Area Guide - Buying Properties in Dulwich


Dulwich comprises several distinct districts with different characters, notably Dulwich Village and East Dulwich.  Much of Dulwich has been owned and managed by the Dulwich Estate for over 400 years after being bought by Edward Alleyn.  This has meant that Dulwich Village has remained an almost rural haven in London with large open spaces, Georgian buildings and the iconic architecture of Dulwich College. East Dulwich has primarily Victorian streets with Lordship Lane known for its food, pubs, and restaurants.


Dulwich is first recorded in 967 when King Edgar granted the land to one of his earls.  It remained a small rural hamlet and was seized by King Henry VIII in 1538 and sold.  In 1605 it was bought by Edward Alleyn and that was the start of the charitable foundation and the Dulwich Estate which has owned and managed much of the area, resulting in a conservation approach which has retained the 'village' feel.  Notable buildings including Belair House, the Dulwich Picture Gallery and, of course, Dulwich College add to the unique appearance of Dulwich Village.  As with much of south London, the arrival of the railways heralded the expansion of Victorian suburban terraces in East Dulwich for commuters to the city.  This was primarily based on two country properties at Friern Manor Farm and the Bowyer-Smith estate linked at the current Lordship Lane.

Leisure & Amenities

Places to go and things to do:

  • Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • East Dulwich Picturehouse
  • Village Books

Active Life:

  • Dulwich Park
  • Dulwich Hamlet football club
  • Dulwich Paragon cycling club

Eating and drinking ideas:

  • Belair House restaurant
  • Crown & Greyhound pub
  • East Dulwich Tavern
  • The French House


  • East Dulwich and North Dulwich stations provide trains to London Bridge and West Dulwich station is on the line to Victoria and Blackfriars.
  • The South Circular Road runs through Dulwich as do numerous bus routes.


  • Dulwich is known for its independent schools at Dulwich College, James Allen's Girls' School, Alleyn's School.
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