A locals' guide to Penge
"The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic site amongst the beautiful greenery."Michael Schult
"Everything that you need; a gym and supermarkets by the station, villages bakers, lovely pubs and beautiful parks..."Michael Schult
"Crystal Palace is a wonderful place for families, with quick commutes and the wide green spaces..."Martin Debrah
Where do Penge locals go?
Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs
The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic sight!
Submitted by Alex
The Shop Revolution Marketplace
The Shop Revolution Marketplace host lots of unique events like poetry and craft nights, with all the items they sell produced by independent designers and jewellery makers. This picture was taken at a Miss Victoria's Floral Emporium flower arranging workshop.
Submitted by Sarah-Jane
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
Cherry & Ice
A café serving delicious ice creams and milkshakes with the friendliest staff - they're so lovely and helpful and always make me feel welcome.
Submitted by Daisy
Brown & Green Cafe
Grab a quick snack and a coffee whilst at Crystal Palace Station.
Submitted by Joe
Brown & Green Cafe
This charming cafe sells delicious cakes and fried breakfasts. It's a great spot to visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon or after a jog around Mayow Park!
Submitted by Joe
South Norwood Lake and Grounds
Feeding the ducks on South Norwood Lake is a great way to escape city life.
Submitted by Alice
With a bowling green, play area and cricket pitches, Mayow Park is a great place to chill out at the weekend.
Submitted by Joe
Love 'A' Slice
Cheesecakes, cream cakes and milkshakes - heaven for those with a sweet tooth!
Submitted by Alexandra
The Crystal Palace Market
A unique culinary experience - choose your fresh produce from the market and then watch it be prepared into a tasty meal.
Submitted by Ben
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 Jon
Why do you find Penge a great place to live?
"Great community, history and home of the Grade I-listed dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park."
"Old historical alms houses and cottages, lovely gardens and parks, a wonderful community spirit, great schools and with the rebuilding of Crystal Palace on the cards – definitely on the up!!!"
"Penge, 15 mins by train from Victoria, is a beautiful, calm and friendly area with a lot of parks. The biggest one is Crystal Palace Park with sport infrastructure such as swimming pool, gym, trampoline for kids ... The high street is full of shops and restaurants. It's the best place for singles, couples and families. We have fantastic schools as well in Penge. How lovely it is to live in Penge!"
What do you like about Penge?
Did you know?
"Dinosaur Court features a variety of sculptures of distinct animals through the ages and was commissioned following The Crystal Palace's move to the South. It is now Grade I listed."
Child-friendly activities near Penge
Crafty CooksThe Shop Revolution Marketplace,
A cookery club designed to treat children as young as 2 years old some fun, nutritious recipes whilst introducing them to new foods Website
Spanish Toddler Club-'Here-for-Good' CentreHere-for-Good Centre
¡Bienvenidos! is a Toddler Club for Spanish speaking parents bilingual families and anyone who wants to give their child a head start. It enables children to learn Spanish while having fun singing listening to stories dancing doing arts & crafts and playing games while using various multimedia. Website
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
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.
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
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
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
Do you live in Penge, or have you lived in Penge recently?
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- Crystal Palace
- Elmers End
- Upper Sydenham
- Forest Hill
- West Norwood
- East Dulwich
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