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South London’s Dulwich, home of the yummy mummy, is an idyllic spot worlds away from the metropolitan madness of its surrounding districts. It’s a green and pleasant village known for aspirational affluence, with East Dulwich filled with a younger, more bohemian crowd, North Dulwich bordering on Camberwell for a more cosmopolitan urban vibe, and Dulwich Village in the centre offering a largely unchanged character from its 18th century heyday.

Dulwich Village is lovely: it remains the place in London you’re least likely to see a Starbucks, as the 18th century manor houses and olde worlde shops are part of a conservation zone to protect this oasis of charming Englishness. Its sleepy pleasures have always been a favourite of literary types: Enid Blyton was born here, John Ruskin lived and founded a school here, and Charles Dickens was known for knocking back pints in The Greyhound pub. Now demolished, Dulwich Village’s current boozer of choice, the Crown & Greyhound (73 Dulwich Village, 020 8299 4976, www.thecrownandgreyhound.co.uk) stands opposite the site and is known universally as “The Dog”.

Dulwich Park is a favourite, with clunk of crown green bowls soundtracking peaceful duck and rowing ponds and bridleways – a far cry from its use as a popular duelling ground during the 19th century days when debts of aristocratic honour were settled by pistol and sabre at dawn.

If the country pleasures of the village wane, head to Lordship Lane on East Dulwich, a neighbourhood of twenty-somethings with nearly a gastropub per head, lots of lively organic markets and Dulwich Hamlet FC, an amateur football team who’ve been proudly slogging it away in the lower leagues since 1893.

There’s overground train stations at all these points, North Dulwich being closest to the village, and curiously hardly any transport links between east and west since they’re on different train lines – either way, you’re a twenty minute journey from the centre of town.

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Dulwich: Tube (underground)

StationZoneLine(s)Distance
Brixton Station2Victoria2.48 miles
Clapham North Station2Northern3.48 miles
Stockwell Station2Northern - Victoria3.50 miles
Oval Station2Northern3.89 miles
Clapham Common Station2Northern3.89 miles

Dulwich: Rail (overground)

StationDistance
North Dulwich Station0.41 miles
East Dulwich Station1.19 miles
West Dulwich Station1.22 miles
Herne Hill Station1.23 miles
Tulse Hill Station1.90 miles
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