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A locals' guide to SE27

"You can be at London Victoria or London Bridge in less than half an hour from West Norwood Station."

Thomas Howe

"From independent shops, green spaces and a short commute, Herne Hill is the perfect combination!"

Thomas Howe

"St Luke's Church, West Norwood was built in the early 19th century and sits at the top of Norwood High Street."

Thomas Howe

What is your favourite place?

Where do SE27 locals go?

West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre

So many activities for adults and children. I personally love the exercise classes, Zumba and Boxfit.

Knowles of Norwood

This lovely quirky bar is quiet mid-week for a lovely intimate meal or catch up. And lively on the weekend with a lovely band. Good atmosphere. Rustic style.

West Norwood Feast

A community market in south London. Community comes together to taste, eat, drink and admire or buy all handmade items and all things that are on offer.

La Gastronomia

A taste of the Mediterranean, this Italian deli also has a patio garden, where you can sit and enjoy their delicious dishes.

Norwood Grove House

Known locally as the "White House", Norwood Grove House and its well-tended formal gardens were opened in 1926 by the future King Edward VIII. It is the centrepiece of Norwood Grove itself; a large expanse of grass from which you can overlook Streatham and its surrounding areas. It is thoroughly underutilised and all the better for it!

The Rookery

A walled garden that would not look out of place in a BBC costume drama. Stunning throughout the year and still relatively undiscovered by the residents of South London. The gardens are beautifully maintained by a justifiably proud set of volunteers.

Brown & Green Cafe

Grab a quick snack and a cup of coffee from this independent kiosk whilst on your daily commute.

Four Hundred Rabbits

Head to this pizza restaurant for a delicious gelato on a warm summer's day in the Crystal Palace Triangle!


Vegetarian and pescetarian restaurant with the best fat chips EVER.

Palace Spice

This Indian restaurant's food is delicious. I am constantly ordering too much, but never upset by the bill. They always offer me free drinks too!

Crystal Palace Aquarium

Everything you need for your fish and reptile needs, even little critters like locusts!

La Bruschetta

They serve tasty lunchtime salads at this local cafe.

Joanna's Restaurant

Mocktails and cocktails whilst enjoying lovely views of the City from the top of Crystal Palace Triangle.

The Godfather

Run by some chaps from Napoli, this authentic restaurant also uses ingredients brought over from Napoli to give you a genuine Italian experience.

Blackbird Bakery

Open early in the morning, pop into this cafe for a delicious coffee and pastry.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of West Norwood, Norwood, Norbury, Crystal Palace, Streatham, Streatham Hill, Upper Sydenham, Dulwich, Herne Hill and East Dulwich

What do you love about SE27?

Why do you find SE27 a great place to live?

Local resident

"I love West Norwood as it is a vibrant, friendly community with so much to do."

April 2016

Local resident

"A good community spirit. We have resided in Norbury (Pollards Hill) for over 30 years, having raised three children here. We have all benefited from living in a tranquil area with good neighbours, which provides great transport links."

March 2015


"Awesome views and fastest travelling needs."

January 2015

Local resident

"It's easy. People from all backgrounds rub along just fine. Feels a bit of a hidden gem but likely to change with a new swimming pool/gym and leisure centre and cinema too. Some great local treasures like Rosebery's auction house and South London Theatre and again, will become more of a destination as SLT are planning to do major restoration works to the theatre. Think Balham 15 years ago when it was at the tipping poi... more

April 2013


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"Located below an anonymous block of flats called Pear Tree House in Upper Norwood was a secret Civil Defence bunker from the Cold War. The bunker was not secret for long and was frequently daubed with CND stickers, before it was closed after pressure from the self-declared nuclear free Lambeth council in 1993."

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    SE27 is the postcode district in South East London incorporating the areas of West Norwood, Gipsy Hill (part), Norwood (part) and is covered by the Lambeth local authority.

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