Nunhead Cemetery , SE15
Nunhead Cemetery is one of seven Victorian cemeteries in London and possibly the most attractive.
Part of what makes it special is the contrast between the lavish monuments built to remember the most important people of the era and the small, humble but equally memorable headstones that mark public burials.
The first visit can elicit a range of reactions from visitors, the dense foliage and gothic architecture can be imposing, but this is countered by fantastic views and beautiful scenery.
During the mid 20th Century the cemetery was abandoned by the United Cemetery Company and fell into a state of disrepair, changing from lawn, to meadow then woodland. Thanks to a cash injection by Southwark Council and Lottery Funding the cemetery has been restored and was reopened to the public in May 2001. It is now a nature reserve and sports an abundance of wildlife and a diverse range of plants -16 species of butterfly have been found in the cemetery.
The Friends of Nunhead Cemetery (FONC) run guided tours on the last Sunday of every month. Tours start at 2.15pm from the Linden Grove gates. For more information visit http://www.fonc.org.uk/