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Selhurst Park

Selhurst Park

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

Shelverdine Goathouse

Shelverdine Goathouse

A charming and homely pub with a good vibe. There are different bar areas each with its own character. Good selection of keg and cask ales and a open kitchen serving good, reasonably priced food. The staff are very friendly and the service good. It has a quiz night on Mondays, compered by a charming and entertaining quiz master.

Coffee Craft

Coffee Craft

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

The Portland Arms

The Portland Arms

Really good selection of beers/ales and some good wine... Chicken burger is great, too.

The Craft Beer Cabin

The Craft Beer Cabin

Cute little place with the biggest selection of craft beers I've found in ages.

Mantanah Thai Cuisine

Mantanah Thai Cuisine

An authentic Thai restaurant that has an amazing menu, offering good quality meat and vegetarian dishes.

South Norwood Country Park

South Norwood Country Park

Like having the countryside on your doorstep, it is a great place for a bike ride or a dog walk.

Grangewood Park

Grangewood Park

Yet another great park in SE25 - a hidden gem.

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast

Serving the best food from the motherland, Ghana! The jollof rice served with domedo (seasoned and spiced pork) is to die for... It reminds me of mummy's cooking!

Yeha Noha

Yeha Noha

Organic food, homemade stuff, including cakes and pastries, meditation evenings, live music at the weekends, an outside terrace and a really funky interior... Love it!!

South Norwood Lake and Grounds

South Norwood Lake and Grounds

Feeding the ducks on South Norwood Lake is a great way to escape city life.

Blue and Orange

Blue and Orange

A great restaurant - it's definitely my favourite in Thornton Heath!

Brown & Green Cafe

Brown & Green Cafe

Grab a quick snack and a coffee whilst at Crystal Palace Station.

Blackbird Bakery

Blackbird Bakery

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

Performance 360

Performance 360

Crossfit and personal training gym based in the heart of the Crystal Triangle. Always a hard workout.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Crystal Palace, Elmers End, Thornton Heath, Norwood, Norbury, Sydenham, Shirley Oaks, Upper Sydenham, Beckenham and Lower Sydenham

"Crystal Palace F.C. holds the record for the most relegations in the Premier League and subsequently the most promotions in the play-offs."

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

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Crystal Palace is a wonderful place for families, with quick commutes and the wide green spaces...

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Crystal Palace transmitting station is a beacon for the South.

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What locals say about South Norwood

  1. South Norwood is unpretentious, friendly, easy to get around and very green!

  2. South Norwood is vibrant and diverse. Residents have a civic pride in the area, which has many unique and quirky features. In 1966 the stolen World Cup was found here by Pickles the dog – an event celebrated by the South Norwood Tourist Board last year. In Tennyson Road there is a blue plaque marking the place where Arthur Conan Doyle once lived. Culturally we have an annual arts festival organised by SNAF (South Norwood Arts Festival). The Sensible Garden is a little oasis of calm and tranquility, and for broader vistas, see South Norwood lakes and the Country Park. We also have a monthly street market at the Clocktower, a varied selection of drinking holes to suit every taste and pocket. We have great transport links and schools and our very own Love Lane won the Play Street of the Year award 2016 (London Adventure Play Awards) demonstrating the locals commitment to making South Norwood a great area to bring up a family.

  3. I think that SE25 is so underrated....it has great transport links - trains to Victoria, London Bridge and Canary Wharf/ East London. South Norwood Country Park, lakes and the gym are all so handy. There are a few nice cafes - Yeha Noha, Coffee Craft, and pubs - Shelverdine Goat and The Portland Arms. We have a monthly market and a new gallery has just opened, too. It ticks all the boxes for me :)

  4. South Norwood is a great place to live, with a quick 12 minute commute to London Bridge, great cafes and the peaceful and pretty lakes area. And of course, the new Antic London pub opening on the high street this summer!

  5. We moved to South Norwood, 3 minutes from Norwood Junction Station, just over 3 years ago. It still amazes me how an area that has such fantastic transport links and a plethora of affordable housing stock can still remain relatively unknown amongst investors. We purchased our property as it offered us the space that we needed, including a nice sized garden, at a price that we could not match anywhere else in London. We have always felt that the area would prove popular in the future and could only be seen as an up and coming hotspot. Whilst we have seen some improvements in the time that we have lived here, progress seems to have been slow. If we could see investors and businesses take the plunge and open a few nice bars and restaurants then South Norwood would very quickly become one of London's BEST kept secrets.

  6. We have lived in South Norwood for two years and absolutely love it! The transport links are amazing and people are extremely friendly. Yeha Noha and Coffee Craft are lovely cafes offering good quality food and drinks at reasonable prices. Stanley Halls is the hub of the community and hosts all sorts of events!

  7. If you stop a stranger on the street to ask them something, like directions for example, it's like talking to a friend - people are so friendly and there is a real community feel!

  8. I love South Norwood because South Norwood Country Park is a great place for a bike ride or walking the dog.

  9. South Norwood has great transport links!

  10. South Norwood has excellent transport links to central London (some trains get to London bridge in 11 mins) and easy to get to Clapham, Victoria and Shoreditch. Gatwick is also easily accessible (20 to 30 mins on the train) and also to Brighton! Lots of green space (Grangewood Park, South Norwood Lakes and South Norwood Country Park to name a few) – with the odd kestrel flying overhead.

