(Or, ahem, locally- if you're already a South London girl like yours truly)...

A couple of weekends ago, Joe and I hopped on a bus and decided to spend the weekend exploring postcodes more local to us than W1. Living in London, it's almost a natural reflex to hop on a train into central, straight to bustling Oxford Street, trendy Shoreditch or Notting Hill- forgetting that the wonders that lie South of the river are quite literally perched on our doorstep. With recommendations gathered around Dulwich, Herne Hill and Crystal Palace we decided to tick off some of the latter to begin our journey around South (but not before a brunch at Brockwell, of course)...



Brockwell Lido:

Although a bus away from the other tips on this list, we'd be wanting to sample the brunch at Brockwell Lido for a little while now (and pool, weather permitting)- so having a bit of time to kill, decided to wait out the Sunday morning queue (always handy if you can book in advance) and be patient, which, was absolutely worth it. Seated outside next to the lido (which is so, so beautiful in summer) we tucked into a breakfast of poached eggs, doorstop toast, fresh juices and delicious granola which were all delicious and rapidly served up. Although the menu also boasted plate sized waffles and fresh salads, we know we'll be back soon to start ticking more off (especially as it starts to warm up)...

Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA



400 Rabbits:

400 Rabbits is one of those places you'd wish you'd discovered sooner (and then wonder why you hadn't heard of it before). With a pink and turquoise hued interior, fuelled by geometric shapes and perfectly tiled sideboards, it's a Pinterest dream without even mentioning the food. But let's be honest, we're here for the food right? Right? The menu is packed with pillow-crusted stone baked pizzas, light salad sides and a gelupo menu for afters with flavours including strawberries and cream and salted caramel too. It's so much of a complete dreamboat of a restaurant that I now check Deliveroo to see if they'll come to me yet. Maybe one day...

30-32 Westow St, London SE19 3AH



Bambinos/Boyce Da Roca:

One of the main treasure troves in Crystal Palace is Church Road, which is pretty much lined with second hand, antique and vintage furniture (and the odd) clothes shop. One of my favourites along this strip has to be Bambino (with Boyce Da Roca next door and adjoining the shop). With a delicious cafe and coffee shop both inside, basement filled with rows and rows of records, as well as vintage menswear and more home trinkets than you can wrap your head around- it's an absolute must visit for any second-hand lover.

32 Church Rd, London SE19 2ET



Blackbird Bakery:

I couldn't do an area guide without planting a suggestion of where to pick up a good slice of cake now, could I? Having actually initially discovered Blackbird Bakery after picking up handmade batches of their Buttermilk pancake mix and Five Grain granola- they had me before I even picked up a crusty loaf. With shelves lined with everything from classic British bakes, homemade sandwiches, loaves to go and even juices- it's the perfect place to swing by to grab something to go (or even while away an hour with a book too). Picnic anyone?

59 Westow St, London SE19 3RW

The Crystal Palace Market:

This isn't actually somewhere I've had a chance to eat in yet (apologies, apologies) but with several people giving me a heads up on how The Crystal Palace Market is a bit of a local must-visit (and even Kristabel mentioning it in a here)- I wanted to include it incase anybody has the chance to get there before me (reviews on a postcard, please)!

3-7 Church Rd, London SE19 2TF



Flaming Nora:

Every time I visit Flaming Nora I so wish I had a home to deck out with furniture. Having been tempted by a dressing table, House of Hackney foot stall and many beautiful '60s chairs upon each visit- I'm waiting for the day I can finally justify a purchase here. For now it's worth the pop-in just to swoon at the interiors, but I'm vowing soon enough I'll save enough to take one home too.

40 Church Road, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 2ET

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(Or, ahem, locally- if you're already a South London girl like yours truly)...

A couple of weekends ago, Joe and I hopped on a bus and decided to spend the weekend exploring postcodes more local to us than W1. Living in London, it's almost a natural reflex to hop on a train into central, straight to bustling Oxford Street, trendy Shoreditch or Notting Hill- forgetting that the wonders that lie South of the river are quite literally perched on our doorstep. With recommendations gathered around Dulwich, Herne Hill and Crystal Palace we decided to tick off some of the latter to begin our journey around South (but not before a brunch at Brockwell, of course)...



Brockwell Lido:

Although a bus away from the other tips on this list, we'd be wanting to sample the brunch at Brockwell Lido for a little while now (and pool, weather permitting)- so having a bit of time to kill, decided to wait out the Sunday morning queue (always handy if you can book in advance) and be patient, which, was absolutely worth it. Seated outside next to the lido (which is so, so beautiful in summer) we tucked into a breakfast of poached eggs, doorstop toast, fresh juices and delicious granola which were all delicious and rapidly served up. Although the menu also boasted plate sized waffles and fresh salads, we know we'll be back soon to start ticking more off (especially as it starts to warm up)...

Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA



400 Rabbits:

400 Rabbits is one of those places you'd wish you'd discovered sooner (and then wonder why you hadn't heard of it before). With a pink and turquoise hued interior, fuelled by geometric shapes and perfectly tiled sideboards, it's a Pinterest dream without even mentioning the food. But let's be honest, we're here for the food right? Right? The menu is packed with pillow-crusted stone baked pizzas, light salad sides and a gelupo menu for afters with flavours including strawberries and cream and salted caramel too. It's so much of a complete dreamboat of a restaurant that I now check Deliveroo to see if they'll come to me yet. Maybe one day...

