Guide To Dulwich Village, London

A recent family wedding took me to Dulwich Village, a small area of South London that (as its name suggests) is more like a countryside village than a city neighbourhood. Two stops on the tube from London Blackfriars, it’s an underrated area of London that you simply don’t want to miss!

Therefore I’ve compiled a quick guide to Dulwich Village, London that contains everything you need to know…


Getting to Dulwich Village –

Dulwich Village is part of a larger area of London that consists of West Dulwich, East Dulwich and Herne Hill. Out of the four, Dulwich Village is the only neighbourhood that doesn’t have a tube station. However, the other areas stations are all within walking distance. Therefore, there are many different ways to get to Dulwich village! I recommend checking the Transport for London Tube Map to plot the best route!

guide to Dulwich Village

On my visit, I got the tube to Herne Hill and then walked through the picturesque Brockwell Park to Dulwich Village. Just outside the station, I found a fabulous food market, which occurs every Sunday. It’s worth visiting in its own right and made for a fantastic introduction to the area.

Things to do in Dulwich Village –

Dulwich picture gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery –

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is thought to be one of the best galleries in London. First opening its doors in 1814, it’s actually the first purpose-built gallery in Britain. Although I didn’t have time to visit myself, the gallery is said to have a fine collection that brings in art lovers from far and wide.

Wander Beautiful Streets –

I spent the majority of my time in Dulwich Village wandering through its beautiful streets. Along its main road, sweet-smelling bakeries and flowershops enticed my senses. I also found that there are plenty of boutiques and independent stores to browse in.

Dulwich Village London

However, my favourite spots in Dulwich Village were the leafy backstreets. Line with Chestnut trees and white picket fences, I found myself staring at picturesque cottages wondering how part of central London could possibly be so Idyllic.

Living in Dulwich Village - Dulwich Village houses

FUN FACT: If you’re now thinking of living in Dulwich, you may need to rethink your grand plan as Dulwich Villages houses sell for at least £1.5 million…  

Visit Dulwich Park –

For an even more rural escape, you can head to Dulwich Park. Characterised by hidden paths, mill ponds and horse riding trails, Dulwich Park is the perfect place to spend a little time away from city life. I simply spent the rest of my afternoon sat under an ancient oak tree people watching… A fine afternoon indeed.

Dulwich Park

Guide to Dulwich Village - Dulwich Park

Guide to Dulwich Village Restaurants –

Only spending two days in Dulwich Village, I was sadly only able to sample a few of its culinary offerings. 🙁 However, I can thoroughly recommend two spots:

1) Rocca: Located on Dulwich Village high street, Rocca is surely one of the best restaurants in Dulwich. Not only is it in a fantastic location, it also serves some of the nicest Italian food around!

Dulwich Village Restaurants: Rocca

2) The Crown and Greyhound: if you’re looking for a more quintessentially British food experience then the Crown and Greyhound is the place to go! Located steps away from Rocca, this Dulwich Village Pub is one of the few remaining grand Victorian pubs in the country – it also sells pretty decent burgers.

Dulwich Village Pub

Where to Stay In Dulwich Village –

Dulwich Village can be so easily reached from other, more affordable, parts of London. I’d, therefore, suggest staying elsewhere, as hotels in this exclusive neighbourhood come with quite a high price tag! This said, with a wedding to attend, my family and I opted to stay in Dulwich Village… Mainly so we didn’t have to wander far once a little intoxicated. 😉

The Crown and Greyhound (mentioned above) is also a hotel. It is where my family and I stayed and I would definitely recommend it! My room was spacious, clean and opened onto a gorgeous courtyard, which was much appreciated as we stayed on a surprisingly warm evening.

Dulwich Village Hotels


To summarise, Dulwich Village is an area of London like no other! I fell in love with its beautiful streets, green open spaces and ‘old world atmosphere’… I’m now off to start saving my millions so I can move in. 😉

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  1. Elizabeth Seal
    May 27, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    Wow this looks like a fairytale land, the houses look beautiful! You capture everything beautifully too, I need to explore the UK more 😀 I wish London was nearer to me! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (I would love to follow each other on bloglovin if you like :D)

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 27, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      Thank you! Its such a beautiful area it was easy to capture 😉

  2. May 30, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    There are so many hidden gems in London that I’ve read about, and his seems like another. I need to make a trip!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 30, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      That’s the thing about London! When you think you’ve seen it all there’s more to explore 🙂

  3. May 30, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures! This is something that I would love to explore. I love the architecture and imagining the scent of the flowers and bakeries…. sounds like an amazing walk!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 30, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      You’re right, the flowers were amazing!

  4. May 30, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I have a few reasons to visit London – my cousins are in boarding school there, and three of my very close friends are living and studying there. In March, I didn’t have the opportunity to explore much beyond where they live (and Piccadilly/downtown) and Dulwhich Village looks more like my cup of tea! I’ll have to check it out the next time I return, hopefully within the year!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 30, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Piccadilly is such a lively and fun place to be! I hope you get to return to explore more of London though (especially Dulwich) 😉

  5. May 30, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    Dulwich looks like such a beautiful area! I haven’t spent much time exploring the neighborhoods around London, so will have to check it out next time I’m in town. I love finding spots with hidden trails, etc!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 30, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      I love it too! Something fun about finding nature in the city

  6. May 30, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    What a magical place! I’ve never heard of Dulwich before, but if I were to imagine what a neighborhood in England/London would look like, this would be it.
    Definitely won’t plan on investing in real estate here. Expensive!!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 30, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      I hadn’t heard of it before the wedding either…. But yes a little out of my price range too haha

  7. May 31, 2018 / 1:09 am

    Dulwich looks so adorable! I love the houses with draping purple flowers. They are wisteria? Your photos are lovely. I know where I want to stay when I visit London now 😀

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 31, 2018 / 6:10 pm

      Yeah they are Wisteria! Spring is the best time to visit if you love flowers like that 🙂

  8. May 31, 2018 / 3:46 am

    Actually just read another thing about parts of South London, and I’m surprised just how man neighborhood and things to do outside of the more popular London attractions. I’d love to go back and check out some of these other areas.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 31, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      there’s sooo many areas to explore, maybe too many haha

  9. May 31, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Ah! I love Dulwich but haven’t explored it nearly enough. Your post perfectly compliments my latest on South London and can’t wait to get to see more of this pretty area.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 31, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      I can’t wait to head back and explore it more too!

  10. May 31, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    I’m not at all surprised by the price point of those houses, Dulwich Village is so picturesque! I would have been sold the moment I steppedoff the train into that food market.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      May 31, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      pretty much sums up how I felt 😉

  11. Gideon Davidson
    December 9, 2020 / 2:41 am

    Thank you for these wonderful photos! I grew up in West Dulwich- in one of the less expensive houses on Croxted Road. Even as a child I felt it was a special place with a lot of quiet beauty, I walked through the village every day to go to school. I’ll be showing some of these to my students so they can see my hometown!

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