Small, quirky and packed with pretty Victorian properties, Nunhead nestles between East Dulwich, Peckham and Brockley – but still has its own station and its own distinct identity.
Legend has it the area takes its name from an old inn named The Nun’s Head, popular in the 1600s. We can’t vouch for that, but The Old Nun’s Head gastropub that overlooks the village green today is well worth a visit.
There are plenty of open spaces to enjoy here too. Nunhead Cemetery, the second largest of London’s Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries, offers 52 acres for quiet contemplation and fabulous views. From among the haunting headstones you can see St Paul’s Cathedral on a clear day – a reminder that the centre of London is not far away.
A wander around the hidden retail thoroughfare of Evelina Road offers everything from a hardware store to a spa salon – as well as Papa Bear’s retro, vintage and contemporary furniture emporium, which is open by appointment.
And when you’ve had enough retail therapy, indulge in a cake (or two) from Ayres Bakery or Bambuni Deli. Nunhead might be small, but there are certainly some big reasons to love it.