St. Giles Churchyard , SE5
Loved by squirrels, locals on lunch and dog walkers, St Giles Churchyard lies behind the Anglican church between Wilson Road and Camberwell Grove.
The original medieval church was destroyed by fire in 1841 and the present incarnation was built in 1842-44. The porch of the original church still remains intact. Sir George Gilbert Scott designed the new church and it was his first attempt at a Gothic building. The spire is 210ft high.
The churchyard was originally a graveyard, most of the gravestones have been moved but there are still a number of tombs underground.
It's a well maintained green space with some stunning ancient oaks and, in early summer, fragrant roses. There are plenty of benches dotted about or you can do like the students from the nearby Art College and sit on the grass. Sometimes you can listen in on their tutorials. Although it's accessible from three sides the traffic is inaudible - an intimate and tiny park in a busy part of Camberwell.