The lowdown: Herne Hill
Four miles south of central London, Herne Hill is popular with families looking to bring up their children in London and who are attracted by the independent shops, cafés and pubs of the area.
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Average house prices in Herne Hill
One-bedroom flat: £362,000
Two-bedroom flat: £515,000
Two-bedroom house: £662,000
Three-bedroom house: £874,000
Four-bedroom house: £1.09 million
Average rental prices in Herne Hill
One-bedroom flat: £1,229 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,723 a month
Two-bedroom house: £1,898 a month
Three-bedroom house: £2,549 a month
Four-bedroom house: £3,031 a month
Herne Hill has a good choice of primary and comprehensive schools that are judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted. The three top private schools in Dulwich — Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and James Allen’s — are also a big draw. See our full list here.
Herne Hill has a popular Sunday morning market in Railton Road in the semi-pedestrianised area in front of the station. Herne Hill Books is an excellent small bookshop, there's the Brixton Cake Shop in Norwood Road and Sharp Works is a popular knitting shop that also holds knitting workshops. See our full list here.
Herne Hill is not on the Underground, although it is a short bus ride to Brixton, at the end of the Victoria Line. Trains from Herne Hill take 12 minutes to Victoria and on Thameslink it is 24 minutes to St Pancras and 14 minutes to Farringdon. Trains from North Dulwich take 17 minutes to London Bridge. Both stations are in Zone 2 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,284.
Pullens Dining Room & Bar is ideal for Sunday lunch, the Commercial Hotel is perfect for a quiet drink and there’s also a branch of Blackbird Bakery. Along Norwood Road, there are more restaurants including Olley’s Fish Experience restaurant and newcomer The Parlour café. See our full list here.
Leisure and the arts
Herne Hill has a free film festival in May and the Herne Hill Music Festival in September and October. The Lido is unheated, but it remains one of the area’s most popular amenities while Herne Hill Velodrome is one of the oldest in the world. The Illusioneer in Half Moon Lane is a tiny theatre dedicated to magic. See our full list here.
Brockwell Park is the jewel in Herne Hill’s crown. This much-loved park has recently been restored with funds from Heritage Lottery Fund. There is a walled flower garden, a restored clock tower, a children’s playground, a BMX track, ponds with a cascade, and a café in Brockwell Hall — an early 19th-century mansion. See our full list here.
£384,950: this two-bedroom apartment, just off Dulwich Road, offers views of Brockwell Park and the Lido from a private south-facing balony.
£479,950: on the top floor of a period conversion, this two-bedroom flat in Holmdene Avenue is within easy reach of the amenities of Herne Hill and Dulwich village.
£849,950: located near the sought-after 'Poets Corner' area of Herne Hill, this three-bedroom terraced home in Mayall Road is near Herne Hill train station and excellent local schools.
£1,395,000: this five-bedroom house in Romola Road is arranged over four floors, offering a sleek kitchen/breakfast room and a 52ft garden.