London Through the Looking Glass: Stockwell

Green City Park Path On Picturesque Bright Summer Day

Sitting smack bang in the London Borough of Lambeth, Stockwell is a place with a fascinating history, a homely vibe, and a fair few famous residents.

If you’re thinking about paying Stockwell a visit or relocating to the area, allow us to bestow you with a little more information on this big city gem…

A brief history of Stockwell

Did you know that during the 18th Century, Stockwell was at the centre of tea smuggling? Probably not, but it’s a pretty cool fact. Here are a few other things you may not know about the area’s longstanding history…

1285: The Manor of South Lambeth was split to form Stockwell and Vauxhall Manors.

1802: The Manor of Stockwell was sold at auction.

1840: The first houses in Stockwell Park Road and Crescent were built.

1862: Brixton railway station opened under its original name of Brixton & South Stockwell.

1873: Troubled artist Vincent Van Gogh lived at 87 Hackford Road.

1927: The one and only Roger Moore was born on 14th October at the Annie McCall Maternity Hospital in Jeffreys Road. His family lived in Albert Terrace.

1942: During the war, deep air-raid shelter tunnels were erected next to Stockwell Station. The shelters weren’t opened until July

1944: by which time the blitz was over. As a result, the tunnels were originally supposed to be part of an express Northern Line, but the plans never materialised.

1948: The SS Windrush brought 500 West Indian immigrants to Britain, many of whom were housed in the deep shelter tunnels between Stockwell and Clapham South. These people would go on to form Lambeth’s culturally rich beauty, the Borough we all know and love today.

1990: Acid and ambient house pioneers The KLF recorded their most iconic tunes at Trancentral, AKA 55, Jeffreys Road. Following worldwide chart success, the group moved to St. Michael’s Road.

2002: Today’s notable Stockwell residents include Joanna Lumley, Will Self, and angry chef Gordon Ramsay.

“I am a mixture of idealist and realist.”Roger Moore

Stockwell today

Today’s Stockwell is bright, vibrant, leafy, and family friendly. It’s an upcoming area which for London, is affordable rent-wise considering its top local amenities and excellent transport links, with the average price for a spacious one-bedroom flat coming in at around £1,380pcm.

Stockwell is a thriving cultural hub and offers a mix of Portuguese and West Indian eateries (I don’t think Ramsay would live here if the restaurants were bad), plus a host of well-known culinary chains and trendy London pubs. In fact, the area is home to around 79 restaurants, 75 shops, and 32 pubs, bars, or clubs.

Stockwell’s top pubs and eateries include the mouthwateringly reasonable Etrurian joint, Adulis; the ultra-hip Crown & Anchor, and prime comedy boozer, The Cavendish Arms (or as locals call it, The Cav).

And it’s not all about food and drink. If you’re looking for a scenic stroll in Stockwell, Slade Gardens is a sprawling green space that will have you entertained for hours.

So, whether you’re looking to visit Stockwell or migrate to the area, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Oh, and if you are looking to move from A to B, maybe we can help.