Wendy Peterman of Petermans estate agency on why she loves Herne Hill, the popular south east London residential area
Best Known For
Herne Hill is best known for Brockwell Park and the lido. Brockwell Lido dates back to 1937, when it replaced the Brockwell Park bathing pond, and it is almost identical to Victoria Park Lido. Unfortunately, Lambeth Council closed the lido in 1990, but two former council employees won the contract to reopen it, which they successfully did in 1994. It now not only an amazing swimming pool, there’s also a gym and The Lido Cafe is great.
Where Can I Shop?
The shopping is quite eclectic. As well as books from Tales on Moon Lane, treats from Mimosa deli and fashion from Lowie, there’s also Herne Hill Market on a Sunday. The street market offers shoppers an excellent choice of organic meats, cheeses, local honey, cakes and a whole variety of foods, as well as live music by the station.
The wide choice of restaurants in the area is fantastic. From the famous Olley’s Fish Experience to Café Provençal’s all-day menu and Pullen’s Dining Room and Bar, known for its brunches. Number 22 tapas restaurant has just reopened after the flood damage from last year, too.
The good schools in the area have provided Herne Hill with its growing young population. There are a number of excellent junior schools from St Saviours, Jessops and Rosendale School, as well as the new Judith Kerr Primary school, which is an all-ability bilingual primary school teaching children aged from four to 11 in both English and German. Dulwich Infant and Junior Schools are close by, as is Dulwich College, James Allen Girls School and The Charter School.
The Property Market
The buoyant property market in Herne Hill offers buyers a range of property styles from Edwardian to modern. There’s also the Sunray Estate, which was built as part of the Homes Fit for Heroes campaign of the 1920s and has recently been designated a Conservation Area. Even through the recession of the last few years, Herne Hill has seen a significant rise in values across the board.
Why I love it
I love this area because it gives you a little bit of everything, from a close-knit community to live music, plenty of green areas and fantastic transport links that can take you anywhere from central London to Shoreditch, Putney and Clapham Common. You can really make a choice as to an urban or quiet lifestyle.
Petermans, 63-65 Herne Hill SE24 9NE; petermans.co.uk