The Guide

Places to visit in south London

Attractions in The Guide and recom­mended gazetteer pages

map showing South London, as defined by Hidden London for the purpose of this page

South London has a handful of excep­tional museums and galleries, several photogenic localities beside the Thames, the world’s most amazing bingo hall (in Tooting), London’s Korea Town and the downland landscape known as Darwin’s Laboratory.

The picture links are for pages in The Guide – focussing in depth on individual attractions; the text links will take you to gazetteer pages – each telling the story of a whole locality.

Barnes
A classy settlement with a riverfront and a village green and pond.

Carshalton Beeches
Little Holland House is grade II* listed for its Arts and Crafts interior.

Cheam
Visit the other Whitehall – outer London’s finest remaining example of a medieval hall house.

Chessington
Home to Greater London’s only full-​​​​scale theme park.

Chislehurst
Take a guided tour through Chislehurst Caves.

Clapham Common
Probably South London’s liveliest open space.

Downe
This rustic village has been nominated as a world heritage site for its Darwinian connection.

Dulwich Picture Gallery - no ordinary school art room

High Elms
A collection of rural amenities set in almost a thousand acres of parkland, farmland, a public golf course and woods, where some of the trees were planted on Darwin’s advice.

Hawley’s Corner
The south­ernmost distinct settlement in Greater London, with possibly the cutest little structure in the entire metro­politan area.

Horniman Museum - anthro­pology, music and more

Morden
A sea of 1930s suburbia graced by two islands of parkland, each with a mansion.

Mortlake
A historic riverside village.

New Malden
London’s unlikely Korea Town.

Nunhead Cemetery - half wild, half tamed

Petts Wood
Take a walk in the woods and find a summertime sundial.

Richmond Park
London’s greatest royal park.

Selsdon
Extensive, highly elevated woodland and a famous hotel.

Shad Thames
Lined with picturesque warehouses, this pedestrian street has shops, eateries and (until 2014) the Design Museum.

Sundridge Park
This Bromley suburb has a remarkable arts centre and a stuccoed stately home designed by John Nash.

Tooting Broadway
The Gala bingo club is more impressive than some cathedrals.

Wimbledon Windmill Museum - Get to grips with grain

Four from the Nuggets section

Tooting Bec Lido – the coolest (as well as the coldest) place to swim in south London.
Greyhound Hotel – Carshalton’s most historic hostelry.
St Martin of Tours – a fine Norman church in rural Bromley.
Putney Arts Theatre – one of the liveliest amateur theatres south of the river.
 

Places to visit in east and south-​​east London
Places to visit in west London
Places to visit in north London

This page will be updated with new additions to The Guide as soon as they’re published, so if you’re a south London regular you might like to bookmark it and return from time to time.

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