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Camberwell in south London is a vibrant, largely residential area, roughly three and a half miles from the city’s centre. Tucked between entertainment hubs Peckham and Brixham, where you’ll find markets, nightlife spots and cool cafés waiting to be explored, Camberwell is a hidden gem. Stop for a drink and a bite to eat at one of the area’s many pubs, including The Camberwell Arms and The Crooked Well, relax with friends at Myatt’s Fields Park or Brunswick Park, or explore the pretty Lettsom Gardens.
Back in the Victorian era, Camberwell was one of London’s most fashionable areas. Huge townhouses were built on tree-lined avenues and filled up with London’s upper-middle class. However, Camberwell’s reputation suffered a dip in the mid-20th century, as new estates were constructed to house people displaced by the war. Now, though, Camberwell’s two worlds have learned to co-exist in an eclectic harmony. Lively chicken shops sit alongside genteel delicatessens and high street stores just steps from Camberwell Green, the area’s geographical centre and the heart of the community.
One of Camberwell’s most popular aspects is its art scene. It was once home to a Goldsmiths’ College campus, where many of the ‘90s YBA (Young British Artists) crowd studied, including Damien Hirst. Now, University of the Arts London’s design and fine art courses are taught at intimate Camberwell College - one of south London’s most vibrant studio spaces. Every summer, the annual Camberwell Arts Festival is held, but permanent galleries like the South London Gallery are also popular places to visit.
Here’s everything you need to know about living and working in Camberwell.
Camberwell has one overground stationDenmark Hill, next to Ruskin Park, is where you can catch overground services across London. You can travel north west, via Battersea, Fulham, Kensington, Kensal Green, Wembley and Harrow, all the way up to Watford. Services east take you through central areas like Whitechapel and Hackney to the outskirts of north London in Enfield.
There is one rail station in CamberwellYou can also catch National Rail services from Denmark Hill station, which has step-free access. Southeastern and Thameslink services stop here, so you can travel across London, Surrey and further south.
Camberwell has plenty of bus stopsDozens of buses operate across Camberwell, taking passengers everywhere from Tower Bridge and Elephant & Castle to Dulwich and Brixton, so it’s easy to get around London using public transport here.
Camberwell is well-connected by roadThe central Camberwell New Road/Peckham Road bisects Camberwell. Follow it west and you’ll be taken to Vauxhall and Kennington, or across Vauxhall Bridge to Pimlico and Westminster. If you’re travelling east, the road continues through Peckham, New Cross, Deptford and Greenwich. Denmark Hill Road also runs vertically through the heart of Camberwell.
Two airports are within an hour of CamberwellLondon City Airport is closest to Camberwell, at around a 45 minute drive or hour’s bus/train journey. If you’re jetting off on a long-haul flight, Gatwick Airport is an hour away by public transport, while Heathrow is also within an hour’s journey if you’re driving.
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There are more than 16 gyms and fitness facilities in the area, including:
Banks and Post Offices in CamberwellCamberwell is home to three post offices. One can be found on Wyndham Road, just off the arterial Camberwell New Road, while the second is located on Southampton Way. Camberwell’s largest post office, aptly named Camberwell Green Main Post Office, is at the northern end of Denmark Hill.
There are four banks in Camberwell:
You’ll find all four branches clustered around the Peckham Road/Denmark Hill crossroads.
Where can I find groceries in Camberwell?
Camberwell is home to plenty of small supermarkets, as well as local greengrocers, delis, and regular markets. There are:
You’ll also find high street and discount shops along Denmark Hill, Camberwell Road and Camberwell New Road. Familiar retailers such as Argos sit alongside family-friendly restaurants like Nando’s and McDonalds, so it’s a great place for lunchtime shopping and snacking. Nearby Peckham is worth a visit if you’re in the mood for serious retail therapy, as brands like Primark, Clarks and Sports Direct can be found less than 10 minutes’ drive or 30 minutes’ walk away.
Camberwell is home to one of the country’s leading mental health hospitals, the Maudsley. It was opened in 1915 with a grant from leading psychiatrist Dr Henry Maudsley and first treated WW1 soldiers suffering from ‘hysteria’ or mental distress.
Famous faces including children’s author Enid Blyton, father of communism Karl Marx and Syd Barrett, one of Pink Floyd’s founders, have lived in Camberwell.
A number of important people from the arts have also called Camberwell home, including painter John Ruskin and poet Robert Browning.
Camberwell has its own butterfly – the Camberwell Beauty. The colourful insect was first spotted in the area back in the 18th century.
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