Cafes and bakeries are beginning to invest in Stockwell, a once-rebellious south London neighborhood.

Slowly chipping away at its rough reputation, Stockwell’s confluence of cafes, bakeries, and pop-up art installations are enticing kindred spirits to the neighborhood. Offering more than an alluring attraction for alternative-scene seekers, Stockwell also boasts cosmopolitan flavors—its steadfast Portuguese population comprises London’s own “Little Portugal.” The neighborhood’s skate parks, central location, and convenient tube access add to its escalating appeal.

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On the Map

Stockwell is within LB of Lambeth and bordered by South Lambeth, Kennington, Herne Hill, Clapham, Camberwell, Brixton, Walworth, and LB of Southwark

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

The London Eye: 25 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 35 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 80 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 60 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 25 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 28 minutes on the tube

Stockwell: Stepping Out From Its Own Shadow


Born of renegade inclinations, Stockwell has been steadily remastering its image.


White window-paned boutiques and casually hip pubs keep opening their doors to curious crowds wondering what all the talk is about.


Its bevy of locally-owned shops buoys the community, helping Stockwell further shed its rough reputation.


While local businesses increasingly put down roots, the neighborhood's Portuguese community continues to influence Stockwell's tastes.


Just because Stockwell's cleaning up doesn't mean it's becoming dull.


Behold, one of London's most famous skateparks. And it's all thanks to Stockwell.


Get there.

... exciting London location [that] has a selection of great pubs, cafes and restaurants. Muriel Spark used to live here as did Florence from Florence and the Machine. It is multicultural and vibrant. Five minutes on the bus from Brixton Village, the Ritzy cinema and the underground. It is quick walking distance from Loughborough Junction and Denmark Hill train stations and there are also lots and lots of easy buses to Waterloo, London Bridge and Victoria which all take about 20 minutes."


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