Enjoy a walk around Denmark Hill, exploring the nearby parks, cafes and art exhibitions that south London has to offer.
This will last approximately 19 minutes.
00:00 Camberwell Church
Starting outside King’s College Hospital, walk down Denmark Hill in the direction of Camberwell and turn right onto Camberwell Church Street. Within a few minutes’ you’ll reach Camberwell Church (originally -St Giles, Camberwell). There has been a church here since the 11th century. The current church was built in 1844 and designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. The original transept windows were designed by William Morris though were sadly destroyed in World War II. The East window was designed by the influential Victorian art critic John Ruskin (who, incidentally, taught art at the Working Men’s College, founded by former King’s professor Frederick Denson Maurice). The Crypt at St Giles, part of the original Anglo Saxon church, now hosts a renewed jazz club.
00:07 South London Gallery
Continue down Camberwell Church Street as it turns into Peckham Road. On the left, you will come across the South London Gallery. This contemporary art gallery offers a rolling programme of free exhibitions, regular talks, live performance art and film screenings. The adjoining shop sells books, printers and other gifts relating to the exhibition and artists featured in the gallery.
00:09 Lucas Gardens
Cross the road and start walking back in the direction you’ve just come from. You’ll shortly reach Lucas Gardens. Walk South through the park and exit through the Western gate by the children’s play area onto Vestry Road. Continue to the end of the road and turn right into McNeil Road. At the end of McNeil Road, cut through the footpath into Windsor Walk and continue to the end.
00:13 Salvation Army Museum
As you reach Champion Park you’ll be facing the William Booth College, home of the Salvation Army Museum and Heritage Centre. Free to enter, this museum examines the history of the movement, its commitment to the socially disadvantaged and its role in helping people in times of conflict and disaster.
00:14 Ruskin Park
Next continue down Champion Park in the direction of Denmark Hill, arriving at Ruskin Park. This park is full of sports facilities including a basketball court, tennis courts, rugby, football, cricket and all weather pitches.
00:19 Long Gallery
Exit Ruskin Park the way you entered and walk down Denmark Hill, back to the front of King’s College Hospital. The Maudsley Hospital’s Long Gallery, which often exhibits art created as therapy, is a free museum nearby should you wish to stay longer.