I’m listing my favourite ten things to do in Nunhead, London SE15. Nunhead is in the London Borough of Southwark, surrounded by Peckham, Telegraph Hill and Honor Oak. It has a village vibe with a quaint green bordered by shops, eateries, pubs and a community centre. Greengrocers, bakers, butchers and fishmongers cater for all your essentials. You also have the bonus of the Good Cup Coffee Shop, Four Hundred Rabbits Pizzeria, El Vermut Wine Bar, Alkemi Lifestyle Store, Pop Box Art Shop and Nunhead Gardener. Walk around the expansive cemetery or Peckham Rye Park and Common for relaxation or exercise. If you’re looking for village-style neighbourhoods in London or things to do in SE15, you’ll enjoy spending time in Nunhead.
10 Things To Do In Nunhead List
1. Relax at Nunhead Green and let the kids play
2. Stroll around the 52-acre Nunhead Cemetery
3. Stop off at Good Cup for coffee and brunch
4. Treat yourself to something delicious at Ayres, The Bakers
5. Feast on pizza at Four Hundred Rabbits for dinner
6. Socialise at The Old Nuns Head Pub
7. Raise a glass of Spanish Vermouth at El Vermut Wine Bar
8. Beautify your home and garden with plants from the Nunhead Gardener
9. Buy something adorable from Alkemi or Pop Box Art
10. Shop locally to help independent businesses thrive
My Favourite Ten Things To Do In Nunhead
1. Relax at Nunhead Green and let the kids play. This narrow triangular patch of land has a small playground and a few benches. It’s at the epicentre of Nunhead, so it is perfect for people-watching. You’ll find shops, eateries, pubs and a community centre surrounding the Green.
2. Stroll around the 52-acre Nunhead Cemetery. It’s one of the Magnificent Seven Victorian Cemeteries consecrated in 1840 and is now a nature reserve (also known as All Saints Cemetery). Much of the cemetery is overgrown, so it has an eerie feeling. The locals enjoy jogging and walking their dogs along the paths. Look out for the Anglican Chapel designed by Thomas Little, Gate Lodge, Scottish Martyrs Memorial and notable graves. Thanks to its hillside location, you get great views across London, including St Paul’s Cathedral. The address is Linden Grove, London SE15 3LP.
3. Stop off at Good Cup for coffee and brunch. They serve Allpress Coffee, Blackbird Bakery Pastries and filled Brick Lane Bagels. I tucked into a delicious Avocado on Toast, elevated with Pea Shoots and Pickles. The address is 44 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QF.
4. Treat yourself to something delicious at Ayres, The Bakers. They have been the Master Bakers of Nunhead since 1955. I couldn’t resist a Jam Doughnut, which I ate on Nunhead Green as I basked in the afternoon sun. The address is 133 Evelina Road, London SE15 3HB.
5. Feast on pizza at Four Hundred Rabbits for dinner. Pizza lovers will appreciate the sourdough bases with exciting toppings like Rhubarb! Dine in or get it delivered to your door. The address is 143 Evelina Road, London SE15 3HB.
6. Socialise at The Old Nuns Head Pub. Although there are other boozers in the vicinity, this one is intertwined with local history. Legend has it that a nun was beheaded, and the head displayed on a pikestaff on the green during the monasteries’ dissolution. Gruesome stuff! Thankfully the area is more civilised today, and the pub serves drinks and food with entertainment. The address is 15 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QQ. Other pubs surrounding Nunhead Green are The Man of Kent and The Pyrotechnics Arms.
7. Raise a glass of Spanish Vermouth at El Vermut Wine Bar. They offer a range of Cocktails, Vermouth, Beer and Wine, Charcuterie and Cheese Boards, and acoustic music performances. The address is 28 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QF.
8. Beautify your home and garden with plants from the Nunhead Gardener. It’s a lovely place to browse for plants, garden accessories and gifts. It’s opposite Nunhead Station, and the address is 1A Oakdale Road, London SE15 3BW.
9. Buy something adorable from Alkemi or Pop Box Art. Alkemi is a lovely shop full of homewares and gifts with some clothing. It’s a great place to purchase presents for friends or something stylish for your home. The address is 62 Nunhead Lane, London SE1 3QE. Pop Box Art sells items to play, make, create, and host workshops for kids. The address is 124 Evelina Road, London SE15 3HL.
10. Shop locally to help independent businesses thrive. Purchase fruit and veg from Beaumont Greengrocers, meat from H.A. Smith and Son Butchers, fish and seafood from Sopers Fishmongers and your bread and cakes from Ayres, the Master Bakers. Those wanting to go plastic-free can purchase food and household essentials from BYO. Pick up natural wines and deli delights from Mother Superior. Supermarkets include the Coop and Costcutter.
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Helpful Information About Nunhead London SE15
I recommend you read the Wikipedia Nunhead Page to learn more about the area’s history. Explore the area by travelling to Nunhead Railway Station or taking the 78 bus. The Railway Station is opposite Nunhead Gardener and close to Nunhead Cemetery. Check out Nunhead Green, Nunhead Lane and Evelina Road. If you have more time, walk along Consort Road to see the quaint Girdlers’ Almshouses built thanks to bequests by Post Master Cuthbert Beeston and Past Master George Palyn. Opposite is a large mural. Make time to walk around Peckham Rye Park and Common. I hope you enjoy your visit to Nunhead.
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Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Please check that the places I referenced in this article are still in business before you visit to avoid disappointment.