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Denmark Hill: the hidden gem of South London

Denmark Hill

Denmark Hill took its name from Queen Anne’s husband Prince George of Denmark, who hunted there in the late 17th century. Fast-forward over 300 years and this desirable south London suburb is now better known for its diverse housing stock, views of the London skyline and one of the UK's biggest A&E departments – great news for anyone who’s accident-prone.

Transport

  • Bus: Denmark Hill’s proximity to Camberwell Green – a busy intersection where numerous bus routes converge – means there’s a constant stream of red double-decker’s ready to whisk you in an out of central London.  

  • London Overground: as well as offing a convenient service to Clapham Junction, the London Overground network connects Denmark Hill with east London, terminating at Dalston Junction.

  • National Rail: five to six trains rumble in and out of Denmark Hill station an hour, taking passengers to London Victoria and London Blackfriars in just 10 minutes.

Accommodation

Late Georgians and Victorians flocked to Denmark Hill to escape the Big Smoke. Today, the elegant homes they constructed on tree-lined streets – most of which boast large gardens – are mixed with a great range of more affordable properties – from contemporary apartments to post-war estates.

The average property price in Denmark Hill is £683,283.

The average rental price in Denmark Hill is £870 per week.

Schools

There’s a good selection of nursery, primary and secondary schools in the Denmark Hill area. According to Ofsted, the "highly effective" Dog Kennel Hill primary and Sacred Heart RC secondary are the pick of a typically good bunch.

Things to do

A short stroll to neighbouring Camberwell unearths a thriving arts scene – centred on the art college, galleries and annual festival – comfortable cafes, inviting watering holes and shops for those everyday essentials. The contrasting appeal of East Dulwich and Peckham are also on the doorstep – the latter perfectly demonstrating the vibrancy of modern urban life in the capital.

London’s love of green space is reflected in Denmark Hill’s pockets of verdant calm, such as Ruskin Park – named after the leading English art critic of the Victorian era who called the area home.

 

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