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What we do

Our purpose built venue is located on Giffin Square, just 150m from Deptford Station and 650m from New Cross Station. In the summer, we bring the community together for events on the square, and in winter we are a warm space, welcoming people in for a hot drink and a comfortable space to read, chat or study.

All year round, we hire out our spaces for events, meetings, clubs and sports.

Find us at:
9 Giffin St, Deptford SE8 4RJ Map

Deptford Lounge is fabulous!! Gives a real sense of community- everyone is welcome and all the staff are friendly and very helpful

Who runs Deptford Lounge?

The Albany works in partnership with Lewisham Council to manage Deptford Lounge.

The Albany is South East London’s leading arts centre, offering a programme of theatre, comedy, music, spoken word and much more, situated just across the high street on Douglas Way.

Deptford Lounge also houses a library which is run by the Lewisham Library service, and facilities are shared with Tidemill Academy and Resolution Studios, a complex of apartments and studios.

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3 million visitors

We’ve welcomed over 3 million visitors since we opened in 2012

Attended our Lunar New Year festival

3,500 people attended our Lunar New Year festival in January 2023. We are proud to host Mid-Autumn and Lunar New Year festivals each year for our local Vietnamese community.

Library and ICT suite

The library service is operated by Lewisham council. Occupying the ground floor, it is a warm and inviting place to browse the bookshelves, study, make use of the free wi-fi or relax with a newspaper. We are not a quiet library, so from time to time we also host exhibitions and events in this space.

The children’s library at the far end of the ground floor has hundreds of children’s books, and also hosts events such as our weekly Rhymes and Stories.

The ICT Suite has 9 PCs.

Library website
Main Hall

Affordable spaces for hire

Our building houses meeting rooms, a music room, a dance studio, and even a roof-top ball court, which are all available for hire on a one-off or regular basis, at affordable rates.

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Our Building

Walking down a busy Deptford high street on market day, you can’t miss our striking gold building on Giffin Square.

Designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTEa), the building opened in 2012 and has won numerous awards for its architecture, including in the Culture & Community category at the New London Awards 2012.

The design is inspired by local history, with the side of the building along Giffin Street depicting Francis Drake’s ship The Golden Hind – the Elizabethan adventurer set sail to circumnavigate the world in 1577, and when he returned the ship was put on display in Deptford’s dockyards. In turn, the building has inspired our brand, with the logo mirroring the dots and circles on the facade.

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Children from Tidemill Academy on our ball court

Tidemill Academy

Deptford Lounge shares facilities with primary school Tidemill Academy, a two-form entry primary school and nursery.

Academy website

Designed with accessibility in mind

Deptford Lounge has been purpose built to welcome all members of the community irrespective of age, ability or additional needs.

The building has level access, with accessible toilets and shower facilities also available.