Area Guides » Herne Hill
Herne Hill is one of those areas that belong to those in the know. Brockwell Park alone could generate enough demand on its own, but there is more to the area than one of the most staggeringly beautiful (and user friendly) parks in London. With a large variety of homes ranging from the massive turn-of-the-century houses of the southern quadrant neighbouring Dulwich Village to typical Victorian terraces to the North of more working class origins. The area owes much of its charm from the street names know as the poet roads, with everyone is included from Chaucer to Pablo Neruda, through Burbage, Shakespeare and Milton amongst others. The Pubs are worthy of any of the great poets and quite a pull from areas around with the longer in tooth preferring the brilliant Prince Regent - great pub fare, good wine list and great ales - while the (Slightly) younger crowd heard into the beer obsessed Florence. The area's shared space has recently been redeveloped to triumphal results, which goes some way to making up for the seemingly constant traffic on the junction of Dulwich Road and Half Moon Lane. The view from this side of the wonderful Brockwell park has to be one of the best in London (especially at sunset) and the view from the top of London no less epic. Convenient for those needing a quick straight route to Victoria, Blackfriars or Wimbledon in the morning, it does not suit everyone, but those it does suit, it suits very well indeed. The 125 acre Brockwell park is one of the most accessible, family friendly, inclusive open spaces in London, with community greenhouses, an operational miniature railway, tennis courts, football pitches (natural and artificial), one of the best lidos of London (hyper modern gym and spa included), cricket pitch and nets, basketball courts, running club, 5 a side league, a BMX track, children's play area and paddling pool, many events and shows, circuses and oodles of tranquillity, community and wonderful views and vistas. I have been enjoying the park for 17 years now and was my grandfather's favourite before me more than a hundred years ago.
I think you get what we mean - pretty nice, eh?