Sometimes when living in the big city gets too much, I like to escape somewhere a bit quieter. Sometimes it’s taking a train and leaving the whole city behind, but most of the time it’s actually not necessary to go away from London at all. This city is filled with areas that are like little independent villages in their own right – you’ve got Richmond, Wimbledon and so many others around London, and I’ve made it my mission to visit them all.
Of course, most of these places can be found outside zones one and two, but there’s a few central ones too, such as Marylebone and Stoke Newington. Last Sunday I visited the one closest to me – Dulwich Village in South East London. Its closest station, North Dulwich, is not far at all, which means it’s very accessible with trains running frequently from London Bridge.
The “official” Dulwich Village is basically just one (very lovely) street, but the surrounding area is also very beautiful and worth a stroll in its own right, if only for all the rows of dreamy houses you’ll see on your way. Dulwich Village itself hosts a nice amount of places to spend time in – you’ve got restaurants, shops and, of course, a nice big country style pub also serving as a B’n’B.
When hunger strikes, you could head to Rocco for Italian food (they also have a nice amount of seating outside for sunny days!) or Romeo Jones for coffee and cake in a very cute setting. Wash down the food by heading to the lovely Crown and Greyhound for a crisp glass of white wine or, if you’re still hungry, more food! They serve dishes made from fresh seasonal produce from the British classic of fish & chips to the more exotic avocado & papaya salad. The menu is very varied and, with a few vegan options thrown in too, there’s definitely something for everyone!
If you still have energy after all that eating and strolling around the village, you could walk towards East Dulwich and visit the -Dulwich and Belair parks or check out the newest exhibition in the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The latter sometimes also organises different markets and other events on its grounds – for example until the end of July they are hosting yoga outside in their Pavilion!
I’ve also written a (very positive) review of a lovely pub in East Dulwich called The Rosendale which you can read here. It’s a bit further away from the village but definitely worth going if you’re in the area – the walk there is really lovely too! You might get serious house envy though…
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