A locals' guide to SE21
"In the heart of Dulwich, Dulwich Park is beautiful on a sunny evening, either walking the dog or taking a leisurely stroll..."Jennifer Purchase
"Victorian houses line the streets of Dulwich and enhance the welcoming, characterful feel of the area..."Michael Schult
"I often pop into Pavilion Cafe in Dulwich Park - it's the perfect spot to take in the beautiful surroundings and they serve delicious food too."Nadia Amzert
Where do SE21 locals go?
Delicious Italian food in delightful Dulwich Village - the linguine comes highly recommended!
Submitted by Alice
A taste of the Mediterranean, this Italian deli also has a patio garden, where you can sit and enjoy their delicious dishes.
Submitted by Alice
Knowles of Norwood
This lovely quirky bar is quiet mid-week for a lovely intimate meal or catch up. And lively on the weekend with a lovely band. Good atmosphere. Rustic style.
Submitted by Daisy
West Norwood Feast
A community market in south London. Community comes together to taste, eat, drink and admire or buy all handmade items and all things that are on offer.
Submitted by a local resident
Brown & Green Cafe
Grab a quick snack and a cup of coffee from this independent kiosk whilst on your daily commute.
Submitted by Joe
Horniman Museum and Gardens
A quirky, free, family-friendly museum and gardens.
Submitted by Stephen
West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre
So many activities for adults and children. I personally love the exercise classes, Zumba and Boxfit.
Submitted by a local resident
Off the Cuff
A wine bar with cheese, live music and cheap drinks. They also sell furniture...
Submitted by Alex
East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café
This small cinema serves everything from cakes to meals, cocktails to coffee and screens small independent films alongside Hollywood blockbusters. There are even reclining seats and 'love seats' if that's what you'd prefer...
Submitted by Fredericka
A great place for an early morning run, where you feel like you aren't even in London - yet you are only 10 minutes from central London on the Victoria line. There are tennis courts, a gym and a Lido too if running isn't your thing.
Submitted by Poppy
The Exhibition Rooms
Beautifully prepared British meals made using the freshest ingredients, this restaurant is perfect for a special occasion!
Submitted by Shanola
This Indian restaurant's food is delicious. I am constantly ordering too much, but never upset by the bill. They always offer me free drinks too!
Submitted by Thomas
Mocktails and cocktails whilst enjoying lovely views of the City from the top of Crystal Palace Triangle.
Submitted by Alice
Why do you find SE21 a great place to live?
"I love the local Foxtons branch, they are so friendly!"
"We have everything in Dulwich!"
"I love the easy link into London, direct bus straight into town."
"Good schools in the area, such as Dulwich College, J.A.G.S and Alleyn's School."
"For breakfast, its got to be either Toasted on Lordship Lane for great coffee and the best toast and jam or Gail's in Dulwich Village for a breakfast meeting over smoked salmon and chive pancakes."
"I recommend heading for a long walk with a coffee in Dulwich Park, then admiring the art at the Dulwich Picture Gallery before indulging in a cupcake at Le Chandelier"
"For families with children, The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a great destination and there's even an Aquarium too. My wife and I love to check out the museum exhibitions from time to time. We're also spoilt for choice for green spaces. "
What do you like about SE21?
Did you know?
"London's tollgates are no longer in use bar one, which belongs to The Dulwich Estate and allows access to their private section of College Road."
Child-friendly activities near SE21
RaviliousDulwich Picture Gallery
The first major exhibition to survey watercolours by celebrated British artist Eric Ravilious (1903-42). Well known for his iconic work for Wedgwood, Ravilious is widely considered one of the key figures in mid-20th century British design but he was also one of the finest watercolourists of the century. Website
Dulwich Wood Parent and ToddlerDulwich Wood Children's Centre
-Meet other parents with toddlers -Take a break from the house -Play with our huge range of toys -Enjoy the amazing grounds -Tap into sources of support -Help your child get ready for nursery school Website
Power PrammingThe Lodge
Power Pramming is a brilliant work-out designed specifically for new mums! If you want to get fit and know that baby is safe and happy, Power Pramming is the way to go! Website
Try Time Kids' RugbyBelair Park
We have created rugby based games and activities that increase kids enjoyment of sport as well as develop them physically. We know what keeps kids entertained and enthused and we believe passionately that our rugby play sessions for all kids from 2 years old to 7 years old, will give them the attributes they will need to go on and play the next level of rugby... or indeed any sport. There are 3 age groups that we run at every venue, Rascals (2-3.5), Scoundrels (3.5-5) and Scrummers (5-7). Kat and Nathan have been coaching children's rugby together for many years. They run the Dulwich site together with a "two heads are better than one" attitude. The Dulwich coaching team attempt to challenge the kids' imaginations and creativity to be weird and wonderful, working with the philosophy that when the kids are having fun, the rugby skills and athleticism inevitably follow. Website
Time To PlayRosendale Primary School & Children’s Centre
Weekly play session for children aged 6 months - 2 years. Meet other mums and dads, share songs and rhymes and get lots of ideas to take home. Please note this session is for families, professional child carers are directed to Childminders' Drop Ins. Website
Caterpillar MusicWaterside Centre
Amazing fun, music, action songs, puppets, instruments and exciting activities every week at Caterpillar Music - a creative learning experience for babies and young children... Website
Heuristic PlaySt. Barnabas Hall (entrance on Gilkes Place)
Heuristic Play is for the more active toddlers - the crawlers and the walkers. Heuristic comes from the Greek term 'I discover' and this type of play is one that allows a child to make discoveries through independent exploration and to learn for themselves with minimal adult interference. £8 class or £96 per 12 week term Website
SE21 is the postcode district in South East London incorporating the areas of Dulwich, Dulwich Village, West Dulwich, Tulse Hill (part), Sydenham Hill (part) and is covered by the Southwark and Lambeth local authorities.
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