Looking for an area south of the river, Peckham and Dulwich may be your best choices, but there is another place that has been hailed as the hidden gem of south London.
Situated between trendy Peckham and upscale Dulwich – it’s easy to overlook Nunhead, the south-east London borough (which is coming into its own), however, has a lively social scene all to itself.
The modest suburb has been voted the best places to live, according to The Times earlier this year.
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The neighborhood, buzzing with independent shops and restaurants, has become an attractive choice for creative, young professionals and families.
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With a good balance of green spaces and a strong sense of community spirit, Nunhead is a corner of London you should consider living in.
Allegedly named after a nun who was beheaded during the Reformation, this part of SE15 was perhaps best known for its magnificent Victorian cemetery overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral.
It seems to have undergone a revival in recent years, though it does attract a mix of arty types and students from Goldsmiths, University of London, in nearby New Cross, as well as families priced from Dulwich.
The neighborhood is now in high demand for its period properties and great sense of community. There was recently a crowdfunding initiative to revive the Peckham Lido, five minutes away on the Peckham Rye common.
Nunhead, however, has a lively social scene to itself and offers a good balance for those looking for a close-knit urban village that is on the move but not too fast.
The open spaces of Peckham Rye Park and Common, consisting of a restored Victorian park and a historic joint, provide a peaceful retreat.
There are also ornamental gardens, flowing streams, forest and a lake, with a popular café, skate park, playground, outdoor gym, making this a local hub all year round.
Nunhead Station is in Zone 2 and on the main line to London Blackfriars (17 minutes) or London Victoria (18 minutes).
while faster and more frequent trains (including the Overground Tube) leave from Peckham Rye station (with trains to London Bridge from 11 minutes). It is also well located for cycling routes.