The London Borough of Lewisham is a London borough in south-east London, England and forms part of Inner London. The borough wasestablished in 1965, by the London Government Act 1963, as an amalgamation of the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham and the Metropolitan Borough of Deptford, which had been created in 1900 as divisions of the County of London. Nonetheless, minor boundary adjustments have occurred since its creation. The most significant amendments were made in 1996, when the former area of the Royal Docks in Deptford was transferred from the London Borough of Greenwich.
The principal settlement of the borough is Lewisham. The borough covers an overall area of around 13.57 square miles. It is encompassed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to the east, the London Borough of Bromley to the south as well as the London Borough of Southwark towards the west. The River Thames forms a short section of northern boundary together with the Isle of Dogs inside the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Deptford Creek, Pool River, River Quaggy and River Ravensbourne pass via the borough.
In line with population estimates made in the middle of 2014, Lewisham is a borough with about 291933 permanent residents. Around 43 per cent of households are owner-occupiers. The Prime Meridian passes through Lewisham. Blackheath, Goldsmiths, University of London and Millwall F.C. are situated inside the borough.