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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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Well-heeled Herne Hill is a quiet sort of place, despite the constant traffic jam at its centre. Pedestrianisation of the area in front of the station has created an attractive focus for a charming collection of stores: wool shop, butcher, baker, greengrocer, junk shop, bookshop. On Sundays, it’s filled with food and craft stalls.

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.

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The Lido Café
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The Lido Café

As befits a café attached to one of south London’s best-loved outdoor swimming pools, the Lido Café is light-filled and very chilled. The interior design is smart and airy with stark beech and white furnishings, opening out on to a decked area overlooking the water, and punctuated with potted palms and blue parasols. The monthly menu is short but designed with love, care and boundless enthusiasm for seasonal British produce, stretching from the breakfast menu of eggs benedict, fry-ups and blueberry buttermilk pancakes, to light lunches (Severn & Wye smoked salmon and rye bread, charcuterie platter with pickles, salads) to sophisticated evening dinners (grilled harissa mackerel with crushed jersey royals and samphire salad; cardamom confit free-range duck leg with English asparagus). Fishcakes on creamed spinach didn’t stand out, but a burger with all the trimmings on sweet brioche was perfectly balanced. Alternatively, you could just pop in for a seriously good coffee, a wicked slice of cake and a few lengths of front crawl. At weekends, the place is inevitably awash with swimmers and dry-side diners but during the week, the lido offers a tranquillity that can be hard to come by in London.  

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Mimosa Delicatessen

The Herne Hill branch of a chain of three delis, cafés and caterers. 

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Herne Hill Market
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Herne Hill Market

Weekly food market outside Herne Hill station.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Canopy Beer Tap Room
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Canopy Beer Tap Room

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5 out of 5 stars
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