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.