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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.

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.

Blackbird Bakery

Blackbird Bakery

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

Cut the Mustard

Cut the Mustard

Friendly! Lovely and good coffee.

Coffee Craft

Coffee Craft

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

Joanna's Restaurant

Joanna's Restaurant

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

The Whitgift Centre

The Whitgift Centre

There's a great choice of stores in The Whitgift Centre!

Hot Power Yoga

Hot Power Yoga

Hot Power Yoga has 2 sites they practice in, either in Lambeth College or at The Balance Studio on Gauden Road. The teachers are lovely and the times vary from 6:30am to 9pm so very flexible.

Olivelli

Olivelli

Great pizzas, pasta and fresh fish!

Pizza Metro

Pizza Metro

A cheerful Neapolitan restaurant with a wood burning oven famed for its metre-long pizzas and great social atmosphere and service.

Coach & Horses

Coach & Horses

An amazing little pub right on Barnes High Street.

Franco Manca

Franco Manca

Great tasting sourdough pizza in a bustling market environment.

Barnes Pond

Barnes Pond

Looking out over Barnes Pond, you feel as if you're living in the countryside...

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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

"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."

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

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

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

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Stay and Play!

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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

Playhouse Parent and Toddler Group

St. Albans Parish Hall,
Parent and toddler groups provide a place where parents/carers can take their young children to enjoy play activities and socialise. 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

Soft Play Tooting

Tooting Leisure Centre
A 2 storey soft play facility for children aged 18 months - 6 years, including a slide, ball pit and mini football area to help kids let off some steam! Children must be supervised by parents at all times whilst using the soft play area. First child £4.20, sibling £2.10 Website

The Grove Toddle Time

The Grove Children Centre
Play and craft sessions, songs and rhymes, time to meet other parents and carers. Website

Well Baby Clinic

Eastwood Children's Centre
At the Well Baby Clinic you can get advice and guidance about your child. These sessions are for parents/carers and young children aged 0-5 years. The clinic offers the chance for you to: discuss general health issues and worries about your child, have your child weighed, and get advice about feeding. Just drop in there is no need to book. You must bring: your personal child health record book, and your baby changing bag. Website

Perform Plus - Earlsfield

Earlsfield Baptist Church
Perform runs unique drama dance and singing based workshops as well as parties and holiday courses throughout London and the South East. Perform Plus is designed for children aged 7-12 years old. At Perform Plus 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

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