London’s tastemakers from the worlds of music, film and entertainment came together tonight for the launch of new entertainment venue Catford Mews, by cultural developer Really Local Group.
Acting as a creative community hub for South London, the 14,000 sq. ft venue will provide a multi-screen cinema, live entertainment space for music and comedy, pop-up food market with local traders, and eventually co-working areas and exhibition space.
The launch party attracted an array of stylish faces including Mary Charteris, Jaime Winstone, Immy Waterhouse, Marina Bye and Alice Felgate.
Lauded as one of the biggest and most exciting venue openings in South London this year, tonight’s celebrations played host to an exclusive performance by South London born rap artist Big Tobz, and DJ sets from local DJ Charisse C. Speeches were given by Preston Benson, founder of The Really Local Group, and Damien Egan, The Mayor of Lewisham.
Guests sampled a variety of signature dishes on offer by local traders that will make up the food hall, including vegan Scandi Inspired deli toast by Daun’s Deli, a fresh new take on Jamaican patties by Patty Man, popular Japanese sushi bites by FUSÉ and vegan doughnuts by Bears Dough. Guests also enjoyed drinks provided by Havana, Indigo Wines and Brockley Brewery, as well as Havana based espresso martinis by in-house café Compound Coffee.
Catford Mews is the first opening from Really Local Group, who create and restore cultural infrastructure by ‘putting the heart back into the high street’, and is set to inject much-needed buzz and empowerment back into the local area. Spearheading a revival of the Catford Centre, the space will be a destination in its own right, welcoming all ages and local groups. The cinema is the first multiscreen in Lewisham in almost 20 years, with 220 seats across 3 screens. Music and art will also form a key aspect of Catford Mews’ identity with a stage and live performance equipment available encouraging local collectives, artists, groups and even schools to become part of the diverse programme. The venue will also include a local pop up food hall and a full-service bar, serving local produce, with its very own Catford Mews beer from local Brockley Brewery to be available in the coming months.