Spotlight on East Dul­wich

Fam­ily friendly with in­de­pen­dent shops, great schools and 15 min­utes from Lon­don Bridge — who needs the Tube, asks Anthea Masey

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Property Searching -

THE south- east Lon­don neigh­bour­hood of East Dul­wich is liv­ing proof that places can thrive with­out be­ing con­nected to the Un­der­ground net­work.

This pop­u­lar place pulls in young fam­i­lies in their droves, at­tracted by one of the most in­ter­est­ing and var­ied shop­ping streets in south Lon­don and fre­quent rush-hour trains to Lon­don Bridge that take just 15 min­utes.

Add to the mix a much-needed new com­pre­hen­sive school be­ing built on the Dul­wich Hospi­tal site in East Dul­wich Road and a new Pic­ture­house cin­ema in Lord­ship Lane, and there is now no rea­son to leave.

Caught be­tween ever-so-hip Peck­ham and stuffy Dul­wich Vil­lage, East Dul­wich is five miles south-east of cen­tral Lon­don.

This lo­ca­tion has en­abled the high street along Lord­ship Lane to de­velop its own in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter with only a hand­ful of chain stores and lots of in­de­pen­dent shops, cafés and res­tau­rants. Es­tate agent Paul Bent of the lo­cal branch of Kin­leigh Folkard & Hay­ward de­scribes East Dul­wich as a hid­den gem, very com­mu­nity-cen­tric and fam­ily fo­cused with amaz­ing schools.

“It feels like the kind of place where you could still leave the back door open and your neigh­bour would look out for you,” he says. “It feels sep­a­rate from the fran­tic pace of Lon­don with a slower, more re­laxed way of life.”

He says fam­i­lies are sell­ing flats in more ex­pen­sive ar­eas such as Clapham and Wandsworth be­cause they can get bet­ter value for money in East Dul­wich. There are also lo­cals trad­ing up to larger houses.

“I have no­ticed re­cently that more buy­ers are com­ing from the City with large bud­gets. This is a new trend,” he ex­plains.

In­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter:

Daily bread: bak­ers at Brick House Bak­ery Lord­ship Lane, above and above left, of­fers a high street largely free of chain stores

Grow­ing ap­peal: spe­cial­ist plant shop For­est, run by Amy DaikonHar­ris, left

Lo­cal patch: Goose Green lies just off Lord­ship Lane to­wards Peck­ham Rye

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