Guide to living in
Begrudgingly shared between Lambeth and Southwark, Herne Hill is one of South London’s trendiest places to live. Although prices have been forced up due to the popularity of the area, there is still a large amount of affordable property here, combined with some exciting investment opportunities.
Quiet residential streets meet with upmarket boutiques, bars and galleries to create something like heaven for the fashionable young professional. Of particular note is the area around Herne Hill station, full of buzzing independent shops and cafes, which also boasts a rustic largely food based market on a Sunday.
“Terraced streets characterise the area, and for young professionals and first time buyers, there are many stylish Victorian and Edwardian properties split into desirable flats”
We couldn’t preview this area without mentioning the urban paradise that is Brockwell Park, a serious contender to the crown of London’s best park; this place welcomes thousands of visitors everyday during the summer months and is even beautiful during the winter. Home to Brockwell Hall, a grade II listed building, the park also houses Brockwell Lido one of the last of the dying breed of the outdoor swimming pool.
Terraced streets characterise the area, and for young professionals and first time buyers, there are many stylish Victorian and Edwardian properties split into desirable flats. The selection of purpose-built tower blocks and flats contribute to the mix of architectural styles on offer in Herne Hill.
DIY enthusiasts will be interested to know that there are plenty of fantastic properties to renovate and develop here, further enforcing Herne Hill’s reputation as an area with exciting and original leisure and housing opportunities.
The Florence on Dulwich Road is a great asset to the area, a full range of beers complete with tasting notes shows how seriously they take their hops and barley here. Furthermore, a menu bursting with gourmet pub grub is worth your perusal.
Even if you are no use on two wheels, we would recommend a visit to the Herne Hill Velodrome. London’s last full scale concrete cycling track evokes a strong feeling of nostalgia and is a piece of Olympic history, being the only part of the 1948 Olympic Games still in use today.
Herne Hill railway station is well equipped with services to London Victoria, London Blackfriars, Farringdon and London St Pancras, if you’re sick of London, then you could always go to Luton from here. The nearest tube station is Brixton and there are half a dozen buses going to a variety of destinations around the capital.