London is a mecca for the photographic industry, and shoot spaces in South London are always popular. Let’s look at what makes the area special and delve into a few of our favourite Light Locations in the neighbourhoods of Dulwich, Tooting and New Cross.
South London usually refers to the areas south of the River Thames. The region includes boroughs such as Bexley, Greenwich, Kingston and Lewisham.
Historically, South London was less affluent, perhaps partly due to a lack of bridges connecting it to other parts of the Capital. Its development as a shipbuilding and docklands hub resulted in the growth of a working-class population, and a dense network of 19th-century railway lines significantly accelerated growth.
The South London of today is a cultural hotspot defined by increasing gentrification. You can see reminders of a Victorian past mingled with quirky 20th-century designs and stylish 21st-century renovations. And with a surprising number of parks and commons, South London offers green open spaces with glorious views over the city.
Dulwich is a gloriously green southeast London village known for magnificent parks, fabulous museums and prestigious schools.
Located near Peckham Rye Park & Common in Dulwich, Anders House is a beautifully renovated and modernised double-fronted Victorian House. Designed especially with shoots in mind and a host of enticing features, it’s been in demand since joining us in 2020. Packed with beautiful period features, incredible Crittal windows and a breathtaking open-plan kitchen and living space, it’s a stunning location.
Tooting is another flourishingly green space area in South London. Historically known as more shabby than chic, it is now a vibrant, multicultural and ultra-cool location. There are some incredible properties neighbouring Wandsworth Common and an array of fantastic architectural gems, including The Art Deco Granada Cinema.
Huron Road is a beautiful example of classy, contemporary design typical of this trendy area of London. Combining period features with 1970s interior inspiration, it integrates Victorian beauty with avant-garde chic.
New Cross is an area bursting with creativity, independent businesses and stylish hangouts. You’ll find numerous traditional pubs; many packed with students from the local Goldsmiths College.
In the late 19th century, the area became known as the New Cross Tangle due to its numerous railway lines. And with stations, tram depots, steam locomotion factories and coaching houses, it’s always been a hub for transport and homes for the workers who supported it. Today, it’s a case study in well-managed gentrification, aided by the beautiful backdrop of the views over Greenwich Park from Telegraph Hill.
Due to increasing transport links, the area grew rapidly during the Victorian era. And along the tree-lined streets of today, you’ll find reminders of its Victorian past, such as New Cross, a vast double-fronted house. Set over three floors, this elegant property offers six generous and largely empty shoot spaces. And with props available on request and the option to paint and decorate, it is arguably our most versatile London location.