30-32 Westow St, London SE19 3AH



Bambinos/Boyce Da Roca:

One of the main treasure troves in Crystal Palace is Church Road, which is pretty much lined with second hand, antique and vintage furniture (and the odd) clothes shop. One of my favourites along this strip has to be Bambino (with Boyce Da Roca next door and adjoining the shop). With a delicious cafe and coffee shop both inside, basement filled with rows and rows of records, as well as vintage menswear and more home trinkets than you can wrap your head around- it's an absolute must visit for any second-hand lover.

32 Church Rd, London SE19 2ET



Blackbird Bakery:

I couldn't do an area guide without planting a suggestion of where to pick up a good slice of cake now, could I? Having actually initially discovered Blackbird Bakery after picking up handmade batches of their Buttermilk pancake mix and Five Grain granola- they had me before I even picked up a crusty loaf. With shelves lined with everything from classic British bakes, homemade sandwiches, loaves to go and even juices- it's the perfect place to swing by to grab something to go (or even while away an hour with a book too). Picnic anyone?

59 Westow St, London SE19 3RW

The Crystal Palace Market:

This isn't actually somewhere I've had a chance to eat in yet (apologies, apologies) but with several people giving me a heads up on how The Crystal Palace Market is a bit of a local must-visit (and even Kristabel mentioning it in a here)- I wanted to include it incase anybody has the chance to get there before me (reviews on a postcard, please)!

3-7 Church Rd, London SE19 2TF



Flaming Nora:

Every time I visit Flaming Nora I so wish I had a home to deck out with furniture. Having been tempted by a dressing table, House of Hackney foot stall and many beautiful '60s chairs upon each visit- I'm waiting for the day I can finally justify a purchase here. For now it's worth the pop-in just to swoon at the interiors, but I'm vowing soon enough I'll save enough to take one home too.

40 Church Road, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 2ET

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25 comments:

  1. It is excellent that you are writing in such an inviting way about the south of London. I was always under the impression that south of London was not a good area, but your posts do make it sound a very inspiring place :)

    Lii
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  2. Nice post and great shots!

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  3. What a cute lil day out Liv! There's so many cool places in and around London and whilst Yorkshire is getting a little better at it, it just needs that extra push!
    Bee | QueenBeady.com

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  4. Love that you went exploring! Great photos.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  5. Lovely post! I love discovering new cute little places to eat! x

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  6. Beautiful photography, as always. I LOVE exploring London, could never get bored of it.

    Katie
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  7. Sometimes it's even better to explore your surroundings than go far away. London is so big, there are so many things to see and do there! 400 Rabbits sounds like the best place to go for a snack! Second-hand can be a little hit and miss sometimes, but with well-organised and clean (!) shops, it makes shopping much more fun that going to big shopping centres! :)

    Julia x
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  8. Lovely post, this makes me want to go to each and every place Liv.

    Jess
    justthatgirlonline.blogspot.com

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  9. this looks like such a great area, thanks for the tips!
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  10. Even though I do feel that it's been gentrified, I'm glad more people are coming to South London.
    It still has lots of negative connotations, but as a "Saaaf Londona", born and bred, things are looking up for the area. Great post!

    Joelle
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    FebruaryGirl.

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  11. Such a nice post - I love in South London and it's true you never really explore so fingers crossed I can do some of that this summer.

    Jazzria
    jazzria.blogspot.com

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  12. I've never really explored much of South London even though it's not tat far from me so this was really lovely to read and see. I didn't know about any of these places. I would love to try them out, especially the Lido cafe.

    Emma Xx

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  13. Your photography is gorgeous - i'd love to visit all these places next time I'm near London!

    Caz | This is Caz

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  14. All of these places look so cool!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  15. the photos are perfect,this place is fullof cute things,it sounds great x

    lifestyleandso.blogspot.com

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  16. All these food recommendations is making me hungry! Really wished I could have all the time in the world to explore the whole of London. x

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  17. 400 Rabbits sounds amazing, I need to go there!
    Brigitte x

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  18. What a great post! I'm based in south London, I live just down the road from Brockwell park and still haven't eaten at the lido. I think I just need to 1.be patient and wait in the queue or 2. Be organised and actually book ahead one weekend ha!
    I've never ventured to crystal palace but as its only a short bus ride away I now have the perfect itinerary :) Thanks! X

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  19. This is literally my dream day out! I need to make sure we venture to Crystal Palace!

    Lou
    naturallybeige.com
    xxx

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  20. I always do the same thing with London, hopping towards Soho with one trip so far to Notting Hill - I need to explore! The gelupo looks INCRED

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  21. So cool seeing some shots from my home town (Brockwell has been my local park for nearly 23 years)! Glad you enjoyed x

    Xtina G Says..

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  22. Beautiful pictures!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
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  23. Such a lovely post, Liv! Flaming Nora looks like my kind of Sunday morning treasure trove! <3

    Harriet Pattison | A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  24. I've friends in London and each time I visit we stay around Angel, maybe with this post I'll get some support to explore a li'l bit more :) xxx

    www.englishgirlinnewyork.org

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  25. I've friends that live in London and when I visit we only ever hang out in Angel, maybe I'll get some more support for a lil adventure elsewhere!! X

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