  11. South Norwood has great transport links and lots of nice local places for bike rides, like the Waterlink Way.

  12. After having lived in a lovely top floor flat in Streatham for several years, I found myself yearning for more space and the need to have a garden to enjoy the summer months. The property prices in the area had become rather high so I decided to look further-a-field. With a little research I discovered the hidden gem that people sometimes talk about, that is South Norwood. It wasn't an area I particularly knew much about and I was surprised to discover some stunning Victorian and Edwardian houses for relatively affordable money and initially wondered why? Despite reading some internet scare stories about the area, I decided that I would find out more and used to come at different times of the day and night to see what it was like. What I found was, despite the fact that the Portland Road and High Street are rather run down, the area was rather peaceful and a good place to consider moving to for some relaxation after a hard day at work. I was surprised to discover such lovely outside space with the county park and lakes area. It almost feels as though this is a little pocket of London that people have forgotten about - which is a great pity because it has so much going for it. So I found a very pretty Victorian cottage in a cul-de-sac and immediately fell in love with the house, and for the first time in my 20 years of having lived in London, I have discovered a real sense of community - I now know many of my neighbours and have enjoyed evenings with a number of them and have come to call them friends. I believe that this was one of the most sensible decisions in my life to move here (spring of 2012) and surely the only way is up for the high road – the potential is certainly here. I also love the accessibility into central London - the train and Overground service is second to none and I thoroughly recommend others to come and see for yourself what this area has to offer. Happy property searching and good luck!

  13. I love SE25 because it’s real and edgy and reminds me of how SW2 used to be 15 years ago and the best bits are: First, it has excellent transport links – I can be in London Bridge (or back home to SE25 from LB) in 11 minutes (occasionally 10 minutes). Or I can be in London Victoria in 28 minutes. Going away from London, it’s 4 minutes to East Croydon and then a 15 minute journey to Gatwick. The Overground service is great, I can be in Shoreditch in about 35 minutes. If I want to go out closer to home, then I just visit Crystal Palace up the road by bus. Then we have the Tram – one day they may extend it to Crystal Palace! Secondly, the parks are fantastic. South Norwood Country Park for picnics, walks, running, bird watching and having the feeling that you’re definitely not in London. South Norwood Lakes - great if you want to do a bit of sailing, fishing, watch cricket or play tennis, or generally just want to kick back! If I want to play tennis elsewhere, I can. There’s a tennis court (including basketball) in South Norwood Park. Also, there’s another park, which I haven’t been to yet, Heaver’s Meadow. Thirdly, there’s good community spirit. A great example is the Stanley Halls, where the community (Stanley People’s Initiative) have taken over this wonderful building and are turning into a hub for arts, business… for the community. South Norwood remains a location where you can still purchase good value residential (and commercial) property compared to other areas of London, which are deemed ‘fashionable’. Finally, I love my local Thai restaurant, Mantanah! Go on and check out the review. It’s a real gem, just like SE25!

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Child-friendly activities near South Norwood

Sing and Sign

LWS 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

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

Crafts Bee Craft Classes

Odeon Cinema
Crafts Bee offers a variety of craft classes including jewellery making Sewing silk Painting Cake Decorating Stained Glass Flower Arranging Knitting & Crochet Card making Quilting Gift Vouchers and Children's Craft Parties.

Spanish Toddler Club-'Here-for-Good' Centre

Here-for-Good Centre
¡Bienvenidos! is a Toddler Club for Spanish speaking parents bilingual families and anyone who wants to give their child a head start. It enables children to learn Spanish while having fun singing listening to stories dancing doing arts & crafts and playing games while using various multimedia. Website

Sensory playtime-Dulwich Wood

Dulwich Wood Children's Centre
Sensory Playtime' gives parents and children a chance to experience different activities designed to stimulate all their senses! Website

Indelible Studios Ballet & Street

Indelible Studios, Citygate Church
Fun, inspiring dance classes for children aged 18mths - 16 years. Classes are open to all abilities. You don't need to be an expert dancer, just willing to have a go and have fun learning. Great way to develop fitness. Website

Dulwich Wood Parent and Toddler

Dulwich Wood Children's Centre
-Meet other parents with toddlers -Take a break from the house -Play with our huge range of toys -Enjoy the amazing grounds -Tap into sources of support -Help your child get ready for nursery school Website

About South Norwood

South Norwood is situated in South London, in the London Borough of Croydon. It is located towards the northern end of the borough, and borders the London Borough of Bromley. The south-eastern side of the district is dominated by the 125-acre (0.51 km2) country park which opened in 1989. At the northern end of the town is South Norwood Lake which is used by the Croydon Sailing Club and local anglers who fish for carp, bream and perch. There are two secondary schools in the area along with a public leisure centre. South Norwood has a high street which forms part of Selhurst Road, and which includes a number of banks, estate agents and coffee houses. It is a commuter district, with many residents travelling to either the financial and insurance districts of Croydon or the City of London for employment via the large railway station. South Norwood and surrounding areas are covered by the London SE25 postcode.

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