The neighborhood of East Dulwich is the best of both worlds: it has the affluent and tame Dulwich to one side and the vibrant and fun Peckham to the other. It has lots of green space for a run, walking the dog, or picnics, but it is also well connected to the rest of London. It's got a great selection of restaurants but isn't loud. This has earned it repeat status on a major newspaper's list of the 101 best places to live in Britain.
Housing here is diverse. You'll find a lot semi-detached homes, Victorian terraces, a flats – some in newer buildings and some in converted terraces. While many of the bigger residences are expensive you can still find family-sized homes for a reasonable price whether you're renting or buying.
The neighborhood's Lordship Lane is the best place to go for just about anything. It's got trendy boutiques, great bars, and fantastic restaurants. You'll find everyting from a tea shop to that most basic of necessities: a chandelier store.
You'll find a mix of young professionals (typically in their 30s, not 20s), lifelong residents, and younger families attracted by the myriad community activities, large yards, and outstanding schools.
Amenities in the area include fishmongers, butchers, organic grocers, street carts, markets, parks, gyms, libraries, and play groups.
The City: 5.2 miles / 25-55 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit / 30-35 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 6.9 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit
Southwark: 4.4 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 35-55 minutes by transit / 25-30 minutes by bike
Westminster: 5.4 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 40-55 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 6.5 miles / 35-70 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit
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