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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