Let me show you around my local area. First up we have the gorgeous Dulwich Park.
There is a little duck pond where they rent out paddle boats and kids chase after the wildfowl.
There is a cute cafe in the old pavilion in the middle, various tennis courts and a few foot ball pitches. I love coming down here on a warm day to lay out in the sun and people watch.
Dulwich village is a beauty. Not many people know about this area – most would have heard of Notting Hill and Hampstead – they get all the tourists but that’s okay with us locals – it keeps this area nice and peaceful.
Dulwich is home to the oldest purpose built art gallery and is open to the public. They have interesting exhibitions and there is a lovely cafe connected to the main building.
On this particular day the leaves were turning gold and the light was amazing with the clear blue skies.
My favourite cafe in the village is Romeo Jones. It’s a tiny little place but they do the most amazing chocolate muffins. I haven’t found better anywhere else.
And across the road is my favourite restaurant – Rocca. These guys do the tastiest pizza and pasta in London – cooked to perfection.
And next, lets take a little stroll over to Herne Hill. This area has really come along in recent years and Brockwell park is its jewel. The village collects at the northern edge of the park. It’s basically a great big junction but with really cute little independent shops and a lovely Sunday market.
I prefer this park to Dulwich. The hills give it a bit more character and from the top you can see central London skyscrapers and beyond. I love sitting on the top on a summers day reading my book. There is also a little walled garden and a community garden where you can volunteer.
Not photoed here is the 1930’s lido and its cafe. Both a real draw on the scorching week or two that we usually get in July and August.
I love a good wander though the Sunday market – you never know what treasures you are going to find. My favourites so far are the Cannon and Cannon charcuterie, Wife of Bath cheese and the stall that sells those gorgeous umbrellas.
So, if you get tired of the crowds around Notting Hill and Portoabello road – pay a little visit to us here in South East London.