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East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café

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...

Le Chardon

Le Chardon

Proper French food, an interesting 1880s Grade II listed interior and a piece of local history, as it used to be a David Greig shop. Put your handbag on the marble shelves and try the lobster, bouillabaisse or coq au vin and wash it down with a fabulous wine choice. I always have a good meal here.

The Bishop

The Bishop

A superb way to spend your evening, this newly refurbished pub in the heart of East Dulwich is the perfect place for celebrating with a cheeky champagne or two.

Olivelli

Olivelli

Great pizzas, pasta and fresh fish!

La Gastronomia

La Gastronomia

A taste of the Mediterranean, this Italian deli also has a patio garden, where you can sit and enjoy their delicious dishes.

Hisar

Hisar

Arguably the best kebab on Lordship Lane! It's hard to break the habit of going every day for lunch...

Yama Momo

Yama Momo

Situated in the heart of East Dulwich on Lordship Lane, if you like Japanese food, you have to try Yama Momo. Great atmosphere, food and drinks!

Rocca

Rocca

Delicious Italian food in delightful Dulwich Village - the linguine comes highly recommended!

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens

A quirky, free, family-friendly museum and gardens.

Peckham Springs

Peckham Springs

Thursday is the new Friday night! Peckham Springs under Peckham Rye Station is a food and drinks venue in an art gallery space.

Petitou

Petitou

A lovely family-friendly café just off Bellenden Road that serves tasty homemade food.

K & K Butchers and Grocers

K & K Butchers and Grocers

On the corner of Choumert Road and Rye Lane there is K&K Butchers, which sells fresh produce, meats, fish, fruits and vegetables.

The Begging Bowl

The Begging Bowl

Thai street food with a tapas approach - a relaxed and friendly buzz, especially on the weekend.

The Melange

The Melange

A handmade chocolate shop and café that serves fantastic hot chocolate!

Canavan's Peckham Pool Club

Canavan's Peckham Pool Club

Where every good night ends...Peckham's pool club open 24/7!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of East Dulwich, Herne Hill, Peckham Rye, Upper Sydenham, West Norwood, Brixton, Streatham Hill, Norwood, Forest Hill and Camberwell

"Dulwich Picture Gallery was the first public art gallery in Britain. It was created from a collection of art compiled at the request of the King of Poland, but when he abdicated following Poland's conquest by Russia and Prussia, it left the curators with a massive collection. On their death they left it all to Dulwich College and decreed in their will that it must be displayed to the public."

Victorian houses line the streets of Dulwich and enhance the welcoming, characterful feel of the area...

Michael Schult

In the heart of Dulwich, Dulwich Park is beautiful on a sunny evening, either walking the dog or taking a leisurely stroll...

Jennifer Purchase

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.

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  1. I love the local Foxtons branch, they are so friendly!

  2. We have everything in Dulwich!

  3. I love the easy link into London, direct bus straight into town.

  4. Good schools in the area, such as Dulwich College, J.A.G.S and Alleyn's School.

  5. 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.

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Child-friendly activities near Dulwich

Try Time Kids' Rugby

Belair 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

St. Faith's Drop-In Toddler Group

St. Faith's Community Centre
Baby and Toddler group, Toys and activities for your child to socialise. Tea and coffee available. St Faith's Community & Youth Association is a charitable organisation and multi-use community centre providing a wide range of educational, social and cultural activities for the residents of Southwark. Website

Ravilious

Dulwich 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

Trampoline


As parents all over the western world know...kids love to bounce up and down. If it's not your bed or their bed...its the sofa! So in an attempt to save your furniture, book them in to one of our term time trampoline courses. £34, member £36, non member £38 Website

Little Kickers


At Little Kickers the focus is very much on fun - a national network of informal yet professionally run training classes where enthusiastic boys & girls (18mths - 7th birthday) are given a helping hand to stand on their own two feet. 2 - 3½ yrs £52.00+£20.00* 3½ - 5th b'day £52.00+£20.00* *New members will be charged a one off membership fee of £20.00 Website

About Dulwich

Dulwich is an affluent area of South London. The area is mostly in the London Borough of Southwark with parts in the London Borough of Lambeth. Dulwich, consisting of East Dulwich, West Dulwich and Dulwich Village lies in a valley between the neighbouring districts of Camberwell, Crystal Palace, Denmark Hill, Forest Hill, Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill, Herne Hill, Honor Oak, Peckham, Penge, Sydenham Hill, Tulse Hill and West Norwood. Dulwich is also known as the location of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and Dulwich College. Dulwich Village contains the original shopping street and still contains nearly all of its original 18th and 19th century buildings. It remains very uncommercialised and is a conservation zone.

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