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