Consecrated in 1840, Nunhead is one of the seven great Victorian cemeteries established in a ring around London. This brilliantly dense wilderness of 52 acres is a special place to lose yourself for a few hours at any time of year (great blackberry picking btw). You can pick a different route time after time – through the big avenues or bramble thick trails through the foliage. We used to spend a lot of time here when we were at Camberwell Art College nearby. It was a backdrop for many a photoshoot….but it is somewhere you want to stop, slow down, ponder and absorb some of the sad stories of permature or heroic endings.
The cemetery is open daily from 08.30 am to 4:00 pm throughout the winter months and stays open slightly later in spring and summer.
When you’re done you can amble down to the wide open space of Peckham Rye and then on to the Palmerston on Lordship Lane or Ganapati a great little neighbourhood Keralan restaurant buried in the posh bit of Peckham.
Nunhead Cemetery, main gate on Linden Grove SE15