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Tulse Hill London Guide

16 June 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

Tulse Hill is a lively London neighbourhood with a SW postcode that also happens to be a stone's throw away from loads of South London hotspots. As one of the smaller areas in the capital, it packs a mighty punch with local restaurants, a smattering of shops and easy access to popular open spaces like Brockwell Park.

There’s a range of period properties in Tulse Hill, from the Victorian Edwardian era, as well as the thirties. A well-connected train station is also on hand with services into central London taking around 20 minutes.

Tulse Hill is on the rise and has become a popular choice with young professionals and families who are looking for something slightly more affordable than nearby Clapham and Brixton. If you’re thinking of making a move to Tulse Hill, here’s everything you need to know about the SW2 postcode.

On a map

Google Map of Tulse Hill

Tulse Hill is located in south-west London, though it’s also covered by parts of the SE27 and SE21 postcode. It falls under the London Borough of Lambeth and sits south of Brixton, north of West Norwood, and west of Dulwich. Tulse Hill is just over five miles from Charing Cross.

History of Tulse Hill

Historic Tulse Hill picture

Tulse Hill was formerly part of the Manors of Bodley, Upgroves and Scarlettes, though their exact boundaries are unknown. The name of the area originates from the Tulse family, who came into ownership during the 1650s. It was so small that Tulse Hill Farm was the only building in the area.

Even as recently as 1832, Tulse Hill had very few buildings, especially when compared to neighbouring towns, West Norwood, Brixton and Dulwich. Significant development of the area didn’t start until 1868, which coincided with the construction of Tulse Hill railway station.

By 1843, there was a continuous line of houses as Tulse Hill became more residential and connected to the rest of the city. After World War II, the area received significant redevelopment as a result of heavy bombing during the war.

Who lives there?

According to the 2011 census, Tulse Hill has a population of 15,771, with 51% female and 49% males. Over the years, a growing number of young professionals have moved to the area as it becomes a popular hotspot with easy connections into the West End and The City of London. The media age is 32, and 70% of residents rent their homes.

Renting in Tulse Hill

Period properties in Tulse Hill

Homes in Tulse Hill are mostly from the Victorian and Edwardian era, with many converted into apartments and maisonettes. Tulse Hill and West Norwood share similar property types, and are so close to each other that sometimes it’s not easy to distinguish where one starts and the other ends.

This means rental prices are similar in both neighbourhoods, with a one-bedroom property achieving in the region of £1,250 per month. A two-bedroom apartment averages £1,500, and a three-bedroom property markets for around £1,800.

Tulse Hill Travel

Train arriving at Tulse Hill

Tulse Hill train station is the primary public transport hub in the area. It has direct trains to London Bridge, Croydon, Sutton, St Albans and Crystal Palace. Other nearby stations include West Norwood, which has direct trains to Charing Cross, and Herne Hill with its services to Victoria, Brixton and Bromley.

Tulse Hill Eateries

The Cure Vegan Eatery

Ingredients at The Cure

Vegans will delight at The Cure, which is located on Brixton Water Lane and serves up a range of treats. Cleanse with homemade juices or a smoothie, then indulge with an ice cream. If you fancy something savoury, there’s bread and cakes to choose from.

Pizza Brixton

Relax in contemporary, light and bright interiors while chowing down on a selection of mouth-watering pizzas at Pizza Brixton. The Southern Italian-style, wood-fired oven cooks up a treat with delicious options that taste like they’ve come straight from Naples.

Tulse Hill Hotel

Tulse Hill Hotel

The restaurant at the Tulse Hill Hotel is one of the finest in the area and serves an a la carte menu that features favourites like salmon fishcake, fish and chips and confit rolled pork belly. And that’s before you’ve even reached the chargrilled menu with its spicy jerk chicken burger.

Things to do in Tulse Hill

South London Botanical Institute

Explore a botanical garden and learn about plants with a variety of courses and workshops at the South London Botanical Institute. It’s often referred to as “the hidden gem of Tulse Hill”, and is one of the best-kept secrets in the neighbourhood.

Brockwell Park

Aerial view of Brockwell Park

Spread across 100-plus acres of open space, Brockwell Park is the ideal spot for a scenic stroll. Whether you're visiting during the warmer or colder months, there are ornamental ponds, flower beds, a 19th-century clock tower and more to enjoy. Or just grab a picnic and laze the day away.

West Norwood Picturehouse

The West Norwood Picturehouse is a short journey from Tulse Hill, and the place to be to catch the latest flick. It was shut for more than 100 years but has once again opened its doors. You can even hire the venue out, just in case you’d like to host your own private screening.

Moving to Tulse Hill

Tulse Hill is full of fun things to do, from visiting vast open spaces to enjoying an eclectic mix of restaurants. With charming period properties to call home and excellent travel links, the SW2 postcode has many feathers in its cap, and it’s easy to see why moving here is a popular choice for so many.

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