The Half Moon, Herne Hill
This is a bit of a black pearl in an area which has few decent, untouched, pubs. It has the decayed Edwardian décor - dark wood, plush seating and some beautiful glasswork - and the slightly decayed grandeur so many of us enjoy. It's a pretty spacious and friendly place presided over by a genial landlord. Upstairs there's a boxing club and a slightly poncier boxercise club, so you may get some interesting fellow drinkers in. There are few frills, but the beer is fine, the food cheap and it's a fun place with a damn fine jukebox too. And if that wasn't enough, a diverse range of bands and DJs tread the boards in the (spacious) music room at the side. Even without the classic interior, this one's certainly worth a visit.
10 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London, SE24 0NG
020 7274 2733
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How to find the The Half Moon pub
Go to Herne Hill Station and leave via the exit onto Half Moon Lane (i.e. through the mini-tunnel). Turn right and head to the crossroads. It's on the corner where Half Moon Lane starts (funnily enough).