The planned Bakerloo line extension through south-east London is shining a light on Camberwell. Until now, this Tube-starved district — barely four miles from Trafalgar Square — has been under the radar. It is a Georgian conservation area, a legacy of Camberwell’s brief spell as a health resort, stemming from the reputed healing qualities of mineral springs.
Crowded and mixed, you get more for your money here than in many other Zone 2 districts. The “green” is more of a traffic island, surrounded by humdrum shops, but there are plans to upgrade the space and this has triggered an outbreak of new homes overlooking what will become a new town centre public space.
One of the new schemes is Camberwell on the Green — 92 apartments with big windows and balconies above a row of new shops at street level. Prices from £446,000. Call 020 7368 4830.