East Dulwich once again named as one of the top 101 places to live in Britain

East Dulwich was one of five areas in London named in a list of the top 101 places to live in Britain by the Sunday Times. Along with Balham, Hackney, Alexandra Palace and Marlyebone.


The Sunday Times Best Places To Live guide takes into account a range of factors including transport links, quality of schools, natural beauty, low crime rate, property prices and culture, as well as unemployment figures.


The beautiful Dulwich Park

East Dulwich is an oasis in south east London and its bustling fashionable vibe has caused property prices to increase almost to the highs of neighbouring Dulwich Village. Its distinctive character of organic food shops, lively bars and good restaurants make it very appealing for young couples and families.

Lordship Lane is the main hub of East Dulwich, bursting with restaurants, bars, boutiques and organic food stores. Just off Lordship Lane is North Cross Road, which hosts a bustling street market on Saturdays.


Lordship Lane

There’s no tube, but there are trains to Victoria and London Bridge. The schools are fantastic in the area, in addition to venerable private institutions such as Dulwich College and James Allen’s Girls’ School, there are good state primaries (HamletDulwich InfantGoodrichHeber) and secondaries (CharterHarris Academies).

Dulwich College

Dulwich College

Three-bedroom period homes start at about £800,000; a large semi backing onto the park might go for £2.5m. For the best value, look outside the Lordship Lane area, where a typical four-bedroom house costs £750,000 plus.

Nearby Dulwich Picture Gallery, exhibits some hugely impressive art, from Hockney to Rembrandt. Well worth a visit. The annual Dulwich Festival celebrates local cultural activities and is celebrating its 21st year this May. You’ll also find some amazing street art in and around East Dulwich.


Dulwich Picture Gallery


Street art by Stick

East Dulwich is classified as a low crime area, compared to other parts of London. Even leafy Hampstead and high posh Chelsea have higher crime rates than East Dulwich!

I was born and raised in East Dulwich (an East Dulwicher at heart). I’ve seen all the changes, gentrification, you name it. But no area can compare to this quintessential suburb in London. It’s a great place to bring up a family, good schools, lots of parks and green spaces, lovely friendly community and a great high street.


The Sunday Times’ annual Best Places To Live supplement will be published on Sunday 16 March.


Best Places to live in Britain, Sunday Times supplement, 16 March 2014. Thanks to hubby for buying.

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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. It’s strange how individual people’s perception of desirable living locations change influenced by age and when and where we were born. I was born in Dulwich Village in 1946 and although I no longer live there, it is a place I hold dear in my heart as the location of my growing infant awareness.

    London as a whole which I grew to know well and love certainly had for myself, areas which were completely undesirable to live. Areas with large swathes of run down slums and normally those areas both north and south of the River Thames associated with docklands all which seemed to have undesirable living conditions although the communities that lived there were wonderful. As the years have passed most of those slum areas and sadly those communities as well, have been swept aside by the ceaseless onwards march of gentrification.

    Most of the London I knew has now gone to be replaced by concrete, glass and steel, of which I have a personal anathema, and which to myself has become something of a strange alien place. However for younger people born since these sweeping changes they frequently have a different perception on what are now desirable areas for which I still retain an age related mental blockage.

    I suppose over the centuries this has always been the way which will mean in time, those individual perceptions are likely to change again. I am just so thankful Dulwich itself never seems to age.

    I also cannot fail to notice the difference in street life between areas of “new build” and areas that have developed naturally. The “new build” areas be they urban or rural seem almost sterile and devoid of street life but in areas which developed naturally, the streets positively teem with people going about their business, stopping to chat and so on. Perhaps planners are missing a vital key ingredient in their grandiose schemes.

  2. Ingrid 16 Mar 2014

    An excellent article. I quite agree, I love living in Dulwich. The friendliness of a village an yet varied and cosmopolitan. Lots of amenities and also very easy to get to the main public transport networks. Just right!

  3. Beryl Chandler 18 Mar 2014

    I agree with Michael.

    Perception is so different for us all. I was born in Norwood, spent 18 months in Devon, the rest of the war years in Tooting and then did my growing up in East Dulwich. I thought it was a good place to live then and I still enjoy visiting. My mother-in-law was born and brought up in Bethnal Green, as was my husband. When we visited London with her a few years ago, she was happy to drive through her area of London, but South London frightened her and she made sure that the car doors were locked. I was amazed that my side of London could hold such terror for someone from the other side of the river.

  4. JANICEWENDY 29 Mar 2016

    Lived in East Dulwich for over 20 years. I reside on Lordship Lane and have most definitely seen the changes. Although living on a main road does has it’s down side i.e the occasional remnants of someone who can’t hold their drink,and living on one of the off streets would seem a more desirable option,I have grown to love the area and would not live anywhere else in London.

  5. flow 5 Jul 2016

    i lived on whateley road in the 90’s, near the police horse stables. I loved the place. Easy bicycle access to the rest of london via back streets and converted railway tracks and the canals coupled with a safe and relaxed home. It looks like it has become even better since then


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