Despite direct Overground links to Hoxton and Shoreditch, Forest Hill has resisted becoming studiously hip and remains a laidback area popular with artists and actors. Families benefit from one of London’s most eccentric and child-friendly museums, the Horniman (its gardens have some of the best views across London and a bijou farmers' market), and a new swimming pool and leisure centre.
Neighbouring Honor Oak – named after a tree in the nearby woods – is a bit of a ratrun but its Overground station has been attracting young professionals who are slowly adding a bit more life.
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A light and airy, modest Japanese cafe a ten-minute walk away from Clapham Junction. Stop in here for a light bite, lunch or dinner. The menu offers authentic Japanese dishes (thanks to owner Atsuko Inoue), including sushi, sweet chili chicken karaage don (deep-fried, tempura style chicken on rice), donburi, curried udon and takoyaki (filled dumplings). You can get your hands on some matcha ice cream for afters and wash it down with a pot of green tea.
Venue says: “A calm and tranquil space where you can take time out from the hustle and bustle of city living.”