Exemplary of South London's peaceful and leafy character
"The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic site amongst the beautiful greenery."Michael Schult
"Crease Park is a fantastic local, green open space in Beckenham..."Dominic Butler
"Crystal Palace is a wonderful place for families, with quick commutes and the wide green spaces..."Martin Debrah
Where do Birkbeck locals go?
South Norwood Country Park
Like having the countryside on your doorstep, it is a great place for a bike ride or a dog walk.
Submitted by Nick
Mantanah Thai Cuisine
An authentic Thai restaurant that has an amazing menu, offering good quality meat and vegetarian dishes.
Submitted by Rachel
An excellent recently opened coffee shop in South Norwood with a relaxed atmosphere, serving brilliant coffee, cakes and lunch.
Submitted by James
South Norwood Lake and Grounds
Feeding the ducks on South Norwood Lake is a great way to escape city life.
Submitted by Alice
South Norwood Lake and Grounds
A pretty area for walking round with peaceful surroundings. There's a great cafe too.
Submitted by a local resident
The Gold Coast
Serving the best food from the motherland, Ghana! The jollof rice served with domedo (seasoned and spiced pork) is to die for... It reminds me of mummy's cooking!
Submitted by Emlyn
Organic food, homemade stuff, including cakes and pastries, meditation evenings, live music at the weekends, an outside terrace and a really funky interior... Love it!!
Submitted by Jacqueline
Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs
The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic sight!
Submitted by Alex
Love 'A' Slice
Cheesecakes, cream cakes and milkshakes - heaven for those with a sweet tooth!
Submitted by Alexandra
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre has everything you would want, from a pool, to a gym, to exercise classes.
Submitted by Nick
Brown & Green Cafe
Grab a quick snack and a coffee whilst at Crystal Palace Station.
Submitted by Joe
One of my favourite spots in Beckenham! A bar and restaurant with rustic, trendy interiors.
Submitted by Priscilla
Lovely little Italian restaurant with wood fire cooked pizzas! Also accept Tastecards in the week, which is a great bargain!
Submitted by Chloe
Why do you find Birkbeck a great place to live?
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Did you know?
"Penge is one of a few places in London that's name derives from Celtic rather than Germanic language."
Child-friendly activities near Birkbeck
Crafts Bee Craft ClassesOdeon Cinema
Crafts Bee offers a variety of craft classes including jewellery making Sewing silk Painting Cake Decorating Stained Glass Flower Arranging Knitting & Crochet Card making Quilting Gift Vouchers and Children's Craft Parties.
Indelible Studios Ballet & StreetIndelible Studios, Citygate Church
Fun, inspiring dance classes for children aged 18mths - 16 years. Classes are open to all abilities. You don't need to be an expert dancer, just willing to have a go and have fun learning. Great way to develop fitness. Website
NCT Bumps & Babies in BeckenhamDeli Nene
Every Thursday during term times 3pm at Deli Nene Beckenham. An informal drop in for new and expectant mums. No need to book - just turn up for a nice coffee and chat! There's also a lovely secure play area full of toys for the little ones and an outside area for warmer days. Website
Happy Mondays - Parent Baby & Toddler GroupBeckenham Methodist Church
HAPPY MONDAYS is the NCT run playgroup open to all and is held every MONDAY 10 - 11.30am during term time. Tea coffee and biscuits for adults and squash water and snacks for the younger ones are available donations welcome. Singsong at the end! £1.00 for under 1s; £1.30 for over 1s. Maximum of £2.30 per family or child minder. There is always something going on so do drop in we look forward to meeting you. Website
NCT Happy Mondays - Parent Baby & Toddler GroupBeckenham Methodist Church
HAPPY MONDAYS is the NCT run playgroup open to all and is held every MONDAY 10 - 11.30am during term time. Tea coffee and biscuits for adults and squash water and snacks for the younger ones are available donations welcome. Singsong at the end! £1.00 for under 1s Website
Sing and SignLWS Cafe & Charity
Developed with the help of Speech and Language experts and launched in January 2001, the "Sing and Sign" programme has since taught thousands of parents across the UK how to sign with their babies and encourage amazing early communication. Website
Crafty CooksBraziliana Cafe
A love of cooking and an ability to do so is an important skill that every child should have. Children from as young as 24 months are taught how to cook a whole range of delicious, nutritious dishes. They will cook both sweet and savoury, from beetroot cakes to mini quiches with a spattering of chocolate in the middle! The lovely Heather runs Crafty Cooks South London. She runs regular classes and holiday clubs and really enjoys meeting lots of little Crafty Cooks! Website
Do you live in Birkbeck, or have you lived in Birkbeck recently?
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- Elmers End
- Crystal Palace
- Shirley Oaks
- Upper Sydenham
- Thornton Heath
- West Wickham
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