There are some great hidden gems scattered around South East London. Easily accessible from the biggest stations in Central London the South East offers some wonderful historic sights that are away from the traditional touristy areas. I recently posted about the Horniman Museum and Gardens which is a great family day out in South East London (and easily accessible by bus or train from London Bridge). Another historic site is Nunhead Cemetery. If you're interested in the Victorian era and gothic architecture then this place should definitely be on your must-visit list.
Nunhead Cemetery dates back to 1840 and includes a magnificent gothic style chapel. I wasn't really sure what to expect but I was really blown away by the beauty. It's sad that the cemetery was left to ruin for many decades however, there is something really beautiful about nature reclaiming man made structures. I wasn't expecting the chapel to be so imposing. Entering the gates to the cemetery and looking up the hill you'll see the gorgeous gothic architecture perfectly framed by a row of trees. Depending on the time of year you visit the trees will be beautifully green or hauntingly bare. I can't wait to visit again over Winter to view the chapel framed by bare branches.
For details on tours and opening times visit the website
How to get there: Buses 78, 343 and 484 all have stops nearby. The nearest British Rail Station is Nunhead which is three stops from London Victoria Station.