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
Where do SE23 locals go?
Horniman Museum and Gardens
A quirky, free, family-friendly museum and gardens.
Submitted by Stephen
The best Thai restaurant with always fresh produce, taste buds will be working overtime as each mouthful gives you more to think about. A truly unique experience!!!
Submitted by Stuart
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!
Submitted by Tina
With a bowling green, play area and cricket pitches, Mayow Park is a great place to chill out at the weekend.
Submitted by Joe
A quirky pub that serves good food. It's also child friendly during the day.
Submitted by Stephen
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!
Submitted by Joe
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.
Submitted by Daisy
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.
Submitted by Sarah-Jane
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...
Submitted by Fredericka
This delightful restaurant and bar is cosy inside during the winter, yet there's an amazing garden for the summer months.
Submitted by Sarah
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.
Submitted by Kathy
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!
Submitted by Gemma
Lovely food, wine and cocktails in a gorgeous French bistro housed in a converted pub in the heart of Nunhead.
Submitted by Hannah
Arguably the best kebab on Lordship Lane! It's hard to break the habit of going every day for lunch...
Submitted by Alex
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."
"Loads of indie cafes and shops, great pubs, and a fab little museum and park!"
"Quite, leafy, good traffic connection and not too expensive."
What do you like about SE23?
Did you know?
"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."
Child-friendly activities near SE23
J'S Dance FactoryForest Hill Methodist Centre
J's Dance Factory is a fast moving and exciting place for your child to learn to dance and grow in confidence. It is an IDTA school and offer your child the opportunity to take dance exams from as young as three which can lead up towards to teaching qualification when they turn 17. They do shows in various venues, participate in local roadshows and charity events. 9.30-10.00 Ballet (3-5 years) 10.00-10.30 Street Dance (3-5 years) 10.30-11.30 Street Dance (6-8 years) 11.30-12.30 Ballet and Tap (6+) 12.30-13.20 Street Dance (Intermediate/Advance) 13.20-14.10 Contemporary Dance (6+) Website
A World of Stories at The Horniman MuseumThe Horniman Museum
Everyone loves a good story, and we have got some of the best storytellers in London to whisk you to faraway places and different times with fun and interactive sessions. Their stories, inspired by our exhibitions, festivals and nature bring the Museum's varied collections to life. So, join us in our Hands On Base for these enjoyable oral storytelling sessions to see why so many people across the world love listening to stories. Website
Jelly Babies Baby MassageSt Hilda's Church
My classes run over 5 consecutive weeks and last around an hour. Each session begins with a relaxation for you and we then focus on a different area of baby's body. We will cover a full body massage for baby and I will demonstrate a Colic Routine. There will be time for discussion after each class and the aim is to spend some quality time bonding with your baby by using a combination of gentle moves, loving, nurturing touch and singing soothing lullabys. 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
Jelly Babies IAIM Baby MassageSt 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
Little Bubbles - Forest HilForest 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
Boppin' BunniesSt. Saviours Scout Hall,
Exciting music classes for under 5s, led by professional musicians. Running across the South East, for families nurseries and schools! Bookings: Per term = £6.50/class | Per half term = £7/class | Drop-in = £8 subject to availability Website
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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