Tales On Moon Lane

This children’s book shop (with a teen version, too) has been voted one of  London’s Top Five Bookshops. Owner Tamara Linke offers free gift-wrapping and runs regular author visits and a bi-annual Festival of Literature during the half-term breaks in May and October.

25 Half Moon Lane SE24
Tel: +44 (0)20 7274 5759

Brixton’s quieter neighbour is centred on Brockwell Park, one of the loveliest in London. Popular with first-time buyers and young families attracted by its lovely old houses, they are in turn encouraging vibrant shops and restaurants. Some history here: Herne Hill Society.
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Myla & Davis

This is the first hairdresser on Secret London, but it stands out for its stylish decor and its role in helping revitalise the formerly-dingy Railton Road. A lady’s cut & finish will cost you £48 and a gent’s haircut £35 – a sign of just how upmarket this area now is.

291 Railton Road SE24
Tel: +44 (0)20 7207 2865

Herne Hill Velodrome

London's home of track cycling since 1892 is the last remaining venue from the 1948 Olympics still in active use. The world’s top cyclists compete in its annual Good Friday meet. With the 2012 Olympics looming, it is once again a vital training facility.

Burbage Road SE24


With a fair claim to the best fish & chips in South London, Olleys has been winning awards for more than 20 years. The shop takes its name from a reference to fish & chips in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Shellfish and mash bring some variety.

65-69 Norwood Road SE24

Tel: +44 (0)20 8671 8259

Brockwell Lido

This Art Deco Grade II listed building dating to 1937 is one of London’s few remaining open-air swimming pools. Threatened with demolition in 2003, a users group raised £3m to restore it with new changing rooms and a hydrotherapy pool.

Dulwich Road SE24
Tel: +44 (0)20 7274 3088

Brockwell Park

Covering 128.5 acre (0.5 km²) this park is home to the annual Lambeth Country Show. With a rolling landscape, and a lovely walled garden at its centre, you’ll also find an open-air lido (right) and a café (inside Brockwell Hall at the top of the hill). The park has great views of The City of London.

Dulwich Road SE24

Sharp Works

‘Haberdashery, Crafts, Yarns, Knitting Classes’. If you have ever wanted to know how to knit, this is the place to learn, with regular two-week total beginner courses, either morning or evening. It also teaches more advanced classes as well as crochet.

236b Railton Road SE24
Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 7668

Sesami Delicatessen

Every neighbourhood needs a good deli and Sesami fills the hole in Herne Hill. With a good range of organic produce and some unusual brands, it was instantly popular as soon as it opened. The ‘Illy’ sign tells you they do good coffee too, and the ice-cream range is also a treat.

307 Railton Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7326 1132


Serving pan-Asian cuisine to an army of regulars, this cheerful no-frills restaurant has become a Herne Hill institution, so booking is essential. The menu ranges from Vietnam to China, via Thailand with an authentic touch that sets it above many other Asian eateries.

17 Half Moon Lane SE24
Tel: +44 (0)20 7733 7131


The Half Moon

This lovely Victorian pub, with mirror-lined bar and intimate snug, has a reputation for live music, with U2, Van Morrison and The Police all having performed here. Pilotlight Theatre also put on regular stage productions.

10 Half Moon Lane SE24
Tel: +44 (0)20 7274 2733