I receive lots of messages from people planning a London itinerary. I love recommending things to do and see. There’s always something to do in London at any time of the year but if you’ve visited before then it’s a great time to get off the beaten track and head to some of the places that Londoners enjoy. In a series of posts, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite days out in London. I’ve planned out a London itinerary for anyone who has already visited the major tourist attractions.
Day One – Exploring Dulwich Village
Dulwich is a gorgeous suburb in South East London. Centrally located but with the feeling of an English Village, it is definitely one to add to your list.
Getting there: Very easy via train from Victoria Station. Take the train to West Dulwich and then it’s a 7 to 10 minute walk into the center of Dulwich Village.
Where to eat: My favourite thing to do is to grab a salmon bagel or croissant and a coffee from Gail’s Bakery and then wander down the road to Dulwich Park. This gorgeous park has duck ponds, rowing (in Summer) and lovely bridges. If it’s too cold I usually eat at the cafe and then head to Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Things to see: Dulwich Picture Gallery (directly opposite Dulwich Park) is home to artworks by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, and Poussin to name a few. The gallery hosts regular exhibitions so check their website to see what’s on. They also have a lovely cafe serving food throughout the day.
Shopping: If you’re heading back to the station after the gallery then be sure to stop in at Village Books (1D Calton Ave, Dulwich, London SE21 7DE). I always find books in there that I didn’t even know existed!
At this point you could hop on the train back to Victoria however if you’re visiting on a Sunday I’d recommend a trip to Herne Hill a quick bus ride away. The number 3 bus from West Dulwich stops right near Herne Hill Station.
Exploring Herne Hill
Herne Hill is a bustling borough with a real community vibe. During the week the area is quiet but on Sunday it really comes alive with a gorgeous market held right near Herne Hill station.
Shopping: If you have little ones to buy for I’d recommend the beautiful and award winning children’s bookstore called Tales on Moon Lane. It’s really lovely. Alternatively, head straight to the markets!
Markets: The nearby neighbourhood of Herne Hill is a bustling borough with a real community vibe. During the week the area is quiet but on Sunday it really comes alive with a gorgeous market held right near Herne Hill station. Check their Facebook page for the latest info.
Where to eat: You can’t leave Herne Hill without a stop at Llewelyn’s for Welsh cakes and coffee. This fantastic cafe is right near the station. It gets busy on Sunday’s but they offer takeaway.
From Herne Hill station you can take the train back to Victoria.