Guide to living in
Situated in Southwark and bordering Lambeth, Camberwell is considered one of the South East’s most underrated areas due to its cultural edge and quality architecture. Home to Camberwell School of Arts and King’s College Hospital, Camberwell is full of doctors, artists and students.
The area is regarded as a bohemian hotspot, and in Camberwell you can find the South London Gallery, where exhibitions are free and art is there to be consumed (not literally!). Additionally, taking place every June since 1994, Camberwell Arts Festival has a host of exhibitions, events, open studios, walks, talks and workshops.
“Known for some of the best Georgian streets in London, Camberwell has an eclectic range of property to suit the wide variety of residents in the area”
As expected, there is also a collection of independent shops the most famous of these being Sophocles, a Greek bakery with a sterling reputation. The area isn’t famed for its retail prowess; however there is more than enough here to get by including a large yellow supermarket on Butterfly Walk.
Camberwell Green is the hub of the area, busy all year round. A larger green space with a flourishing reputation is Ruskin Park, an Edwardian common area complete with bandstand, tennis courts and children’s paddling pool.
Known for some of the best Georgian streets in London, Camberwell has an eclectic range of property to suit the wide variety of residents in the area. Large-scale well presented Victorian houses are good value alternatives as well as flat conversions for students.
The Tiger provides some classy cocktails and this locally run pub plays host to a varied but permanently cool crowd and offers some great pub food. We also recommend Van Hing, a canteen style Vitenamese restaurant. The food is cheap but of a high standard – so it’s a win-win situation.
The Camberwell Baths, now known as Camberwell Leisure Centre has undergone extensive renovation in the last few years and now has a state of the art 25m swimming pool as well as a gym and café.
Although there has not been a designated Camberwell station since the early 1900’s, the area is well served by Loughborough Junction and Denmark Hill for National Rail services. Whilst for those more adventurous, Denmark Hill is also part of the London Overground with services to the West End and the East End.