Borough of Southwark
Camberwell is an area in South London, in the Borough of Southwark. It is bordered by Peckham, Kennington, East Dulwich, Herne Hill, and Brixton. Camberwell is a popular area. Ruskin Park has a recently restored Victorian bandstand and has been awarded a Green Flag Award, while Myatt’s Fields Park has recently completed a £2.6 million renovation funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Did you know?
- There are a few theories about where the name Camberwell comes from. It may come from the Old English words Cumberwell or Comberwell, which translates to ‘Well of Britons’. This may refer to the few Celtic inhabitants in an area largely populated by Anglo-Saxons. Another theory is that the name may refer to ‘Cripple Well’, as many sickly people were sent to Camberwell from the City of London for treatment by the church and the ‘healing’ waters from the wells and springs around Denmark Hill and Grove Park.
- John Ruskin, Victorian art critic, and watercolour artist lived at 163 Denmark Hill from 1847. However, after the newly built railways spoiled his views, he moved out in 1872. Ruskin helped design a stained glass window in St Giles Church, as well as Ruskin Park being named after him.
- There is a butterfly named after Camberwell, The Camberwell Beauty, which is very rare in the UK. It was named after Camberwell and the first two examples of it were found there. There is a beautiful mosaic of the butterfly on the Lynn Boxing Club on Wells Way.
Look out for
Camberwell Baths – Locals fought hard to save the Camberwell Baths which is housed in a fine Victorian building dating from 1892
Blue Elephant Theatre – A small theatre with a range of performances including dance, performing arts, theatre and storytelling
Lucas Gardens – A small but lovely paved and landscaped garden
South London Gallery – After Tate Modern, the South London Art Gallery on Peckham Road is South London’s leading contemporary art gallery
Camberwell College of Arts – Part of the University of the Arts, it is one of the best art and design institutions in the UK
Camberwell Arts Festival – This long-running festival celebrated 20 years in 2017
Burgess Park – This large park in Camberwell used to be housing but was converted into a park in the Abercrombie Plan to bring more open spaces to London
Butterfly Walk Shopping Centre has a Morrisons, Superdrug, and Holland & Barrett among other stores. Other independent shops in Camberwell include Rat Records, Pesh Flower Shop, Mens Traditional Shoes, Jim Dandy Vintage, Sophocles (a Greek bakery), while Cowling and Wilcox claim to be the biggest art shop south of the river.
Theo's Pizza – Stone baked Neapolitan style pizzeria
Silk Road – Northern Chinese restaurant with simple communal tables
Pasha Kyrgyz Kazakh House – Central Asian restaurant with live music and dancing on a Friday and Saturday night
Viet Cafe – Restaurant serving traditional Vietnamese food such as Banh Mi and summer rolls
FM Mangal – Turkish cafe with a great local reputation
The Camberwell Arms – A independent pub great for a drink and an award-winning Sunday lunch
The Crooked Well – A modern pub with a good selection of beer and dining options
The Bear – Currently closed for refurbishment but due to open later in 2018
Stormbird – Great for craft ales and getting taster ⅓ pints
The Sun of Camberwell – A pub with a warming open fire and quirky beer garden
Good Neighbour – A new restaurant and wine bar in Camberwell
Properties in Camberwell are a mixture of relatively well preserved Georgian and 20th-century housing, including a number of ex-locals and new developments. Sought after areas include Camberwell Grove, Grove Lane, and Addington Square which have some of London's most elegant and well-preserved Georgian houses.
Denmark Hill to London Victoria in 12 minutes
Denmark Hill to London Bridge in 14 minutes
Denmark Hill to St Pancras in 23 minutes
Loughborough Junction to St Pancras in 19 minutes
Camberwell is also very well served by buses with most routes going either via Kennington or Elephant and Castle which offers connections with the tube.