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A locals' guide to SE25

"The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic site amongst the beautiful greenery."

Michael Schult

"Crystal Palace is a wonderful place for families, with quick commutes and the wide green spaces..."

Martin Debrah

"Crease Park is a fantastic local, green open space in Beckenham..."

Ryan Ninnis

What is your favourite place?

Where do SE25 locals go?

Mantanah Thai Cuisine

An authentic Thai restaurant that has an amazing menu, offering good quality meat and vegetarian dishes.

South Norwood Country Park

Like having the countryside on your doorstep, it is a great place for a bike ride or a dog walk.

Grangewood Park

Yet another great park in SE25 - a hidden gem.

Shelverdine Goathouse

A charming and homely pub with a good vibe. There are different bar areas each with its own character. Good selection of keg and cask ales and a open kitchen serving good, reasonably priced food. The staff are very friendly and the service good. It has a quiz night on Mondays, compered by a charming and entertaining quiz master.

Selhurst Park

A great day out for all the family watching Crystal Palace FC play at their home ground.

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!

Yeha Noha

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!!

Coffee Craft

An excellent recently opened coffee shop in South Norwood with a relaxed atmosphere, serving brilliant coffee, cakes and lunch.

The Portland Arms

Really good selection of beers/ales and some good wine... Chicken burger is great, too.

South Norwood Lake and Grounds

Feeding the ducks on South Norwood Lake is a great way to escape city life.

Blue and Orange

A great restaurant - it's definitely my favourite in Thornton Heath!

The Tram Stop Cafe

Great Coffee and edibles!

Doyley's A1 Barbers

I have been getting my hair cut here for over 15 years. It's a very nice family-run business and a fantastic place to discuss football and sports with the guys. It also tends to be a social hub too, which is great!

Brown & Green Cafe

Grab a quick snack and a coffee whilst at Crystal Palace Station.

Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic sight!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Elmers End, Thornton Heath, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Shirley Oaks, Norwood, Norbury, Beckenham, Sydenham and Upper Sydenham

What do you love about SE25?

Why do you find SE25 a great place to live?


"South Norwood is unpretentious, friendly, easy to get around and very green!"

March 2017


"South Norwood is vibrant and diverse. Residents have a civic pride in the area, which has many unique and quirky features. In 1966 the stolen World Cup was found here by Pickles the dog – an event celebrated by the South Norwood Tourist Board last year. In Tennyson Road there is a blue plaque marking the place where Arthur Conan Doyle once lived. Culturally we have an annual arts festival organised by SNAF (South Norwood Arts ... more

February 2017


"I think that SE25 is so underrated....it has great transport links - trains to Victoria, London Bridge and Canary Wharf/ East London. South Norwood Country Park, lakes and the gym are all so handy. There are a few nice cafes - Yeha Noha, Coffee Craft, and pubs - Shelverdine Goat and The Portland Arms. We have a monthly market and a new gallery has just opened, too. It ticks all the boxes for me :) "

February 2017

Local resident

"South Norwood is a great place to live, with a quick 12 minute commute to London Bridge, great cafes and the peaceful and pretty lakes area. And of course, the new Antic London pub opening on the high street this summer!"

March 2016


"We moved to South Norwood, 3 minutes from Norwood Junction Station, just over 3 years ago. It still amazes me how an area that has such fantastic transport links and a plethora of affordable housing stock can still remain relatively unknown amongst investors. We purchased our property as it offered us the space that we needed, including a nice sized garden, at a price that we could not match anywhere else in London. We have al... more

January 2016


"We have lived in South Norwood for two years and absolutely love it! The transport links are amazing and people are extremely friendly. Yeha Noha and Coffee Craft are lovely cafes offering good quality food and drinks at reasonable prices. Stanley Halls is the hub of the community and hosts all sorts of events!"

January 2016


"If you stop a stranger on the street to ask them something, like directions for example, it's like talking to a friend - people are so friendly and there is a real community feel!"

September 2015


"I love South Norwood because South Norwood Country Park is a great place for a bike ride or walking the dog."

September 2015


"South Norwood has great transport links!"

August 2015


"South Norwood has excellent transport links to central London (some trains get to London bridge in 11 mins) and easy to get to Clapham, Victoria and Shoreditch. Gatwick is also easily accessible (20 to 30 mins on the train) and also to Brighton! Lots of green space (Grangewood Park, South Norwood Lakes and South Norwood Country Park to name a few) – with the odd kestrel flying overhead. "

August 2015


"South Norwood has great transport links and lots of nice local places for bike rides, like the Waterlink Way."

August 2015

Local resident

"After having lived in a lovely top floor flat in Streatham for several years, I found myself yearning for more space and the need to have a garden to enjoy the summer months. The property prices in the area had become rather high so I decided to look further-a-field. With a little research I discovered the hidden gem that people sometimes talk about, that is South Norwood. It wasn't an area I particularly knew much abo... more

January 2014

Local resident

"I love SE25 because it’s real and edgy and reminds me of how SW2 used to be 15 years ago and the best bits are: First, it has excellent transport links – I can be in London Bridge (or back home to SE25 from LB) in 11 minutes (occasionally 10 minutes). Or I can be in London Victoria in 28 minutes. Going away from London, it’s 4 minutes to East Croydon and then a 15 minute journey to Gatwick. The Overground service is great,... more

October 2013

Local resident

"I love SE25 because it’s real and edgy and reminds me of how SW2 used to be 15 years ago and the best bits are: First, it has excellent transport links – I can be in London Bridge (or back home to SE25 from LB) in 11 minutes (occasionally 10 minutes). Or I can be in London Victoria in 28 minutes. Going away from London, it’s 4 minutes to East Croydon and then a 15 minute journey to Gatwick. The Overground service is great,... more

October 2013


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Child-friendly activities near SE25

Sing and Sign

LWS 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 Cooks

Braziliana 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

Crafts Bee Craft Classes

Odeon 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 & Street

Indelible 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

Spanish Toddler Club-'Here-for-Good' Centre

Here-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

NCT Bumps & Babies in Beckenham

Deli 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 Group

Beckenham 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
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