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What’s Honor Oak’s high street like?
It may be smaller on paper than its twin town Forest Hill, yet has managed a perfectly selective high street that hosts some cool traders. Selective you say? Well yeah. Residents here bum-rushed the very suggestion of a Domino's Pizza opening up in the the old bank and guess what? Now it's going to be an independent artisan pizza place. Nice one.

Traditonal high street businesses include a great florist, locally loved hairdresser and newly opened Sainsbury's Local. But you'll get your fill of indie retailers here; Jumping Bean (a crammed gift shop), Neroli Skincare (an all natural beautician) and Hills and Parkes (totally ace delicatessen) are, in themselves, worth travelling to.

If you love eating out, just see how lucky you are: Le Querce is a really, really brilliant Italian, Donde is a fairly awesome tapas bar and Babur is a super-ace Indian. You've got live music, light lunches, cake and cocktails happening at Hopscotch and late night DJs and West Indian food at Stonebar

Honor Oak’s housing stock and residents
Using the 2011 census that covers the centre of Honor Oak, most people living here are aged 25-44 years' old, there are more households whose occupants are single/sharing professionals than families and comparitively few lone-parent households. By far, most people living here are working full-time and are educated to degree level. You'd be extremely lucky to pick up a detached house around here, most homes are 1930's and Victorian terraces and flats. I got this information from an area search on the Office of National Statistics' site

Where to buy in Honor Oak
This part of south east London rose in price long before Forest Hill, yet (comparitive) bargains can be had on the Crofton Park side, along Stondon Road and south of Brockley. It really is worth checking out the larger-than-average family homes along Grierson, Riseldine, Tatnell and Parbury roads. If you can do less space there are plentiful half-houses directly across the high street and an abundance of good-looking flats.

More about Honor Oak
If you want easy access to community goings-on, there's a town web site and a great blog about what's happening in the area. Do join the local forums such as SE23.com and South East Central. Honor Oak Community Centre has a helpful Facebook page that invites suggestions for events.