Dulwich area guide

Discover the very best of East and West Dulwich, plus amazing restaurants, pubs, bars and things to do

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Despite its proximity to central London (West Dulwich is only 13 minutes by train to Victoria), Dulwich is one of those places that doesn’t look like it belongs in London. But that’s not to say there aren’t numerous reasons to drop down south and go exploring. The Village is filled with white wooden signposts, gravel driveways, multi-million-pound period houses and loads of greenery. In fact, you’re pretty much surrounded by parks; at the centre is Dulwich Park that links all the areas together, but there's also Belair Park and Brockwell Park not too far. Then, of course, you have Dulwich College, one of the city’s oldest public schools, and all their open spaces, too. Adding to the countryside feel are all the independent shops, restaurants, pubs and bars. East Dulwich, the home of the lengthy Lordship Lane, is slightly busier, with buses connecting you to central London, Peckham and the rest of south London. 

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Things to do in Dulwich

Dulwich Picture Gallery
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Dulwich Picture Gallery

This bijou gallery displays a small but outstanding collection of work by Old Masters and temporary exhibitions.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
House of Dreams
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House of Dreams

Artist Stephen Wright has covered this home in kitschy mosaics proving that one man's trash is another man's treasure.

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5 out of 5 stars
Brockwell Lido
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Brockwell Lido

The 50-metre pool is surrounded by art deco Grade II-listed buildings that house the Lido Café and exercise studios.

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4 out of 5 stars
Dulwich College
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Dulwich College

Basically London's answer to Hogwarts, it's worth checking out just to peep its Venetian-inspired architecture.

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5 out of 5 stars

Bars and pubs in Dulwich

Rosendale
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Rosendale

The Rosendale is the only food-focused pub to serve West Dulwich; perhaps it’s the lack of competition that has caused standards to slip despite this handsome establishment’s refurbishment by the well-regarded Renaissance group. The sheer expanse of the dining area, while an appealing place to sit (bright by day, cosy yet elegant in the evening), is clearly challenging to fill with diners. On our last visit, we noted punters migrating from the bar area to share a bottle of wine and maybe a bar snack. Arriving at a quiet time, we nonetheless faced a considerable wait for our food. When the meal arrived, even the promising ‘specials’ had the air of weary, part pre-cooked standbys: stodgy risotto; ‘pan-fried’ duck with grey flesh and soggy, resilient skin; old-school cabbage. The ‘summer fruit’ tart owed its crisp, buttery pastry to last-minute assembly that threw up unhalved grapes and unripe mango. Wondering at the pub’s popularity, we noted relaxed family groups populating the extensive, decked back garden with its dedicated toddlers’ play area. Add fairly priced wines and decent cask beers to the mix and the Rosendale continues to fulfil a welcome, if not gastronomically exalted, function.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
East Dulwich Tavern
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East Dulwich Tavern

Like all good local pubs, the East Dulwich Tavern varies greatly depending on when you visit. On a week night you might wander into a film club or a quiz; at prime-time it’s standing room only as packs of pals knock back bottles of local craft beer; weekends are all about board games and grub in the airy, sky-lit main room. Crucially, it caters to all these needs without alienating anyone, and its upcycled aesthetic and well-priced, accessible menu add to the impression that everyone’s welcome to use the pub’s considerable space as they see fit – even if that’s just getting quietly sloshed in the corner.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
The Crown and Greyhound
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The Crown and Greyhound

The Crown & Greyhound – a venerable pile of a pub in Dulwich Village, and ‘The Dog’ to locals – was closed for renovations for so long it feels like a miracle it’s reopened at all. It’s still recognisably the same local institution (and the Village’s only proper watering hole), but it’s been given a neat revamp. It’s nothing too progressive though: rather like the sprawling Half Moon in nearby Herne Hill (which has also had a significant facelift), it’s simply a decent, classic London pub, and all the better for it. There’s acres of wooden panelling, decorative glass, snazzy cornicing and artfully mismatched furniture. The pub comprises a massive, leafy beer garden, a back room covered in framed butterflies and other faux naturalist bits ’n’ pieces, and a restaurant doing snazzed-up takes on standard pub grub. The bar had alternative mainstream beers and ales like Meantime, Camden and Sharp’s on tap, and a host of modish craft ales in the fridge. It’s 2017, so of course there’s gallons of gin. It’s much like any other posh neighbourhood pub – and reliably crammed with families on my visit – but it has a warm familiarity. It’s a more than welcome return. The old Dog’s still got it.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
The Bishop
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The Bishop

