London area of Herne Hill guide
What to do and where to stay in London's Herne Hill neighbourhood
Located on the edge of Brockwell Park, one of London's loveliest leafy expanses, Herne Hill has been called "Brixton's Beach" and attracts first-time buyers and young families bowled over by its impressive old houses. It has a great ambiance, encouraging independent shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Located between Dulwich and the grittier Brixton and Camberwell, the whole area used to be covered in farms and woodland, and is said to derive its name from Heron's Hill, after the large population of herons on the old river Effra. Brockwell Park, with its rolling slopes, walled garden, three duck ponds and miniature railway, is best known for its large lido, now one of the few remaining outdoor swimming pools in London. Nearby, the Herne Hill Velodrome was the only remaining cycle racing track in London prior to the construction of the new Olympic venue in Stratford.