A Laid-Back Ride Through South London

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A Laid-Back Ride Through South London

7.29miles Borough Market to Dulwich Village

Hollie Richardson

Fairly new to London and cycling, I like to think I’m Jane Birkin on my peacock blue, Dutch bicycle: Millie.

Give yourself a full Saturday for this leisurely ride, which takes you through South London’s local markets, boutique-lined streets and leafy parks. Bring along a rucksack to stow away the bits and bobs that you’re going to pick up along the way. You’ll also need a large appetite for the tasty treats en route. There are some subtle climbs along the way but it’s nothing you can’t handle – just be sure to treat yourself to an ice-cold beer at the end. Enjoy!

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1. Borough Market
8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

First things first: fuel up with some of the finest cured meats, cheeses and colourful fruits in London. Pick up some picnic treats for later too! The ebullient atmosphere will get you revved up for the day ahead. Bridget Jones fans can also spot the heroine’s flat above the Globe pub.

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2. Bermondsey Street
212, Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ

Pick up a Boris bike on the walk from Borough, but don’t mount just yet. Stroll along Bermondsey Street, calling in at Bermondsey Fayre (crafts, gifts), Tin Lid (cute kids’ and adult clothing) and Holly&Lil (fancy things for pets). Get your coffee fix at super cool Fuckoffee or buy flowers from the street seller.

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3. Maltby Market
Ropewalk, London SE1 3PA

Small in size but big on street food flavours (and varieties of gin!), Maltby Market hides away under the rail arches in Bermondsey. Work your way around the antique and home goods shops for a nosey, then pay a visit to local supplier, Little Bird Gin.

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4. Bellenden Road, Peckham
Review Bookshop, 131 Bellenden Rd, London SE15 4QY

Avoid the craziness of Rye Lane by taking a quieter detour down Bellenden Road. The pinnacle of Peckham’s gentrification, there are lots of quaint, independent businesses to appreciate. Review Bookshop might make you feel like you’re in a Notting Hill scene, except you’re in SE15. And there’s definitely no Hugh Grant around.

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5. Lordship Lane, East Dulwich
Picturehouse, 116a Lordship Ln, East Dulwich, London SE22 8HD

Dulwich is dreamy, and this thriving street is the place to go for brunch, shopping and catching a film at the Picture House. Keep your eye out for adorable dachshunds – the locals’ dog of choice – at the Saturday market. I want to decorate my flat with everything in Mrs Robinson boutique.

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6. Dulwich Park
College Rd, London SE21 7BQ

Probably my favourite green space in South London, Dulwich Park is perfect for picnics and people watching. If it’s nice and sunny (an optimistic Brit can dream), spend some time sprawled out on the grass. Even on a chilly autumn day, you can’t help but appreciate the calming vibes around the lake.

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7. Dulwich Village
Dulwich Outdoor Gallery Indoors, Post Office, 84 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7AJ

Time for a well-deserved drink and some proper grub: Café Rouge or Pizza Express should do the trick. Call in at Dulwich Outdoor Gallery Indoors to find out more about the local street art project. Then make your way back by making a loop on Court Lane.