Welcome to Dulwich
Our area guide to Dulwich offers a brief overview of the town and its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.
Covering the postcodes of SE21 and SE22, Dulwich is divided into different quarters, including East Dulwich, West Dulwich, North Dulwich and Dulwich Village. Dulwich is famed for its village quality and well-heeled residents.
The different enclaves in Dulwich are crammed full of independent and artisan retailers, working from small boutique shops and specialising in organic, seasonal, ethical and handmade produce. Croxted Road and Park Hill Road - both Dulwich Village - have everything from a film society to a high-fashion store. Shops with loyal followings include Village Bookshop, Scotch Meats, Biff children's clothing, delis La Gastronomia and Romeo Jones, and Question Air fashions. A farmers' market takes place at Dulwich College on the 4th Sunday of every month.
Catch the bustling street market on North Cross Road on a Saturday before heading to Dulwich Picture Gallery - where contemporary artists are on display alongside masters like Van Gogh. Dulwich Park is a hit after school and at weekends, with families hiring out bicycles, go-karts and boats on the lake. There are tennis courts and a café too. The Dulwich Festival, including the Dulwich Festival Fair, is the area's annual coming together, with stalls, music and performances attracting a diverse crowd. Don't forget to admire the view over London from Dulwich Upper Wood Nature Park.
Dulwich Food and Drink
Residents who like to eat well head to the East Dulwich Deli - food so delicious it now has a franchise in Harrods. For a more refined experience, head to Belair House - a revived 18th century Georgian mansion that's now a bar, dining and social space. The Palmerston is a popular bar and dining room, while The East Dulwich Tavern on Goose Green hosts special events such as jazz and comedy evenings. Dining in Dulwich Village is a treat, with many establishments to choose from, including Porcini, The Rosendale and Rocca di Papa. The Mansion, Dulwich Wood House and The Crown & Greyhound (known locally as The Dog), are great places to meet and chat over a drink.
Dulwich was originally a small hamlet surrounded by fields, and once the hunting ground of Charles I. The land had many royal owners before being handed to the Priory of the Holy Saviour in 1127. After a short spell under the control of Henry VIII, Dulwich passed from goldsmith Thomas Carlton to the Elizabethan actor Edward Alleyn, who would go on to shape the area as a centre for educational excellence. Alleyn built Dulwich College and his work also indirectly helped found Alleyn's School and James Allen's Girls' School. Alleyn gave the manorial and freehold rights of Dulwich to the College, who have been able to block any possible overdevelopment of the area ever since.
Dulwich Property market
Dulwich is brimming full of beautiful Victorian properties - some of which remain as large family dwellings, while others have been converted into flats. Lordship Lane is East Dulwich's main attraction, so neighbouring streets remain perennial favourites with the 'in' crowd. Dulwich Village itself retains the area's crown for the most expensive and desirable properties. Houses for sale in Alleyn Park, Alleyn Road, College Road and Frank Dixon Way, among others, regularly fetch in excess of £2 million. Those with more modest budgets are drawn to the ex-local authority Kingswood Estate, whose now privately-owned houses and flats attract young families and professionals.
Dulwich Council Tax
Most of Dulwich falls within the borough of Southwark, and the latest council tax charges can be found here:-
Dulwich is sought by families looking for exemplary independent education, although the area's state school are well performing.
- Dog Kennel Hill Primary School
- Dulwich Village CofE Infants' School
- Dulwich College Prep & Junior School
- Dulwich Hamlet Junior School
- Goodrich Primary School
- Goose Green Primary School
- Heber Primary School
- James Allens Preparatory School
- Langbourne Primary School
- St Anthony's Catholic Primary School
- Dulwich College
- Alleyns School
- Harris Boys' Academy
- James Allen's Girl's School
- Kingsdale Foundation School
- New Hope Christian Academy
The closest hospitals to Dulwich are King's College and Dulwich Community Hospital.
Dulwich Transport Links
Dulwich has two train stations. Trains from East Dulwich take 14 minutes to arrive at London Bridge, while North Dulwich station is the stop immediately before East Dulwich. The area is well serviced by bus routes, taking passengers to Waterloo, Victoria and London Bridge.
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