We are very excited to be opening the doors to our newest The Real Greek restaurant next week. We’ve been wanting to open in the area for a while and just had to wait for the perfect place to become available. While you may have heard the hype around Peckham, Camberwell and East Dulwich we’d like to shine a light on Dulwich Village.
When you hear the word village, you think of a place in the countryside, a glimpse of a quieter, more rural way of life. It turns out, however, that even the big city of London is home to many villages, pockets of calm in the otherwise bustling metropolis.
The closest you’ll get to a real village in South London, Dulwich Village is full of quaint charm, green space and local favourites. Perfect for a stroll, a bit of window shopping topped off with coffee and a cake.
The first recorded evidence of Dulwich (which has also been known as Dilwihs, Dylways, Dullag) was in the 967 where it was recorded as a hamlet outside London. It’s meaning is thought to have come from the Old English words ‘dill’ – a white flower, and ‘wihs’ – a damp meadow, which combined gave the meaning ‘the meadow where dill grows’.
One thing that we decided to do from the get-go was to sponsor our new home team – Dulwich Hamlet FC. Now in their 108th year as members of the Isthmian League competition, the club with the famous pink and navy blue shirts can boast an illustrious past. Indeed, between the two world wars, they were among the giants of amateur football. The club are currently members of the Premier Division of the Isthmian League.
A new season of Dulwich Hamlet games kicked off this month and each match costs only £10 to attend, attracting a diverse crowd disillusioned with Premier League extortion and regulations. They crack open cans beside the pitch or buy pints of craft beer brewed in Peckham and eat bratwurst topped with sauerkraut from a pop-up stand.
Last season the team played a ground-breaking friendly against Stonewall FC, an LGBT rights charity, and regularly organise community activism such as supporting a food bank and a campaign to pay cinema workers the living wage. This is a team we can support and get behind.
Expect to see some exclusive Match Day deals in the coming months.
Need a bit more culture?
Dulwich Village is a fantastic place to spend a day. A charming area with lots of local pubs and cafés, it’s known for the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the oldest public art gallery in England. While the Dulwich gallery is home to extraordinary works of art, it’s also worth a visit for its architecture, as its original design allows for lots of natural light to illuminate the art. After exploring the gallery, navigate a rowboat on the boating lake, or have a meal in Rocca, one of Dulwich Village’s best restaurants.
Want to up your fitness level then have lunch with us?
Dulwich Park Run might be the perfect match. On 14 April 2012, Dulwich Park became home to Dulwich parkrun and since then, the event has grown from double figure attendances into one that now regularly attracts in excess of 200 participants. Being in London, the event is fairly easy to reach – North Dulwich and West Dulwich stations are both within a 15 minute walk of the park plus there are at least 5 different bus routes which stop outside one of the park entrances. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/dulwich/
Walking more your style?
Old Dulwich Village London Walks will give you an opportunity to get under the skin of this area of London, work up an appetite and join us pre or post wander with a whole lot of history up your sleeve: http://www.walks.com/our-walks/old-dulwich-village
Of course there’s also the opportunity to join us for our soft launch of The Real Greek and get 25% off all food from our main menu from Saturday September 2 until Thursday September 14th (you can book from Monday 4th Sept). You get to help us with our training and save while trying the tastiest Greek food you remember from your holidays.
Look forward to meeting you all soon in the village!