Dulwich

12 world famous paintings to go on show in Dulwich

It's being billed as the "advent calendar of your dreams". Twelve of the most famous paintings in the world are to be transported to South London next year. The occasion? The 200th anniversary of Dulwich Picture Gallery.

The Mansion, 255 Gipsy Road, Dulwich, London

The Mansion is a fantastic sight on the road from Dulwich to Crystal Palace. It's a great bulky lump of Victorian architecture, as solid as a fortress, and dominates the landscape. Once it was merely a boozer called The Paxton but, since it was bought by Ben Sowton (the guy responsible for the terrifically groovy White House in Clapham), it's been transformed. The ground floor's painted black outside, the first floor's all brickwork with black trim.

Design: That's so last century

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Buy Of The Week: East Dulwich

With its own self-contained office next door, this light-filled, spacious home is likely to appeal to a jaded commuter, predicts Alice Black