South London is one of the fastest growing areas in the UK. From the busy Vauxhall Station and vibrant Brixton to the very upmarket Clapham and the emerging sophistication of Streatham - Oliver Burn covers it all.
Clapham Common is just located off the high street which is a great place for fitness classes, football, Kite flying and community activities.
Dulwich Park is in the south east and is a family friendly park with a large play area, boating lake, fitness classes, Pavillion cafe and Riding school.
Ruskin Park situated in Camberwell has tennis courts, children's play area, fitness classes which include martial arts and public toilets.
Herne Hill is in South East London in between Brixton, Dulwich and Tulse Hill and is in the London borough of Lambeth and Southwark. This place is popular with families and working professionals. There are good schools, the much loved Brockwell Park and a popular local Sunday market. On a sunny winter Sunday the area is full of couples and families walking their dogs, piling into the pubs for a roast and stocking up on food at the market for the week ahead. Brockwell Park in the heat or Herne Hill is known for the famous lido and gym, children's play area and excellent views of London and Kent. It is popular with dog walkers, fitness enthusiasts and families. There are also events, gigs and marathons held here regularly, such as the Lambeth Country Show. Herne Hill is celebrated as the place to see Autumn Colours in The Guardian 21st September 2017. Herne Hill National Rail Station for links to Victoria, The City and Wimbledon (Southeastern, Thameslink). There are also bus links into Central London, Brixton and Norwood
East Dulwich is situated in the South East between Herne Hill, Camberwell and Peckham in the London borough of Southwark. This area is now thriving with independent shops, cafés, bars and restaurants that attract families, and young professionals. East Dulwich has a plentiful supply of Victorian three- and four-bedroom terrace houses as well as some larger semi-detached and detached home. East Dulwich National Rail is just 15 minutes to London Bridge and Victoria, plus a plentiful supply of bus routes to choose from and for those who like to cycle and keep fit.
West Dulwich feels like a pretty village far away from Central London, but it's only 13 minutes from Victoria by train and a short bus ride from Brixton. The area has a good supply of big period houses and some popular local shops and restaurants, mainly clustered around the junction of Croxted Road and Park Hall Road.
Denmark Hill is situated between Camberwell and East Dulwich and has many great views of Central London from some vantage points. The locality is known for its diversity, independent shops and amenities and music culture. Denmark Hill embodies all of these qualities and represents a fusion of different ideas and communities. It is an up and coming district in the city, which has plenty going for it. Another plus for the area are its many pleasant streets and Ruskin Park. It is also home to King's College Hospital renowned throughout the world. Transport links are Overground trains from Denmark Hill station with speedy links to Victoria and East towards Canada Water.
Tulse Hill is nestled between Brixton, West Norwood, Herne Hill and Dulwich, it is a popular location among families and young professionals due to its excellent fast train links to the City via Thameslink and Southern and is a hub for many bus routes. Overall, it is a pleasant place to live, with relatively low levels of crime and many period properties located in the quiet residential streets which lead onto the hub of the centre of Tulse Hill, where there are a few good gastro and traditional pubs, plus a wide variety of shops and cafes to choose from. The jewel in the crown is the Tulse Hill Hotel that has been lovingly restored to be a boutique hotel with a full restaurant, offering private dining, Chef's table, a beautiful outdoor garden and extensive beer and wine selection that focuses on organic and bio dynamic wines. Tulse Hill is the new destination for locals and visitors alike.
There are few areas in London whose fortunes have had so many twists and turns as Brixton. From being a smart South London suburb with one of the capital's top shopping streets at the beginning of the 20th century, to the area that became the beating heart of the Windrush generation (1st generation workers from the West Indies to Britain) to today where Brixton is achingly cool. Brixton Village-locals still call it by its original name Granville Arcade-is now a major London tourist attraction. Situated in part of the famous and now listed covered markets, it is a destination reborn with boutiques, restaurants and cafes sharing the space with South American butchers, Caribbean greengrocers, African stores and English fishmongers. Brixton is blessed with excellent transport links as Brixton tube is the southern terminus of the Victoria line and speeds to Victoria in just 7 minutes. Brixton is also a major bus route ferrying passengers to Central London and beyond.
Clapham is one of the most vibrant areas in South London and attracts lots of young professionals and families who call it home. It is very well-connected with buses and tubes to Central London as well as its vicinity to two of London's busiest railway stations: Victoria and Clapham Junction. Although it's well-suited for commuters, Clapham is becoming a destination of its own as the neighbourhood's cafes, pubs, and wine bars are award winning and attract as easy-going crowd that appreciates its friendly atmosphere. Clapham Common is a lovely green open space with a pond, tennis courts, fitness classes and football.
Railway connections are virtually 'turn up and go' and, as one of London's busiest bus corridors, there are extensive links from the area to the tube network towards central London, the south and orbital routes. A main road artery, the A23, runs through Streatham (the old Brighton Road) and is part of London's Red Route. Streatham has a wide selection of restaurants, pubs and shops to choose from, having a diverse range of cuisines and a selection of premier fitness centres with swimming pools, plus London's only Olympic-sized skating rink, so you're spoilt for choice. There are many prime residential properties in Streatham, neighboring some of south London's most affluent areas. Streatham has a long and prestigious history, first established by the Normans 900 years ago and mentioned in the Doomsday book as Estratham. Later the Victorians made Streatham an affluent area building impressive villas and made a road directly leading to Buckingham Palace, for the residents to take using their horse and carriage when they visited the palace.
West Norwood has excellent transport links with trains into London Bridge and Central London and a famous beautifully restored Victorian Cemetery written about by Dickens in 'Great Expectations'. West Norwood borders Dulwich and Streatham and has a vibrant centre with boutique cafes and trendy coffee shops, plus a wide variety of shops and soon a brand new independent arthouse cinema. The monthly Feast market held in the town centre has four market 'hubs' for food, gardening supplies, arts and crafts and vintage and retro curios, as well as live music, so there really is something for everyone. There is a famous and cutting edge auction house Roseberry's that auctions anything from fine art to Banksy.