As part of my 33 Walks Challenge, I have explored London neighbourhoods I had never previously thought of, as well as rediscovered London neighbourhoods I have already frequented. Our Saturday morning began with an early start at Victoria station, venturing to a part of South London I had never been before. We hopped on a train for a 12-minute ride, heading south from Victoria Station to West Dulwich Station.
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Upon exiting the station it doesn’t seem like much, however, the street art portrait-covered walls at the end of the walkway are eye-catching. As you continue on towards Dulwich College you come to realise that there’s more to Dulwich than meets the eye, and it clearly has a lot of history.
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With its white picket fences and abundance of greenery, Dulwich has more in common with the Chilterns in rural england than inner-city Brixton 2.5 kilomtres away.(Nicola Perry)
At Dulwich College, we admired the grounds of this all-boys school that was founded in 1619. After several minutes of trying to get our bearings, we head towards the Georgian mansion, Belair House, a 1785 built grade II listed building, which was hosting a wedding that day. To our surprise, the kind ladies working there let us 33 walkers take a tour of the building. The decor was bright, with plenty of natural light complimenting the traditionally elegant colour schemes and furnishings. The portraits of Jack Nicholson, Robert Downey Jr, Simon Pegg, and Keith Richards give the place a warm sense of artistic appreciation and humour.
The next stage of the walk took us along College Road, to the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Not only is this the oldest public art gallery in England, designed by Regency Architect Sir John Soane no less, but it also houses one of the country’s finest collections of old continental masters. (Nicola Perry)
Around the corner from The Picture Gallery is Christ’s Chapel which part of its building dates back to the 1600’s. We admired the lovely shops of main street Dulwich Village as we headed towards Dulwich Village Park.
We finished our walk at the Horniman Museum and Gardens and explored a bit of their 16 acre gardens. We didn’t have the chance to check out the museum but are looking forward to heading back to Forest Hill another time.