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This old Victorian suburb, about six miles from central London, was badly damaged during WWII and has undergone a revival in recent years. It has a wealth of neighbourhood shops, many consistently voted among the best in London.

Rail: East Dulwich

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East Dulwich

Grace & Favour

This eclectic gift shop is a good reason to visit East Dulwich on its own. Adding to the eclectic mix of things to beautify the home is a range of lovely jewellery and some rails of second-hand clothes. A shop it is hard to get out of without buying something you don’t really need.

35 North Cross Road SE22
Tel: +44 (0)20 8693 4400

Blue Mountain Café

A good place to enjoy a nice coffee and cake while you wait for the queue to thin out at Hope & Greenwood next door. There’s a lovely atmosphere, as everyone in the neighbourhood seems to eventually drop by. And we love the broken china terrace.

18 North Cross Road SE22
Tel: +44 (0)20 8299 6953
www.bluemo.co.uk

Liquorish

This style bar serves unusual beers from around the world, has a varied cocktail and interesting wine list, as well as serving a full organic menu, with notable pizzas. A DJ plays hip-hop, house and world on Fridays and Saturdays, while Sunday is for chilling and board games.

123 Lordship Lane SE22
Tel: +44 (0)20 8693 7744
www.liquorish.com

Palmerston

A good selection of wines by the glass, guest ales and a solid British-Med menu make this a popular gastropub. Bookings are essential for weekend nights and Sunday roasts. The seasonal menu changes regularly and the desserts are a treat, although prices are not cheap.

91 Lordship Lane SE22
Tel: +44 (0)20 8693 1629
www.thepalmerston.net

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