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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Rooms at The Tulse Hill Hotel
This handsome old nineteenth-century hostelry was refurbished in 2014 and has since won various plaudits as a ‘gourmet bolthole’ in a somewhat un-gourmet part of south London. Its unpromising location, on a traffic gyratory, is completely forgotten once you’ve flopped down in one of the nine large and attractively appointed rooms, with their excellent bathrooms with rain showers and Orla Kiely toiletries – but handy for getting to nearby Brixton and Dulwich in your car (parking available). Breakfast included.
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 is set 5 km 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 12 km away.
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 suite of rooms includes a private lounge with a sofa, table and chairs, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is a private roof terrace with views of London and the property's garden. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.Central London is 7 miles from Crystal Palace B&B. Crystal Palace and its restaurants, shops and bars is 2 minutes' walk from the property. Gatwick Airport is 22 miles from the property.
Church Street Hotel
Craftsman José Raido is behind this attractive and original family-run hotel, near Camberwell Green. Funky bathroom tiles in the bright, high-ceilinged bedrooms, for example, come from Guadalajara, and are thus a perfect match for Mexicana such as imported film posters, while the bed frames were forged by José himself. The colours are as vivid as a Mexican sunset. Bathroom products are organic, as are the pastries and cereals served for breakfast in an icon-filled dining room that also operates as a 24hr honesty bar. You pay only £90 for a double with shared bathroom, which is a real bargain, and the hotel tapas restaurant, Angels & Gypsies, has been a big hit locally since opening in 2009.