Located in London, The Lilac Door is a family-run bed and breakfast located 0.6 mi from Dulwich Picture Gallery and 1.6 mi from Crystal Palace Park. The property is set 3.1 mi from Battersea. All units in the bed and breakfast are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries, while certain rooms will provide you with a seating area. Chocolates, water and a tea/coffee tray are provided. A Vegetarian, Gluten-free or Full English breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast area. Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near The Lilac Door. Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey can be reached in less than 15 minutes by train from the property. London City Airport is 7.5 mi away.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)

Breakfast Info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

FREE parking!


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Guest reviews


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Free Wifi
High score for London
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  • N
    United States of America United States of America
    Very clean and tidy. Jane and Keith were very welcoming. A lovely home in a nice quiet neighborhood.
  • Dominic
    United States of America United States of America
    Marvelous host. Lovely room. Pleasant home. Great location.
  • Sharon
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Very welcoming hosts. Breakfast was superb - highly recommended. Good location near to Dulwich Village and good transport links to Central London.

Host Info

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Built in 1911, The Lilac Door is situated in West Dulwich, a leafy pleasant part of London, just 12 minutes to the centre by very frequent train. We've lived here for 30 years and whilst the external part of The Lilac Door is still Edwardian we have upgraded every internal part to make it relaxed and welcoming for our guests. View our on line presence for full details of every room. In every room there's a well stocked tea / coffee tray, delicious biscuits, bottled water, waffle robe and slippers and on arrival, you'll find a pampering carton of chocolate truffles on your bed. At breakfast, we provide a wide selection from traditional English, to French Toast! Nearby are a variety of places to eat, parks to walk and the famous Dulwich Picture Gallery to admire. With bookshops, specialised delis and vintners and a whole variety of independent shops within easy walking distance and with great connections to Central London, Dulwich is an ideal base for a City visit.
I'm Jane. I've managed to fit in several careers along the way; television coordinator, event fundraiser for major charities, photographic stylist for magazines, event manager for countless private parties, teacher of English as a Foreign language. I still organise large parties ~ its challenging coming up with something that's "different" for clients; its exhausting but its always fun (well that's what I feel after the last table has been cleared) I enjoy ballroom dancing ~ a complete amateur who loves to rhumba when I can and I have a huge weakness for pearls! I am married to a keen cyclist and we have two grown up daughters.
Leafy West Dulwich, just 12 minutes by train to Victoria, is home to the famous Dulwich Picture Gallery. There's a wealth of independent shops, relaxed dining and wonderful walks in pleasant parks all within easy reach. There's a vibrant food market on Sundays and Brixton provides the hub of eclectic destination dining. A golf course, horse riding, Lido and tennis are all available, nearby. Our guests tell us time and again that Dulwich is so peaceful, yet so close to all that the centre of London has to offer.
Languages spoken: English,French

Area info

Amenities of The Lilac Door
Great facilities! Review score, 9.8

Most popular amenities
  • Free Wifi
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Garden
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Slippers
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Temporary art galleries
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Horseback riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Sitting area
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Tea/Coffee maker
Wifi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Private check-in/out
  • Express check-in/out
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Adults only
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Fan
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Public Bath
    Additional charge
  • Open-air bath
    Additional charge
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French

Property practices

This property told us they've implemented certain practices across some or all of these categories: waste, water, energy and greenhouse gases, destination and community, and nature.

House rules
The Lilac Door takes special requests – add in the next step!

From 13:30 to 19:30
You need to let the property know what time you'll be arriving in advance.
From 06:30 to 10:00
Cancellation/ prepayment
Cancelation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Enter your stay dates and check the conditions of your selected option.
Damage policy
If you cause damage to the property during your stay, you could be asked to pay up to £150 after check-out, according to this property's Damage Policy.
Children & Beds

Child policies

Children not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction
The minimum age for check-in is 18
Pets are not allowed.
Payments by Booking.com
Booking.com takes your payment for this stay on behalf of the property, but make sure you have cash for any extras once you get there.
Smoking is not allowed.
Parties/events are not allowed
Quiet hours
Guests need be quiet between 22:00 and 06:00.

The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

Please note that take-out food is not permitted in the bedrooms.

Please inform The Lilac Door of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 22:00:00 and 06:00:00.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimize transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property currently isn't accepting guests from certain countries on dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you cause damage to the property during your stay, you could be asked to pay up to £150 after check-out, according to this property's Damage Policy.

FAQs about The Lilac Door

  • The Lilac Door is 5 miles from the center of London. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at The Lilac Door is from 1:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • The prices at The Lilac Door may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • The Lilac Door offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Open-air bath
    • Horseback riding
    • Temporary art galleries
    • Public Bath

  • Room options at The Lilac Door include:

    • Double

  • Guests staying at The Lilac Door can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 10.0).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Gluten-free