Dulwich voted 99th best place to live in Britain

Dulwich is a leafy, genteel haven amid the mean streets of south London.

leafy dulwich

Indeed, Dulwich Village is almost too quaint for the Big Smoke — it has old-fashioned timber street signs, a tollgate and a 72-acre park, all managed to perfection by the Dulwich Estate. The park is the stuff of Middle England fantasies, with a boating lake, a bowling green, tennis courts and a cricket pitch; the Dulwich Picture Gallery and its elegant cafe increase the sense of refinement.

Dulwich Park

Dulwich Park

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

The high street has an Italian deli, but Lordship Lane is the real shopping hub, with a fishmonger (Moxon’s), a butcher (William Rose), a greengrocer (Franklin’s Farm Shop) and an artisanal bakery (Luca’s), as well as a Sainsbury’s and a library.


Moxons on trendy Lordship Lane

Dulwich College

Dulwich College

There’s no Tube, but there are trains to Victoria and London Bridge. And the schools make up for it: in addition to venerable private institutions such as Dulwich College and James Allen’s Girls’ School, there are good state primaries (Hamlet, Dulwich Infant, Goodrich, Heber) and secondaries (Charter, Harris Academies).

Three-bedroom period homes start at about £750,000; a large semi backing onto the park might go for £2.5m. For the best value, look in East Dulwich, where a typical four-bedroom house costs £630,000.


What the locals say
Our white picket fence needs a coat of paint, but we’re waiting for permission from the Dulwich Estate.

Why we love it
It’s the closest thing to country life in south London. Where are your wellies?”

What do you think? Do you think Dulwich is one of the best places to live in Britain – without the urban hassle. Let us know via the comment box below…

Dulwich voted 99th best place to live in Britain via The Sunday Times

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Shapa Begum

About Shapa Begum

Hi, I’m Shapa Begum, Blog Editor. Born and raised in East Dulwich, I love what I do here at Dulwich OnView, I’m absolutely passionate about south London and reaching out to local communities – you can read about my favourite Dulwich spots on Time Out London and Completely London blog. My role goes beyond editing, I write, review, participate in conferences/events, attend local happenings and oversee the marketing. There’s no rest for the wicked! When not working, I love to read, write, visit museums and spend time with my loved ones.
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  1. Sue Gillie 27 Mar 2013

    Other pluses: there is a real sense of community with lots of sports clubs, residents’ associations, and masses of stuff at the Gallery to mention just a few. The very frequent trains are brilliant: 12 minutes into Victoria from West Dulwich – and you (almost always) get a seat!- and a quick cross platform interchange at Herne Hill for the City and points beyond. North Dulwich is only 15 into London Bridge. Stuffy, crowded tube, eat your heart out!

    Shopping is fun with lots of cafes in the Village and West Dulwich, and you haven’t mentioned lively Northcross Road in East Dulwich with its Saturday street market.

  2. Beryl Chandler 28 Mar 2013

    Well Well Fancy Lordship Lane being trendy!

    Great to hear that it has a butcher, baker, green grocer as it did when I was young. They are in short supply in some places.

    Trendy then? Well I did go to the Skiffle Club down at the Tavern. My mother thought it was a den of iniquity!

    When I think back though to the furniture and fittings at home, I realise that it was really Art Deco so even Mum had been trendy in her time.

    Thats the key is’nt it? We are all tenants of our time.

    ‘Dulwich on View’ shows that many of you appreciate the place and time that you inhabit.


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