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The Conquering Hero

The Conquering Hero

Totally the best Sunday roast and pint around.

The Rookery

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.

Norwood Grove House

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 Railway Pub

The Railway Pub

Best pub quiz on a Tuesday night!!

Cream's

Cream's

Classic hot and cold desserts, milkshakes and gelato served in a low-lit, purple and black setting.

Crystal Palace Aquarium

Crystal Palace Aquarium

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

Crystal Palace Park

Crystal Palace Park

A fantastic spot for enjoying the sunshine!

La Gastronomia

La Gastronomia

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

Le Tour de France

Le Tour de France

The best fresh coffee, croissants and bread. Lovely family-owned independent. Get there early for their bread and croissants - they sell out fast.

Grangewood Park

Grangewood Park

Yet another great park in SE25 - a hidden gem.

Coffee Craft

Coffee Craft

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

Boqueria

Boqueria

Best tapas restaurant in London!

Satay Bar

Satay Bar

Happy hour cocktails and a range of dishes and cuisines from all over South East Asia.

Charter Market

Charter Market

Fresh fruit and veg, as well as some other great bargains!

Shirley Windmill

Shirley Windmill

Guided tours and a visitor centre explaining the milling process, it's a great day out for the family.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Norbury, Thornton Heath, Norwood, Streatham, West Norwood, Crystal Palace, Croydon, Mitcham, Upper Sydenham and Streatham Hill

"The area around Mitcham was used for lavender growing, which made it a popular settlement during times of plague. It was said that the area had a 'soothing air'."

Streatham Common is the perfect place to hang out when the sun is shining.

Stephanie Kele

There's such a buzz around Goldsmiths University..12 minutes to Charing Cross, easy road connections to Essex and property that provides excellent value...

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Chris Venter

Wandle Park in Collier's Wood is a great place to take a picnic or walk the dog.

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The ABC Ballet School

St. 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

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

Postnatal Group

Faylands Childrens Centre
This is a group for parents with young babies where they can make friends and get support from other parents in a similar situation. This group is for mothers and fathers who have a baby under the age of 1 year. At the group parents can get help from a professional about: weaning, First Aid, and sleep routines. There is no need to book please drop in. Website

Tin Pan Annie Music

St Luke's Church
Fabulous fun real music classes accompanied by guitar, packed full of action songs, rhymes, puppets, stories, percussion and bubbles. Written by child music education expert, designed to educate, stimulate, boost confidence and encourage social skills. Our well-loved team of Tin Pan teachers are all talented musicians with that special sparkle to engage children on a journey of imagination with the loveable Tin Pan Annie ragdoll in our innovative themed classes. Website

Perform - Balham

The Parish Church of St Mary & St John The Divine
Perform runs unique drama dance and singing based workshops as well as parties and holiday courses throughout London and the South East. It is designed for children aged 4-8 years old. At Perform classes children can: meet children in their age group and make new friends, learn as they sing dance and play, improve their confidence and self-esteem, and be active and improve their health. You can contact Perform for further information to book your free first session and to sign your child up for a class. There is a termly fee for classes and places must be booked in advance. Children attending the classes will need comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear as there is a lot of movement involved. Website

Tingalingo French Classes

Rye Books
Tingalingo classes combine music, songs, rhymes, stories and play in French, for pre-school children. Learning another language should be fun. And research shows that being introduced to a second language at a young age makes it easier to learn others at a later stage and also helps the development of academic skills. With that in mind, Tingalingo was born. Places are limited, so it's first come first served! £50 for 5 weeks or £12 for drop-in Website

Sticky Fingers

Southmead Centre for Children and Families
A time for you and your child to enjoy getting messy and artistic. This is a chance to: have fun through messy play, be able to explore different textures and materials, and enable parents to meet other parents/carers with children the same age. Website

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