UVH Blog - An Urban Village: why we love…Herne Hill

An Urban Village: why we love…Herne Hill


If you’re looking for a local area with a London postcode but a village feel, take a look at Herne Hill. Located between Brixton and Dulwich, it’s a leafy area with beautiful houses, fantastic schools and a real community vibe.


Here are just a few things we love about this urban village…


Herne Hill Market

Taking place every Sunday, Herne Hill Market brings locally produced food, arts and crafts, homeware and jewellery to Railton Road, as well as some fantastic street food. It’s a busy, bustling market that injects a lively atmosphere to the area on Sunday mornings. Aside from the market, the local community and traders have worked hard over the years to create a thriving local economy, with everything from clothing shops to book stores, bakeries to butchers available nearby.  



Brockwell Lido

Get that holiday feeling any day of the week – weather permitting – at this 50m Art Deco open-air swimming pool. With Agile Rabbit serving up incredible pizza at the pool-side, it really does bring the holiday spirit to any sunny weekend. But it’s not only for hot weather: the pool is open all year round if you fancy a refreshing cold-water dip.


Brockwell Park

One of Herne Hill’s many highlights, this green flag award winning park covers 125 acres of ornamental gardens, grasslands, ponds, tennis courts and historic buildings. There is something for everyone – including an incredible play area for kids with wet play in the summer. You can also visit the Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses; or even sign up as a volunteer if you are feeling green-fingered.


Lambeth Country Show

A date that’s in every local’s calendar, the iconic Lambeth Country Show is a two-day festival that epitomises the area’s community spirit. In 2020, the event has had to go virtual, but you can usually find an unusual mix of urban and rural activities. It’s probably the only event in London where you can check out a livestock Best in Show in the morning before catching a DJ in the afternoon.



Where to start? Herne Hill has some fantastic pubs and bars. The Florence is a great family-friendly pub during the day time (it even has a purpose-built kid’s play room, which is a god send for parents) but turns into a lively spot to meet friends at night. There’s also the recently restored Grade II listed Half Moon, the cosy Commercial, the traditional Prince Regent and a scattering of smaller bars such as the Canopy Beer Co and First Aid Box. Plus, if you fancy a change of scene, you have both Brixton and Dulwich within walking distance, so you’ll never be short of options for a local night out. 



When it comes to food, it’s hard to go wrong, with so many local restaurants and cafes offering a variety of cuisines. Llewelyn’s serves European food in a bright, airy former Victorian dining room but if you like British-Caribbean food, you can’t beat Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen, overlooking Brockwell Park.



For a place with such a village feel, it’s easy to forget that Herne Hill station is just a 10-minute train journey to London Victoria. You can cycle to central London in less than 26 minutes, and if you want to hop on the tube, Brixton is a short walk, rail or bus ride away.


Herne Hill Forum

Keeping a village feel in an area with 15k+ people isn’t easy, but the Herne Hill Forum provides an online space to help keep residents connected. It’s always worth a visit to see what’s going on in the local area, from community initiatives and events to missing pets, or to just get some neighbourly advice.


Herne Hill Piano

You can usually hear someone playing a tune as you wait for a train or browse the shops, thanks to Herne Hill’s street piano, located near to the train station ticket hall.


Looking to become part of the Herne Hill community? Give us a call on 0203 519 9121 to talk about properties we have available in the area or to hear more about the locality and its surrounding postcodes.


Image credit: Matt Brown, Flickr