Local Amenities


¡SÍAA-KARÁAA! London's first Cuban Carnival Comparsa founded 2002 performing in Burgess Park
Photo © Guillermo Davis ¡SÍAA-KARÁAA! Comparsa

Burgess Park is the nearest park, with an entrance opposite Tesco. It has a lake and is the venue for some good multicultural music events in the summer (e.g. search for ‘Carnival Del Pueblo’).

About half-way down the park on the Albany Road side are some little-known but interesting old cottages and gardens with a cafe and a pretty garden that is open to the public. They are called Chumleigh Gardens (pronounced ‘chum-lee’). A very nice spot on a sunny day. The council’s Chumleigh Gardens website doesn’t do it justice.

Local shops

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Local restaurants and pubs

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Public libraries in the UK are run by local councils. The local branch library is on the corner of East street and Old Kent Road. Use it and save money! East St Library has a collection of Spanish as well as English books and DVDs.

At the library you can read books and newspapers AND use a computer for an hour, including the internet, for FREE without being a member. To borrow books, DVDs, videos and games you have to be a member. There’s no charge for membership. Explore the libraries site. For membership details, see here.

Galleries and Museums

Art: Tate most local well known –
London is one of the great cities of the world for galleries and museums and this site isn’t going to list them all! Go here for a fairly comprehensive list of galleries and museums.

However, I do want to point out some of the ones that you may overlook, which would be a pity.

Cumming Museum http://www.southwark.gov.uk/DiscoverSouthwark/

Courtaulds, Somerset House
Dulwich Picture Gallery (train from E&C??)
Imperial War Museum
Fashion Museum



Doctors and dentists

Where they are and how to get one