Area guide Dulwich Village

So-called villages are springing up all over London, thanks in part to estate agents (not us of course!) coining cute new names for up-and-coming parts of town. Well with Dulwich Village, it’s the real deal.

This pretty, peaceful and much sought-after corner of the capital boasts whitewashed finger-pointing signposts, immaculate gardens, excellent schools and a plethora of independent shops and cafes – everything you could want from an authentic little village, but with central London mere minutes away. North Dulwich station or Herne Hill can whisk you to London Bridge or Victoria in under 20 minutes.

Many properties here fall within the realm of the Dulwich Estate Conservation Area, which imposes some rather strict rules to preserve the village’s architecture, atmosphere and charm. As a result, the village has an almost rural feel about it. The quiet grass-verged streets abound with large Victorian houses, perfectly preserved leaded window panes, and tastefully painted front doors – in regulation colours of course.

East Dulwich’s bustling Lordship Lane is within walking distance, brimming with restaurants and gastropubs galore, shops aplenty, and a Picture House cinema.

"A village within a city – Dulwich Village boasts a beautiful park, a great pub, a world renowned art gallery and some wonderful independent businesses."

Dan Rigby – The Dulwich Trader

Area Highlights

Dulwich Picture Gallery was the first purpose-built art gallery in the world, and dates back to 1811 with an impressive collection including works from Rembrandt, Constable and Canale

Dulwich Park offers 29 hectares and boasts a boating lake, tennis courts and playground. Try hiring one of the park’s recumbent bicycles to see the world from a new angle.

Don’t miss Au Ciel for handmade chocolates, Tomlinson’s for gorgeous gifts, and Gayle’s for indulgently irresistible cakes. Rocca’s great for brunch and the village has a trusty Pizza Express too.

World-class private secondary schools, including Dulwich Collage, JAGS, and Alleyn’s draw many families to this part of London. There are several highly rated state and independent primaries nearby too.

You can easily access central London in under 20 minutes. North Dulwich station serves London Bridge, or stroll to Herne Hill for either Victoria or Blackfriars.