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East Dulwich: relaxed residential living with an urban edge

This south-east London gem is intriguingly sandwiched between Middle England-esque Dulwich Village and urban cool Peckham. The best bits of these two juxtaposed areas have clearly rubbed off on East Dulwich, which skilfully combines the former’s leafy calm with the latter’s vibrant diversity.

Transport

East Dulwich proves that there’s more to getting around London than just tube travel:

National rail: situated in travelcard zone 2, East Dulwich station is served by four London Bridge bound trains an hour, which whisk passengers in and out of this iconic part of town in just 15 minutes. Nearby North Dulwich and West Dulwich stations also offer convenient access to Victoria.

London Overground: take a 20-minute stroll to Peckham Rye or Denmark Hill stations for London Overground connections west to Clapham Junction and east to Dalston Junction.

Bus: central London bound bus routes include the 40 (to Aldgate), 176 (to Tottenham Court Road) and 185 (to Victoria), with plenty of other services heading south, east and west.

Accommodation

East Dulwich’s transformation from rural setting to desirable London suburb began in the 19th century, when spacious family homes were built for the burgeoning middle-class. The local architectural style, therefore, typically comprises attractive four- and five-bedroom Victorian and Edwardian homes.

The average property price in East Dulwich is £684,755.

The average rental price in East Dulwich is £426 per week.

Schools

East Dulwich offers access to outstanding state (government-funded) schools and academies – Dulwich Hamlet Junior School, Dulwich Village Infants School and Kingsdale Foundation School – and three of London’s top independent (private) schools: James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich College and Alleyn’s School.

Things to do

The local area truly has something for everyone – from the iconic artworks housed in the Dulwich Picture Gallery to the matchday fix found at Dulwich Hamlet Football Club, which has developed a reputation for being one of the best supported lower league teams around. Lordship Lane is the beating heart of East Dulwich. Here you’ll find an enticing collection of gastropubs, boutique shops, artisan cafes, organic grocery stores and stylish restaurants.

The surrounding area has every base covered when it comes to relaxing outdoor space: Peckham Rye Common provides a sprawling grassy expanse; Sydenham Hill Wood is a unique mix of new and ancient woodland, with remnants of Victorian gardens; and, Dulwich Park is a 72 acre stretch of green meadow, with a boating lake, bowling green, visitor centre and tennis courts.

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