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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.

The Conquering Hero

The Conquering Hero

Totally the best Sunday roast and pint around.

The Railway Pub

The Railway Pub

Best pub quiz on a Tuesday night!!

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!

Cream's

Cream's

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

Selhurst Park

Selhurst Park

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

Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs

Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic sight!

West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre

West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre

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

Grangewood Park

Grangewood Park

Yet another great park in SE25 - a hidden gem.

Surrey Street Market

Surrey Street Market

Engrained in Croydon's history and open 6 days a week, you can pick up produce from pretty much any part of the world and it is also very cheap! My mum who still lives in Croydon is a fan of 3 bunches of bananas for only £1!

Joanna's Restaurant

Joanna's Restaurant

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

Pavilion

Pavilion

Traditional local fish and chip shop representing the best of British cuisine.

Gail's

Gail's

Fantastic olive bread and a great place to pick up a sneaky afternoon snack!

Railway Tavern

Railway Tavern

Home to the best bangers 'n' mash and one of the hardest pub quizzes, this pub offers a wide range of Indian pale ales. It's a stones throw from Bromley North Station, so it's perfect for commuters who fancy a pint after work.

Overton Park Recreation Ground

Overton Park Recreation Ground

The land spreads for miles giving you space and peace.

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

"Towering above the surrounding landscape, the Crystal Palace transmitting station is the fifth-tallest structure in London and was once the tallest before One Canada Square was built in 1991."

Mitcham Common is a beautiful area to explore and one that I love taking the dog to when the weather's nice.

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

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You can pop down to Herne Hill market on a Sunday and pick up some fresh produce or locally made clothing and accessories.

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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

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

The Shala - Postnatal Massage

The Shala
After the birth, post-natal massage can provide an invaluable opportunity for mother's to allow time for self-nurture. Ideally, all new mothers would have a massage as soon after birth as possible, to help the muscles release the muscle memory of labour, gently aid healing and help with spinal realignment. These are all important factors in helping your body to return to its pre-pregnancy state. Post-natal massage can be easily done with your baby tucked up beside you, or feeding. Website

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The 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

Under 1's Group

Fayland Children's Centre Triangle Site
Come and take part in a session aimed at the needs of very young babies. For parents/carers with babies under 1. Parents/carers will have a chance to: explore different activities with their child, meet other parents and little friends for their baby, and have fun. Please call for more information. Website

Stay and Play

Franciscan Children's Centre
Stay and Play sessions aim to help parents/carers learn how to include play in every day routines with their children. These sessions are for parents/carers and their children aged 0-5 years. Website

Story Telling with Floods of Ink (4-6yrs)

The Conservatoire
Come and learn the art of storytelling with Floods of Ink. We'll explore how we tell stories, creating our own beginnings, middles and ends. This course will be documented in pictures so parents can see what adventures their children have been on. Website

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