Nunhead has been named one of the best places to live in London by the annual Sunday Times guide.
The south-easterly pocket of Southwark made the rankings alongside Teddington; Muswell Hill; Primrose Hill; Walthamstow and Winchmore Hill due to its independent shops and community spirit.
The guide describes it as ‘South London’s premier village’, sandwich between ‘trendy Peckham’ and ‘affluent East Dulwich.
“It has a green surrounded by independent shops, locals who are justly proud of their neighbourhood – check the Nunhead rocks! Facebook group if you’re in any doubt – and a welcoming pub culture (when restrictions allow),” the judges said.
They listed the areas top pubs as The Pyrotechnists Arms, Old Nun’s Head and the Ivy House and local attractions as Nunhead Cemetery and, er, Peckham Lido. They may have to rethink that one as it’s been out of use since 1987 and a campaign to save and reopen the venue is still pre-planning permission.
Average sale price in Nunhead is now over half a million – at £550,000, with private rent setting you back £1,500 per month.
Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times property editor said: “This guide has never been so important.
“The pandemic has taught us just how much we rely on our homes, our communities and our surroundings.
“With working from home now common, it’s no surprise that many of us are reassessing our priorities and thinking hard about where we really want to live.
“Our focus for this year has been community, countryside and convenience. It hasn’t been a year for big cities or small villages.
“Instead it is small towns that have shone: big enough to have everything you need within walking distance and small enough for everyone to feel connected.
“In London, the commerce and culture that brings life to the capital have been off the agenda this year.
“So instead of buzzy city-centre locations, our choices are all about working from home in leafy suburbs with immaculate parks, friendly local shops and close-knit communities – proving that you don’t flee the city completely to enjoy some of the benefits of village life.”
View the full guide: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/best-places-to-live