A good high streets is often representative of its surrounding area. In the metropolis that is London, we see high streets everywhere. Some distinct, some not so distinct. When a high street is good though, it can easily be enough to encourage people to live in that area, or for locals to frequent it far more than they would normally to socialise or shop around. Here's a list of 7 of our favourite high streets in South London that we think are worth mentioning for their combination of: long history, architecture, community buzz, cultural standing, and...of course...their amazing independent businesses!
We continue our series on the blue plaques of South London by talking about those commemorated in Dulwich, East Dulwich & Herne Hill. Though Dulwich and East Dulwich are firmly in the borough of Southwark, Herne Hill is in Lambeth or Southwark - depending on who you ask. Being in Southwark means that Dulwich and East Dulwich have a number of London Borough of Southwark plaques, as voted for the residents of Southwark, but there are good number of official plaques on this list. Some might find it slightly curious that East Dulwich has so many more plaques than its traditionally more fashionable neighbour Dulwich, however when you consider that a lot of the timelessly quaint Lordship Lane goes through East Dulwich, it's possibly not that surprising. That said, there are some rather interesting characters on this list of the blue plaques of Dulwich, East Dulwich & Herne Hiil, and they show off the varied range of individuals that have lived in the vicinity.