The beautiful green and open spaces in Brockwell Park are a top attraction for Herne Hill. Whether it’s an early morning run, dog walk, or summer picnic, the park is incredibly inviting. As well as hosting events such as the Lambeth Country Show, Mighty Hoopla music festival and the annual fireworks display, the park also benefits from its Lido and Lido Gym.
A secret spot for locals, Sunray Gardens is a smaller local park hidden within a peaceful enclave of Herne Hill. It is a pleasant choice for anything from a quiet walk by a pond to an exciting playground for the kids.
On a Sunday morning the bustling Herne Hill Farmers Market, located in a semi-pedestrianised area near the station, offers an exciting variety of hot and cold foods, arts and crafts, and buzz to locals. If looking to keep fit, residents can head to the Herne Hill Velodrome for their energising cycling arena. For fitness fanatics, Fison Fitness on Milkwood Road is ideal for a wide variety of classes and personal training sessions and the Brockwell Lido gym and Lido are sought-after options.
Restaurants & Coffee
Herne Hill is brimming with appealing restaurants and pubs, including the award-winning Ollie’s Fish Experience and 500 degrees’ pizza restaurant in the Brockwell Lido. For breakfast, Café Provencal and The Milkwood are popular choices to start the day. Perks and White and The Parlour both offer excellent coffee while The Blackbird Bakery, Dough Bakehouse Christopher's and Sesame Deli all provide delicious bread, sandwiches, and cakes. Park’s Edge, Llewelyn's, and the agile rabbit restaurants provide excellent dinner options. For an alternative meal out, why not try Utter waffle for delicious waffle meals, or for plant-based and vegan options pop into the Peachy Goat.
Herne Hill’s top schools are another charming asset of the area. Primary schools such as St. Jude’s, Herne Hill School, and the recently opened Judith Kerr School, have received outstanding Ofsted reports. Meanwhile, The Charter School and James Allen's Girls' School are acclaimed local secondary schools.
Herne Hill peacefully resides within London’s Zone 2 but also has excellent transport links into central London. From Herne Hill Thameslink BR Station, London Victoria is just 8 minutes away and there are also regular buses to Clapham, Waterloo, Euston, and London Bridge.
The Florence and Half Moon pubs are lovely settings for an evening drink while the Prince Regent is a local favourite. For a livelier setting, pay a visit to the ever-popular Hootenany on Dulwich Road or Off The Cuff in Herne Hill.