A locals' guide to South London
"Streatham Common is the perfect place to hang out when the sun is shining."Stephanie Kele
"St Luke's Church, West Norwood was built in the early 19th century and sits at the top of Norwood High Street."Stephanie Kele
"The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic site amongst the beautiful greenery."Michael Schult
Where do South London locals go?
Classic hot and cold desserts, milkshakes and gelato served in a low-lit, purple and black setting.
Submitted by Natalie
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!
Submitted by Stephen
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.
Submitted by Stephen
A family business in Thornton Heath open for over 25 years and well known in the community, doing PC and TV sales and repairs.
Submitted by Mohsin
An excellent recently opened coffee shop in South Norwood with a relaxed atmosphere, serving brilliant coffee, cakes and lunch.
Submitted by James
Cut the Mustard
This delightful cafe between Tooting and Streatham is a real hidden gem. They have everything you would expect on a brunch menu and the portions are huge!
Submitted by Daisy
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.
Submitted by a local resident
This gastropub next to Streatham Common is fantastic! The décor is really cool, there's an impressive outdoor seating area with fires and the food is outstanding.
Submitted by Daisy
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!
Submitted by Thomas
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
South Norwood Lake and Grounds
Feeding the ducks on South Norwood Lake is a great way to escape city life.
Submitted by Alice
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"The Greek inspired necropolis at West Norwood cemetery has seen over 200,000 burials including such illustrious figures as cookery writer Mrs Beeton, the pioneer of the machine gun Sir Hiram Maxim and the head of the Doulton pottery dynasty who had an entire vault created from terracotta."
Explore South London
Child-friendly activities near South London
Stay and Play!Lattjo POP
Come and let loose in our cafe as we turn it into a playground for the children with music in the background while you enjoy your cake and coffee! A great session where the café area turns into a play room and children can explore freely and paly with the various toys around. Website
Songs and StoriesFayland Children's Centre
Come and take part in our new session focussed on music and movement . This activity aims to help children to: enjoy listening to stories together, develop concentration and language development, and have fun. Website
The ABC Ballet SchoolSt. James' Church Hall 236,
At The ABC Ballet School the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment whilst learning skills such as coordination musicality confidence building and imagination that will be beneficial in everyday life. Website
Rhythm-n-Babes@The Gorringe Park PubThe Gorringe Park Pub
Shake, sing, wiggle, meet Chirpy the chicken and friends, dance, and pop the bubbles. A stimulating and fun 45 mins of musical variety that your little one (and you) will love. Our fun & lively music classes are for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers based in Tooting, south London SW17. Website
Meadow Makers ClubGraveney & Meadow
This is a crafty club for toddlers and carers. Choose from toddler activities, projects to make together or craft something for yourself while baby is napping! Then enjoy a cuppa and some yummy freshly made Graveney and Meadow cake. The workshops are drop-in and all materials are provided. Cost £5 per child. Splash proof aprons will be provided, but these are messy play sessions so old clothes are advised. Website
Baby Rhyme TimeBalham Library
Baby Rhyme Time is half an hour of songs and rhymes. This session is for parents/carers and their children aged 0-3 years. Baby Rhyme Time gives you an opportunity to: make friends and socialise, listen to popular stories that will help your child learn, and help develop your child's imagination. There is no need to book just turn up. Please note these sessions are for members of Wandsworth libraries only. If you would like to join the library you will need to complete a library application form and provide a proof of identity and address. You will then be given a library membership card which will allow you to borrow items and attend this type of session. Website
A World of Stories at The Horniman MuseumThe Horniman Museum
Everyone loves a good story, and we have got some of the best storytellers in London to whisk you to faraway places and different times with fun and interactive sessions. Their stories, inspired by our exhibitions, festivals and nature bring the Museum's varied collections to life. So, join us in our Hands On Base for these enjoyable oral storytelling sessions to see why so many people across the world love listening to stories. Website
About South London
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Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- Thornton Heath
- West Norwood
- Crystal Palace
- Upper Sydenham
- Streatham Hill
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