space and exhibition area will also be part of the offerings.
Catford Mews is the first project by developer Really Local Group, which aims to restore cultural infrastructure by 'putting the heart back into the high street'. Hayes in west London is the location of the group's next venture, with others due to follow.
All sounds lovely and everything, but we can't help thinking they missed a trick by not calling it Catford Meows. 🐱
Catford Mews, 32 Winslade Way, Catford, SE6 4JU. Opens 25 September 2019.