Places to visit in south London

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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 pageSouth 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
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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.