Opening Times

We run events at various times, usually on weekday evenings or weekend days – see Events for more details. We can also be visited for general use of our library, herbarium & garden every Thursday (10am-4pm – subject to current Covid restrictions – please check for details). School visits take place on Tuesdays & Wednesdays in term time.

If you would like to visit outside of these times, or would like to hire a room or the garden (or have a group garden or house tour – see below), please contact us to make an appointment (subject to staff/volunteer availability).

Accessibility

We have flat access via the side alley to the garden, for those with limited mobility or using wheelchairs, but have limited access to the house and toilets – a few steps up the front of the house or one step up through the kitchen. One of the two toilets in the house is accessible and also has a drop-down baby-change table. Please contact us for further information or for special requirements.

Finding us

The South London Botanical Institute is situated at the Tulse Hill end of Norwood Road, close to Tulse Hill station and to the junction with the A205 South Circular road.

We recommend travelling to us using one of the numerous public transport options – see below.  We are in Transport for London’s Zone 3.

By train

The nearest station is Tulse Hill, 5 minutes’ walk away. It is served by the Thameslink (direct trains from Kings Cross St Pancras, Elephant & Castle, Wimbledon and Sutton) and by Southern trains (direct trains from London Bridge, Peckham Rye etc). On arrival at Tulse Hill, walk out of the station, down the hill and right into Norwood Road. Walk along Norwood Road, cross over at the traffic lights, walk past the second hand car dealer on your right and the Botanical Institute is just along on the right.

The Institute is also only 15 minutes’ walk from Herne Hill station (for trains to Victoria and the South East) and from West Norwood station (for trains to Clapham Junction and Crystal Palace).

By bus

Many buses pass directly by the Institute:

68 Euston – West Norwood, via Waterloo
196 Brixton – Norwood Junction
322 Clapham Common/Clapham North/Brixton – Crystal Palace
468 South Croydon – Elephant and Castle

The following buses also stop at Tulse Hill (a short walk from the Institute):

2 Marylebone Station – Victoria – Crystal Palace
P13 Surrey Quays – East Dulwich – Streatham
201 Mitcham Junction – Tulse Hill

By tube

Our closest tube stations are Brixton, Clapham South and Clapham Common, but they’re a bit of a walk away – you might want to get a bus as above.

By bicycle

We have cycle racks at the front entrance.

By car

The side roads opposite offer parking although there is a charge during working hours. We recommend public transport wherever possible, to consider also the environmental impact, but can offer parking on the drive for those with limited mobility (please book in advance).

Room & garden hire

Our beautiful lecture room with its unique botanical wallpaper and historic fireplace is available to hire for small meetings, networking events, weddings celebrations, parties etc, and catering facilities are available. Our garden makes a lovely space too and is also available for hire. We can also offer a large upstairs room for bigger events. Costs depend on space required, hours, catering, staffing etc – please contact us to visit the space and discuss the options.

Botanical walks and group tours

As well as our own programme of events, we can offer botanical walks in your local area or group tours to the Institute – please Contact Us for more details.