I live in Honor Oak, used to live in Forest Hill and have also lived in all sectors of London except the East End. This whole area is special, and I happen to think Honor Oak especially so. Yes it is quiet compared to many parts of London, as is Forest Hill frankly, but it is remarkably green for being so well connected and has some great places to eat. Am also a resident of London too, so it is very far from being dull.
If that makes me smug then so be it, but I must have a few million others for company.