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AREA GUIDE: WHY LIVE ON LORDSHIP LANE

Oliver Burgess of Winkworth, Dulwich, highlights his Lordship Lane hotspots and examines the property market in and around East Dulwich

Best Known For
Lordship Lane is best known for its independent shops, cafes and restaurants, which come together to create a great atmosphere. The popularity of this well established part of East Dulwich has contributed to the growth of surrounding areas like Peckham Rye, Nunhead and Camberwell. These areas are now hugely in demand too, due to the wonderful places to eat, excellent transport links, renowned schools and open spaces like Dulwich and Peckham Rye parks. The nearby Dulwich Picture Gallery, and the fact that Charles Dickens used to drink in The Greyhound pub in Dulwich Village (a forerunner to The Crown & Greyhound), means the area can claim a strong literary and artistic heritage too.

Gourmet Recommendations
Lordship Lane has long been a fantastic place to eat out with stalwarts such as The Palmerston and Franklins consistently delivering the goods. ToastED, a relatively new arrival, has really impressed with its excellent food and great coffee, although our favourite place is Mon P’tit Chou for a cuppa. If you plan to cook for yourself, then Moxons has the best fish around and the never-ending queue outside William Rose Butchers tells its own story. We haven’t tried it ourselves yet, but the fresh pasta from the new pastificio, Burro e Salvia, has been getting great reviews.

The Property Market
As spring arrives, the market for both sales and lettings is starting to change. Last year was tough for both buyers and sellers due to uncertainty over prices and interest rates, but the necessary calm that the market needs has arrived. The market for flats is looking healthy and buyers for family houses want to move in well before the school registration period. The imminent election doesn’t appear to be significantly affecting the market as, let’s face it, life won’t change much no matter who wins. We all need a place to live and the usual drivers for a move stay unchanged. The rental market is also very strong. East Dulwich is a fantastic place to live and rising costs, teamed with high deposits, mean there are plenty of professional tenants looking to rent. If you’re looking to move but are not sure about selling up, then renting out your property is certainly an option.

The Future
The future is bright. Lordship Lane gets its very own cinema – the East Dulwich Picturehouse – in April, and new independent shops are appearing to keep the Lane alive and bustling. Plus, summer is just round the corner. What more could we ask for?

Winkworth Dulwich, 97 Lordship Lane SE22 8HU; 020 8299 2722; winkworth.co.uk

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