Streets of London: Nunhead Lane, SE15



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    (click to enlarge) A The Old Nun's Head B The Pyrotechnists Arms C FC Soper D Ayres bakery

    The area’s still low on entertainment though our music section tips the regular Klinker sessions (freeform jazz/poetry/art) and acoustic nights at the Ivy House pub (40 Stuart Road, 020 7732 0222). For outdoor types there’s the famous, and quite spectacular, Victorian cemetery plus the vast expanse of Peckham Rye.

    Though Nunhead’s inhabitants are as eclectic as its building stock (with a bias towards OAPs) it’s already on the radar of those who find nearby East Dulwich and, increasingly, Peckham Rye overpriced. Young families are snapping up two- and three-bed houses down prettier streets such as Barfoth Road, Carden Road, Hollydale Road and Ansdell Road, while single professionals cluster towards Queens Road, Peckham for swift links into town. Paul Curtis at estate agent Roy Brooks describes it as ‘first-time-buyer land’ and reports that prices are rising sharply: a two-bed house that he sold for £299,950 in February would have been £245,000 a year ago.


    Nunhead BR is a swift 14 minutes by rail into Blackfriars or 18 minutes into Victoria. The P12 bus will get you to Surrey Quays, the 78 to Shoreditch, the 484 to Camberwell and the 343 to London Bridge.

    Estate Agents

    Acorn (020 8516 3666/ Thompson(020 8299 8777/ In (020 8693 8000/ Brooks (020 8299 3021/

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