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.

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Herne Hill Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Herne Hill.
London > Nightlife > Pubs
38a Kellet Road, Herne Hill, London SW2
By no means your average watering hole; the Effra defies most attempts at description or classification. From the outside it looks like a shabby South London ... More
The Half Moon
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, Herne Hill, London SE24
The Half Moon is a pub in Herne Hill that regularly hosts fringe theatre performances, live comedy and open mic nights. You can eat inside the ... More
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