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Where is Camberwell in London?
Camberwell is in South London, in the Borough of Southwark, surrounded by Brixton and Peckham, two of the city's best areas for diverse culture and nightlife. Staying in Camberwell means enjoying a neighbourhood atmosphere in South London's heart. And with so many transport links connecting Central London, you won't need to compromise on convenience when you choose this creative area as your base.
To get to Camberwell, take a Northern line tube to Oval station and walk, or take an Overground, Southeastern or Thameslink train to Denmark Hill. Busses also run through Camberwell from around the city, with services from Charring Cross, Waterloo and beyond stopping regularly. It's around 30 minutes from Central London to Camberwell by bus, so this is one of the easiest ways to get here if you don't want to walk.
What is Camberwell famous for?
Historically, Camberwell was a village associated with the Church of St Giles, stretching back to 1086 when Ca'brewelle is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The area became popular with residents in the 18th century, with wealthy Londoners attracted to its fresh air and clean water.
Today, the London neighbourhood is home to a University of the Arts Campus, so it's no surprise the area is famous as an artistic hub. Its artsy residents mean Camberwell offers many unique things to do, including independent coffee shops, bars and restaurants you won't find anywhere else.
Things to do near Camberwell
1. Camberwell College of Arts
Camberwell College of Arts is open to members of the public who want to explore students' work. Head to this UAL building and see what tomorrow's artists are up to.
2. Blue Elephant Theatre
This independent theatre has just 50 seats and was established in 1999. The Blue Elephant produces an ever-changing programme of new works, spanning dance and physical theatre to new writing and updated classics. Check out what's on the eclectic programme when you visit and support a local institution.
3. South London Gallery
The South London Gallery was founded in 1891, an unmissable stop for contemporary art lovers. It's free to visit and hosts changing exhibitions, so you never know what will be shown when you go. Don't forget to stop by the South London Gallery Bookshop, where you can browse curated books, magazines and gifts for all ages.
4. Burgess Park
Burgess Park is a spacious public park in Camberwell, a must-stop on sunny days but ideal for a stroll at any time of year. This 56-hectare park is one of the largest in South London, home to a cricket pitch, tennis courts, fishing and a BMX track. Not to mention a café where you can stop to refuel, ready for more adventures.
The best restaurants, pubs and bars in Camberwell
You're in London, so the chances are you're looking for great places to eat and drink. There are many excellent spots in Camberwell – here are just a few of our favourites:
- Crooked Well
- Theo's Pizza
- Silk Road
- FM Mangal
Pubs and bars
- Camberwell Arms
- The Sun of Camberwell
- The Tiger
- Hermit's Cave