Local guides

South London - our little black book
Published 27 August 2017

Iconic Battersea Power Station dominates the Southbank skyline

Our undercover inspectors reveal some of London's best-kept secrets south of the river.

Coffee: Peckham Refreshment Rooms, SE15
Great cappuccino (from Coleman Coffee Roasters) and handy for the station. peckhamrefreshment.com

Tea and cake: St David Coffee House, SE23
There’s a vintage vibe at this Forest Hill fave run by three actor friends.

Brunch: The Habit at the South London Gallery, SE5
The Habit breakfast, served until 4pm, is a porky feast of sausage, bacon and chorizo house beans. There's also a vegan version, plus brioche French toast. thehabitlondon.co.uk

Pint: Watson’s General Telegraph, SE22
Up to 12 craft beers on tap, including eight on rotation at this music-driven pub with its new garden. watsonstelegraph.pub

Wine: Humble Grape, Battersea, SW11
Wine bar and shop with knowledgeable staff and simple food including cheese and charcuterie. humblegrape.co.uk

Fish and chips: Olleys, Herne Hill, SE24
Open for three decades, this legendary chippy opposite Brockwell Park boasts a quirky décor and sustainable fish. olleys.info

Pizza: 400 Rabbits, SE15 and SE19
Wood-fired sourdough crust and the finest toppings in Crystal Palace and Nunhead. Love the courgette, pesto and feta combo plus regular house specials. 400rabbits.co.uk

Takeaway: Ganapati Takeaway Kitchen, SE15
So pleased that this south-Indian restaurant now has a separate takeaway. Whatever you do, order the paratha. ganapatitakeaway.com

One foodie thing you must do: Head to the Peckham Levels – top picks are: Canard; Other Side Fried and Wildflower. peckhamlevels.org

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