Welcome to the Bishop on Lordship Lane, famous for our resident hound, Clarence. We specialize in seasonal british home cooked pub fare, quality local and british cask ales and continental beers, old and new world wines. We have been serving locals and visitors to the lane for years and are proud to be part of the east dulwich community.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Dulwich

Franklins
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Franklins

An East Dulwich establishment with a commitment to careful sourcing and an adventurous menu. 

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Yama Momo
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Yama Momo

This local spot ditches Japanese authenticity in favour of eccentric presentation and flavour-fiddling. 

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Platform 1
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Platform 1

Described as 'permanent pop-up', this spot is dedicated to developing new culinary talent with an ever-changing menu.

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5 out of 5 stars
Cafe G
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Cafe G

Venue says: “Enjoy food and drink with friends and family in a clean, fresh space.”

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5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels near Dulwich

The Lilac Door

The Lilac Door

Located in London, The Lilac Door is a family-run bed and breakfast located 1 km from Dulwich Picture Gallery and 2.6 km from Crystal Palace Park. The property is set 5 km from Battersea.All units in the bed and breakfast are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries, while certain rooms will provide you with a seating area. Chocolates, water and a tea/coffee tray are provided.A Vegetarian, Gluten-free or Full English breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast area.Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near The Lilac Door.Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey can be reached in less than 15 minutes by train from the property. London City Airport is 12 km away.

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Innkeeper's Lodge London, Dulwich

Innkeeper's Lodge London, Dulwich

Boasting a garden, Innkeeper's Lodge London, Dulwich offers rooms in London, 2.8 km from O2 Academy Brixton and 3.2 km from Crystal Palace Park. Ideally situated in the Southwark district, this hotel is located 5 km from Battersea. The in-house restaurant serves British cuisine.All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. The rooms feature a wardrobe.A Full English/Irish breakfast is available daily at Innkeeper's Lodge London, Dulwich.The nearest airport is London City Airport, 11 km from the accommodation.

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Premier Inn London Brixton

Premier Inn London Brixton

Located 2 minutes' walk from Brixton Village Market and The Ritzy cinema, Premier Inn London Brixton offers an on-site restaurant and free WiFi. Brixton Tube and train station is a minute's walk away and central London can be reached in 20 minutes. The O2 Academy Brixton is just a 5-minute walk away.Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a 40-inch flat-screen TV, blackout curtains and en-suite power shower. Tea/coffee making facilities are also provided.You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.London City Airport is 12 km from the property. It's a 10-minute stroll to historic Brockwell Park and a little further to lively Clapham Common.

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Rooms at The Tulse Hill Hotel

Rooms at The Tulse Hill Hotel

This handsome old nineteenth-century hostelry was refurbished in 2014 and has since won various plaudits as a ‘gourmet bolthole’ in a somewhat un-gourmet part of south London. Its unpromising location, on a traffic gyratory, is completely forgotten once you’ve flopped down in one of the nine large and attractively appointed rooms, with their excellent bathrooms with rain showers and Orla Kiely toiletries – but handy for getting to nearby Brixton and Dulwich in your car (parking available). Breakfast included.

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The perfect weekend in Dulwich

Visit: Dulwich Picture Gallery
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Visit: Dulwich Picture Gallery

Check out the art in this gallery, designed by Sir John Soane in 1811, and grab a coffee in the appealing café.    

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Explore: London Recumbents Dulwich
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Explore: London Recumbents Dulwich

Based in the heart of Dulwich Park, LR cater for laid-back cyclists of all ages and offer a range of rides for hire. 

Eat: Franklins
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Eat: Franklins

Indulge in this neighbourhood destination that has stood the test of time. They even offer roasts on a Sunday.    

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Drink: The Crown and Greyhound
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Drink: The Crown and Greyhound

When the sun is shining, there's nothing better than grabbing a pint and perching outside this pub.   

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

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