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Herne Hill and Tulse Hill area guide

Keep busy in SE24 with Time Out's guide to Herne Hill and Tulse Hill's best restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do

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Herne Hill has long been dwarfed by nearby Dulwich and Brixton. While always an attractive area, the pedestrianisation of the area in front of the station has created a focus for the area, which often felt mired by the constant traffic jam at its centre. Now, a charming collection of stores, comprised of a wool shop, butcher, baker, greengrocer, junk shop and bookshop has turned it into a destination. On Sunday's this area gets transformed into a brilliant food and craf market. And yes, you'll still find the obligatory kebab or fried chicken shop, but the restaurants in the area have caught up, too, with many offering delicious modern British cuisine.

Close by in Tulse Hill there are great pubs to be found, as well as a once-a-month street food market in nearby West Norwood. It's certainly worth visiting the boutique Tulse Hill Hotel, which is way more than just another Gastropub.

Mostly, though, the area is dominated by Brockwell Park, an attractive space with a BMX track, miniature railway, walled garden, community greenhouse and lido. Unexpected local features include the velodrome used in the 1948 Olympics, which still hosts races, club training and kids’ classes. The area's piece de resistance, however, is it's 50-metre lido, which can get overwhelmingly busy in the summer months.

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Things to do in Herne Hill and Tulse Hill

Brockwell Park

Brockwell Park

An 84 acre and diverse park that lines Herne Hill, Tulse Hill and Brixton that often plays host to events.   

Brockwell Lido

Brockwell Lido

This 50-metre pool is surrounded by art deco Grade II-listed buildings which house the Lido Café. 

Bars and pubs in Herne Hill and Tulse Hill

The Railway Tavern (Tulse Hill)

The Railway Tavern (Tulse Hill)

A pub near Tulse Hill station that has loads of comfy sofas to relax in, a covered balcony, a big beer garden, indoor and outdoor games, a quiz night and open...

First Aid Box

First Aid Box

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

When your neighbourhood café serves cocktails worthy of Zone 1, you know the only way you’ll ever leave London will be in a box. But this Herne Hill newcomer –...

Florence

Florence

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

That the people behind the light, modern Florence care about beer is obvious from the phenomenal range on offer and the helpful tasting notes on all the pumps....

Blinder

Blinder

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

A bar-within-a-bar out the back of Herne Hill’s medical-themed First Aid Box, Blinder has got a run-down Prohibition vibe, with ladders hanging over picnic...

Restaurants in Herne Hill and Tulse Hill

Llewelyn's

Llewelyn's

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

A brilliant neighbourhood joint that with a serine interior that delivers in every department. 

Park's Edge Bar and Kitchen

Park's Edge Bar and Kitchen

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Vibrant and modern British spot that shows a deft touch with decent ingredients and cool global inflections. 

Tulse Hill Hotel

Tulse Hill Hotel

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Eating and drinking here is a fair whack above the usual gastropub with its Brit-meets-the-Med menu. 

The Lido Café

The Lido Café

  • 4 out of 5 stars

A light-filled and airy spot with a monthly menu designed with love, care and boundless enthusiasm. 

Hotels near Herne Hill and Tulse Hill

The Lilac Door

The Lilac Door

Located in London, The Lilac Door is a family-run bed and breakfast located 1 km from Dulwich Picture Gallery and 2.6 km from Crystal Palace Park. The property...

Crystal Palace B&B

Crystal Palace B&B

Crystal Palace B&B is located in zone 3 in London, 600 metres from Crystal Palace Park. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site.The...

Church Street Hotel

Church Street Hotel

  • price 2 of 4

Craftsman José Raido is behind this attractive and original family-run hotel, near Camberwell Green. Funky bathroom tiles in the bright, high-ceilinged...

The perfect weekend in Herne Hill and Tulse Hill

Explore: Brockwell Park

Explore: Brockwell Park

This large park is the perfect spot to take a picnic, with numerous areas to appeal to different tastes.

Shop: Herne Hill Market

Shop: Herne Hill Market

Cure your Sunday hangover and visit this south London gem, which prides itself on responsibly sourced produce. 

Eat: Llewelyn's

Eat: Llewelyn's

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

If you're after classic contemporary European dishes done beautifully then this is the spot for you.   

Drink: First Aid Box

Drink: First Aid Box

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

A theatrical neighbourhood bar that also serves inventive cocktails with thrilling flavour bases.

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