10 Reasons To Visit Dulwich That Aren’t, Erm, Dull

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The closest you’ll get to an actual village in South London, Dulwich is full of adorable places to mooch and some serious house goals. You may not have thought to visit Dulwich before, but after a little wander, you’re bound to fall in love.


1. Head to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, obviously

Dulwich Picture Gallery was the first purpose-built public art gallery in the world. It was founded waaaay back in 1811 when Sir Francis Bourgeois gathered his collection of old masters and declared that they were “for the inspection of the public”. What a nice bloke. The building itself was designed by the famous architect Sir John Soane, so all in all it’s a pretty big deal. 

Gallery Road, SE21 7AD

2. Get some peace and quiet at Christ’s Chapel

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Set in a beautiful courtyard, Christ’s Chapel was consecrated in 1616 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, as the centre of Alleyn’s College, or the College of God’s Gift.

Gallery Road, SE21 7

3. Admire beautiful, picturesque houses

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Absolute #GOALS.

4. Explore amazing independent shops

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Including the amazing Franklin’s Farm Shop and Restaurant, The Cheese Block serving up all of the dairy, and this lovely little paint shop that just radiates joy and happiness.

5. Mooch around North Cross Road Market

The vibrant North Cross Road Market takes over North Cross Road (funnily enough) every Saturday. There’s all kinds of treats and trinkets that could have you rummaging around for hours but, more importantly, there’s mouth-watering munch like this epic cheese toastie from Meltsmiths.

North Cross Road, East Dulwich, SE22 9ET

6. Look out for some seriously impressive street art

We didn’t have Dulwich down as a trendy, street art kinda place but boy, were we wrong. Keep an eye out for some real masterpieces dotted around.

7. Get your caffeine fix at a cute coffee shop

Get a cuppa and a cake from Romeo Jones in Dulwich Village, they claim to have the best coffee in the neighbourhood, a brilliant mix of artisan British produce and a bunch of artwork displayed by local artists. Or pop into GAIL’s Bakery down the road, which is home to an exhibition from Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, as well as some pretty amazing bread.

8. Go down t’ pub

Just as any good village has a great pub, Dulwich (as villagey as London can get) is no exception. Grab a pint at The Crown & Greyhound and stick around for some proper tasty pub grub, or head over to the Great Exhibition pub where you’ll find yourself immersed in a great atmosphere with something fun and different going on every night.

9. Grab some fresh air in some amazing green spaces

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Dulwich Park has an entire 72 acres for you to explore, while Belair Park is beautiful in the springtime… and you’re bound to bump into some super cute doggos.

10. And finally, visit one of Dulwich’s pretty, leafy shops to bring the greenness back home with you

Head to Alleyn Park Garden Centre for your urban jungle fix, or potter about Dulwich Pot and Plant Garden and treat yourself to a succulent – because who doesn’t want a room full of cute, spiky, green things?


If you’d like to discover more about the dreamy London village of Dulwich, get your hands on this lovely book by Mireille Galinou. The Dulwich Notebook takes you on a beautifully illustrated adventure around South London’s hidden gem, sharing more secrets than even Secret London could possibly manage. 


Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.

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