A locals' guide to South Norwood
"The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic site amongst the beautiful greenery."Michael Schult
"Crystal Palace is a wonderful place for families, with quick commutes and the wide green spaces..."Martin Debrah
"Crystal Palace transmitting station is a beacon for the South."Simon Darvill
Where do South Norwood locals go?
The Portland Arms
Really good selection of beers/ales and some good wine... Chicken burger is great, too.
Submitted by M
An excellent recently opened coffee shop in South Norwood with a relaxed atmosphere, serving brilliant coffee, cakes and lunch.
Submitted by James
Mantanah Thai Cuisine
An authentic Thai restaurant that has an amazing menu, offering good quality meat and vegetarian dishes.
Submitted by Rachel
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!
Submitted by Emlyn
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!!
Submitted by Jacqueline
A great day out for all the family watching Crystal Palace FC play at their home ground.
Submitted by Nick
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.
Submitted by Carole
South Norwood Country Park
Like having the countryside on your doorstep, it is a great place for a bike ride or a dog walk.
Submitted by Jon
South Norwood Lake and Grounds
Feeding the ducks on South Norwood Lake is a great way to escape city life.
Submitted by Alice
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
Brown & Green Cafe
Grab a quick snack and a coffee whilst at Crystal Palace Station.
Submitted by Joe
Open early in the morning, pop into this cafe for a delicious coffee and pastry.
Submitted by Alice
Crossfit and personal training gym based in the heart of the Crystal Triangle. Always a hard workout.
Submitted by Thomas
Why do you find South Norwood a great place to live?
"South Norwood is unpretentious, friendly, easy to get around and very green!"
"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 ... more
"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 :) "
"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!"
"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 al... more
"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!"
"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!"
"I love South Norwood because South Norwood Country Park is a great place for a bike ride or walking the dog."
"South Norwood has great transport links!"
"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. "
"South Norwood has great transport links and lots of nice local places for bike rides, like the Waterlink Way."
"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 abo... more
"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,... more
What do you like about South Norwood?
Did you know?
"Poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived in Dagnell Park, South Norwood, SE25."
Explore South Norwood
Child-friendly activities near South Norwood
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
Crafty CooksBraziliana 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 ClassesOdeon 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' CentreHere-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 WoodDulwich 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 & StreetIndelible 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 ToddlerDulwich 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.
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- Crystal Palace
- Elmers End
- Thornton Heath
- Shirley Oaks
- Upper Sydenham
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