A handful of Thai restaurants.
And The Waiting Room.
A small, unassuming cafe the likes of which you'd find in Hoxton, is, it seems, paving the way for a 'new Deptford'...
It’s named “The Waiting Room”, with perhaps unintended irony, as that's exactly what you'll find yourself doing - waiting. Service is measured and slow. But that's the point. It's as though time stands still in this cute cafe.
And as time slows, you can take in the quirky decor of distressed wood, sarcastic scribbles on the wall and a menu written in fridge magnets. Sarcasm is, so we were told by the wonderful staff, a speciality, to be served daily with your decaf.
Substantial lunch choices of Brick Lane beigels, sandwiches and burgers. And milkshakes to die for. We indulged in the V.L.T. Which is not for the faint-hearted, as our friends at the Waiting Room are not afraid of dishing out generous dollops of their dairy free mayo...
Spotted: a chatty man waiting for his double shot espresso who systematically asked everyone in the queue how their day was (maybe the extra caffeine is a bad idea?) and a glamorous goth with her vegan lap dog (yes, really!)
Go, sit, wait, eat, enjoy.
PS While you're there, get yourself snapped with the Chippendale look-alikes!