A locals' guide to South London
"Streatham Common is the perfect place to hang out when the sun is shining."Stephanie Kele
"The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic site amongst the beautiful greenery."Michael Schult
"Clapham Junction is the busiest station in Britain measured by the number of trains passing through there every day."Stephanie Kele
Where do South London locals go?
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
Classic hot and cold desserts, milkshakes and gelato served in a low-lit, purple and black setting.
Submitted by Natalie
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
Crystal Palace Aquarium
Everything you need for your fish and reptile needs, even little critters like locusts!
Submitted by Thomas
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!
Submitted by Emlyn
Mocktails and cocktails whilst enjoying lovely views of the City from the top of Crystal Palace Triangle.
Submitted by Alice
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.
Submitted by Daisy
The Exhibition Rooms
Beautifully prepared British meals made using the freshest ingredients, this restaurant is perfect for a special occasion!
Submitted by Shanola
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
Miller & Carter
A steak restaurant on Mitcham Common also serving fish dishes and burgers.
Submitted by Helen
A great place for an early morning run, where you feel like you aren't even in London - yet you are only 10 minutes from central London on the Victoria line. There are tennis courts, a gym and a Lido too if running isn't your thing.
Submitted by Poppy
A cosy little restaurant in South Croydon with fantastic service and great food! Make sure you ring up in advance and request a booth when you book to experience the uniqueness of this restaurant.
Submitted by Kelly
Awesome place for a burger and definitely some of the best in London.
Submitted by Oliver
K & K Butchers and Grocers
On the corner of Choumert Road and Rye Lane there is K&K Butchers, which sells fresh produce, meats, fish, fruits and vegetables.
Submitted by Emlyn
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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
Small group or individual classes taught in a private house in Streatham with the pool heated to a minimum temperature of 30°C. Website
Parent and Toddler GroupTooting Junction Baptist Church
Parent and toddler groups provide a place where parents/carers can take their young children to enjoy play activities and socialise. Website
Tiny TunesWilliam Morris House
Come & join our song, rhyme and fun bubble sessions for pre-school children. No need to book just turn up!! PAY AS YOU GO !! Hide under a parachute, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs we will get you dancing to some of the well known pop classics ! 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
Baby Rhyme TimeBattersea Park Library
Baby Rhyme Time is a lively session of songs and rhymes with action for babies and toddlers and their carers. This session is for parents / carers and their children aged 0 - 2 years. Families can: come and make friends, learn and sing songs 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 the Wandsworth libraries only. 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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