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A locals' guide to SE23

"Forest Hill's elevation ensures outstanding views towards the centre of the capital!"

Jennifer Purchase

"The independent shops and cafes and charming period properties make East Dulwich the perfect place to set up home."

Michael Schult

"In the heart of Dulwich, Dulwich Park is beautiful on a sunny evening, either walking the dog or taking a leisurely stroll..."

Jennifer Purchase

What is your favourite place?

Where do SE23 locals go?

Horniman Museum and Gardens

A quirky, free, family-friendly museum and gardens.

Le Querce

The finest Italian restaurant I have ever been to, with a varied and fresh menu that caters for everyone from meat eaters to vegans and all in between without seeming to try! I book for anniversaries, birthdays, visits from friends - any excuse to attend the best restaurant I know of. It may not look particularly salubrious, but it is child-friendly by day and romantically candle-lit by night. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Mayow Park

With a bowling green, play area and cricket pitches, Mayow Park is a great place to chill out at the weekend.

Jam Circus

A quirky pub that serves good food. It's also child friendly during the day.

Brown & Green Cafe

This charming cafe sells delicious cakes and fried breakfasts. It's a great spot to visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon or after a jog around Mayow Park!

Cherry & Ice

A café serving delicious ice creams and milkshakes with the friendliest staff - they're so lovely and helpful and always make me feel welcome.

The Shop Revolution Marketplace

The Shop Revolution Marketplace host lots of unique events like poetry and craft nights, with all the items they sell produced by independent designers and jewellery makers. This picture was taken at a Miss Victoria's Floral Emporium flower arranging workshop.

East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café

This small cinema serves everything from cakes to meals, cocktails to coffee and screens small independent films alongside Hollywood blockbusters. There are even reclining seats and 'love seats' if that's what you'd prefer...

The Gantry

This delightful restaurant and bar is cosy inside during the winter, yet there's an amazing garden for the summer months.

Le Chardon

Proper French food, an interesting 1880s Grade II listed interior and a piece of local history, as it used to be a David Greig shop. Put your handbag on the marble shelves and try the lobster, bouillabaisse or coq au vin and wash it down with a fabulous wine choice. I always have a good meal here.

Yama Momo

Situated in the heart of East Dulwich on Lordship Lane, if you like Japanese food, you have to try Yama Momo. Great atmosphere, food and drinks!


Arguably the best kebab on Lordship Lane! It's hard to break the habit of going every day for lunch...

The Bishop

A superb way to spend your evening, this newly refurbished pub in the heart of East Dulwich is the perfect place for celebrating with a cheeky champagne or two.


Delicious Italian food in delightful Dulwich Village - the linguine comes highly recommended!

Canavan's Peckham Pool Club

Where every good night ends...Peckham's pool club open 24/7!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Forest Hill, East Dulwich, Upper Sydenham, Catford, Sydenham, Peckham Rye, Nunhead, Dulwich, Lewisham and Crystal Palace

What do you love about SE23?

Why do you find SE23 a great place to live?


"I love Honor Oak Park because it is a friendly, charming, inclusive area where neighbours look out for each other and it has great transport links."

September 2015


"Loads of indie cafes and shops, great pubs, and a fab little museum and park!"

December 2014


"Quite, leafy, good traffic connection and not too expensive."

December 2014


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"In 1602 Elizabeth I picnicked with Sir Richard Bulkeley by an oak tree at the summit of a tree in Lewisham. It became known as the Oak of Honor, which is where the name Honor Oak derives from."

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Discovery for All at The Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum
How sharp are shark's teeth? How do you wear a sari? Have you ever played a West African thumb piano, balanced a gourd on your head or stroked a badger? Drop in to explore our Hands On Base and its thousands of real objects from around the world. Our team of Explainers will help you discover these fascinating objects and make connections between them. This session is for everyone and you don't need to be a child or visiting with children to enjoy it - come and find out for yourself. Website

Busy Bees at The Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum
Activities change every week, with creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, simple art and craft, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun, created with very young children and their carers in mind. On Tuesdays: Session passes for the first two sessions are available from the main entrance at 10.30am. The first 30 children waiting at the entrance to the Hands on Base at 12pm will be admitted into the third session. On Wednesdays: Session passes for the first two sessions are available from the Gardens Pavilion at 10.30am. The first 30 children waiting at the entrance to the Pavilion at 12pm will be admitted into the third session. Website

Little Bubbles - Forest Hil

Forest Hill Methodist Church
Little Bubbles are exciting weekly activity classes for all children aged 12 months - 4 years old. Your child can come along and enjoy the physical fun of moving freely to funky tunes whilst expressing themselves in a warm, encouraging & happy environment! Full term: £72 Half term: £36 Full term (sibling): £36 Half term (sibling): £18 Website

Mim's Mother and Baby Post-Natal Pilates Classes

Saint Hilda's Church
Friendly, local mother and baby post-natal Pilates classes in Crofton Park. A great way to recover from pregnancy and childbirth, strengthen and tone, prevent strains and injury, and bond with your baby! Classes are taught by a fully qualified instructor, certified to teach Pilates and Ante & Post Natal Exercise. Mums should be 6 weeks post natal or 12 weeks fir cesarean deliveries. Please consult your GP first if you have any concerns about exercising. Babies age 6 weeks to pre-crawling welcome. Babies will be actively involved in the class although it's best if you bring them in a car seat / pram so they have somewhere safe to be if they don't fancy joining in! Mats and bands are provided.

Jelly Babies IAIM Baby Massage

St Hilda's Church
Take time out to enhance your special bond with your baby and meet new friends on this relaxed and friendly baby massage course. Courses run over 5 consecutive weeks and last around an hour. The classes are very relaxed and friendly and it's a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and spend some quality one to one time with your baby. Families with babies from newborn to one year are welcome but we also discuss how we can adapt the massage for the growing child, from crawler to teenager. Website

Art Markers at The Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum
Have fun with different art techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman's collections or seasonal celebrations. Website
  1. About SE23

    SE23 is the postcode district in South East London incorporating the areas of Forest Hill, Honor Oak, Crofton Park (part) and is covered by the Lewisham local authority.

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