West Dulwich is spoilt for beautiful parks and open spaces with Belair Park offering scenic walks around its lake and grounds, alongside access to a skate park and tennis courts. Dulwich Park is well known as one of South East London’s most stunning parks due to its luscious green flag grounds. With a boating park, vegetable gardens, and an outdoor workout area, the park is perfect for locals and visitors looking for an afternoon stroll, dog walk, or run. Dulwich Park’s whopping 30.85 hectares are immaculately maintained and can be explored on foot or even via tandem bike; available for hire within.
The Dulwich Picture Gallery is both locally and wider known as the world’s first purpose-built art gallery. Providing art spanning from the Old Masters through to contemporary British exhibitions, the museum houses a splendid café making it an alluring spot for a relaxing afternoon with friends. Belair House is another historical and cultural building located in West Dulwich. This Georgian mansion possesses a greatly entertaining restaurant and bar, making it a highly sought-after spot by locals and tourists alike. Belair House is also a popular choice of wedding venue, due to its period features and well-maintained grounds.
Restaurants & Coffee
West Dulwich has many enticing restaurants and cafés. Visit Heritage for flavoursome Indian food, or Cellar 107 for scrumptious Italian cuisine and pizzas. Local lunchtime favourites include La Gastronomia for sandwiches or a visit to The Dulwich Bakery. Café Salva and the Sicilian Deli provide excellent coffee for the area, as well as the ever-popular Volcano Coffeeworks.
West Dulwich benefits from outstanding local schools. The primary schools, including the Rosendale School and Elm Wood (both of whom have achieved impressive Ofsted ratings), are seen as the best around. West Dulwich’s historic Dulwich College is also the most sought-after secondary school in the area, whilst both Jags and Allyens are close by.
Travel in West Dulwich is hassle-free. West Dulwich Rail station provides trains to London Victoria while there are also buses to Crystal Palace, New Cross Gate and Oxford Circus.
West Dulwich offers a number of excellent pubs and amenities. A visit to The Rosendale or Paxton Pubs are perfect for couples or families with food or drink available, whilst drinks enthusiasts can benefit from the Gipsy Hill Brewery and taproom. The West Norwood picture house cinema has been a welcomed addition to the area. For a more sophisticated setting, Belair House offers a stylish bar and eatery and the Dulwich Picture Gallery café sits within beautiful grounds.”