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Lakeside Centre

Bow Arts is bringing the renowned Lakeside Centre back to life, investing in its future as a cultural centre fostering enterprise at the heart of Thamesmead.




The Lakeside Centre, with its iconic Brutalist architecture, and stunning views of Southmere Lake and the area’s famous skyline, is a Thamesmead landmark and features:

  • 40 new affordable creative workspaces for local artists, designers and makers
  • The Front Room Café, a flexible and welcoming space for people to meet, eat, relax and work, serving delicious, affordable meals and beverages
  • The Enterprise Kitchen, a hire kitchen and production and training facility, teaching cooking and business management skills to young, local street food businesses
  • An early years day nursery, run by the YMCA, with places for 6 babies, 24 toddlers and 28 pre-schoolers

Having previously operated variously as a bar, restaurant, nightclub and café, the venue holds an important place in the area’s history. As well as breathing new life into the building, the project will include a packed calendar of cultural, educational and enterprise events. Local school activities with bespoke, artist-led projects, and affordable housing for creatives will support Thamesmead’s development into a thriving cultural hub by unlocking the area’s talent and creating routes for local children and young people into the creative industries.

The new, fully-accessible centre places sustainability and community investment at its heart: new growing gardens will pioneer local, sustainable food production and consumption, with the Enterprise Kitchen making use of the gardens’ produce to teach local children and adults new skills and techniques in food preparation, in turn providing meals for the nursery.

The renovation is led by Bow Arts as part of Peabody's ambitious vision for change in Thamesmead, supported by the Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund (LEAP).

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Access Information

Lakeside Centre has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet and 1st and 2nd floors / rooftop (via lift) and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.

Accessible parking is available on-site, limited to two spaces.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email or call 020 8980 774 (Ext. 1)

Travel information

Address: Lakeside Centre, London, SE2 9AN
Nearest ststaion(s): Abbey Wood
Bus: 117, 180, 229, 401, 472, 601, 602, 669, N1,
Parking: Limited on-site parking available.

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