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Sydenham Hill

A locals' guide to Sydenham Hill

"Crystal Palace transmitting station is a beacon for the South."

Simon Darvill

"Everything that you need; a gym and supermarkets by the station, villages bakers, lovely pubs and beautiful parks..."

Michael Schult

"Forest Hill's elevation ensures outstanding views towards the centre of the capital!"

Jennifer Purchase

What is your favourite place?

Where do Sydenham Hill locals go?

Horniman Museum and Gardens

A quirky, free, family-friendly museum and gardens.

Mayow Park

With a bowling green, play area and cricket pitches, Mayow Park is a great place to chill out at the weekend.

Cherry & Ice

A café serving delicious ice creams and milkshakes with the friendliest staff - they're so lovely and helpful and always make me feel welcome.

Crystal Palace Park

A fantastic spot for enjoying the sunshine!

Brown & Green Cafe

This charming cafe sells delicious cakes and fried breakfasts. It's a great spot to visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon or after a jog around Mayow Park!

Brown & Green Cafe

Grab a quick snack and a cup of coffee from this independent kiosk whilst on your daily commute.

La Gastronomia

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

The Shop Revolution Marketplace

The Shop Revolution Marketplace host lots of unique events like poetry and craft nights, with all the items they sell produced by independent designers and jewellery makers. This picture was taken at a Miss Victoria's Floral Emporium flower arranging workshop.

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre has everything you would want, from a pool, to a gym, to exercise classes.

Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are a fantastic sight!

The Crystal Palace Market

A unique culinary experience - choose your fresh produce from the market and then watch it be prepared into a tasty meal.

The Exhibition Rooms

Beautifully prepared British meals made using the freshest ingredients, this restaurant is perfect for a special occasion!

Brown & Green Cafe

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

Pizza at the Palace

Serving great pizzas, I've been going to this restaurant for 25 years!

Joanna's Restaurant

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

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Upper Sydenham, Sydenham, Crystal Palace, Norwood, East Dulwich, Forest Hill, Dulwich, West Norwood, Peckham Rye and Catford

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"London's tollgates are no longer in use bar one, which belongs to The Dulwich Estate and allows access to their private section of College Road."

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Child-friendly activities near Sydenham Hill

Breastfeeding Support

Eliot Bank Baby Cafe
Come along to the breastfeeding cafe for a friendly welcome and refreshments as well as support and information to help you breastfeed your baby.

A World of Stories at The Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum
Everyone loves a good story, and we have got some of the best storytellers in London to whisk you to faraway places and different times with fun and interactive sessions. Their stories, inspired by our exhibitions, festivals and nature bring the Museum's varied collections to life. So, join us in our Hands On Base for these enjoyable oral storytelling sessions to see why so many people across the world love listening to stories. Website

Farmer's Market

The Horniman Museum
A locally sourced locally sold market selling vegetables meat fish bread flowers hot food and much more. 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

Busy Bees at The Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum
Activities change every week, with creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, simple art and craft, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun, created with very young children and their carers in mind. On Tuesdays: Session passes for the first two sessions are available from the main entrance at 10.30am. The first 30 children waiting at the entrance to the Hands on Base at 12pm will be admitted into the third session. On Wednesdays: Session passes for the first two sessions are available from the Gardens Pavilion at 10.30am. The first 30 children waiting at the entrance to the Pavilion at 12pm will be admitted into the third session. Website

Toddlers Friday at School

Dulwich Wood Primary
Dulwich Wood Primary Toddler Group is a friendly and welcoming parent and toddler group which aims to make both parents and toddlers feel comfortable and included. We are open for anyone with a toddler and often have dads as well as mums taking part. We cater for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and have toys and activities suitable for each age range. We welcome you with free play where the children have plenty of time to interact and socialise. This is followed by a structured music time and then we finish with our popular parachute play and bubbles. Website

Art Markers at The Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum
Have fun with different art techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman's collections or seasonal celebrations. Website
  1. About Sydenham Hill

    Sydenham Hill is a hill or ridge and a locality in South-East London and the name of a road which runs along the northern eastern part of the ridge and forms the boundary between the London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Bromley and the London Borough of Lewisham. The highest part of the hill is also one of the highest points in London at 367 feet (112 m). The road connects the A205 road in the north-east at Forest Hill with the A212 road to the south-west at Crystal Palace. Sydenham Hill railway station, Sydenham Hill Wood nature reserve and Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Golf course are located to the west and within Southwark. As well as Southwark and Lewisham, the London boroughs of Lambeth, Croydon and Bromley all have part of the hill in their jurisdiction. The hill was once covered by the Great North Wood. In the 19th Century it was home to the spa and health resort of Sydenham Wells, and in 1854, the Crystal Palace was relocated from Hyde Park and re-erected at Penge Place on the south-western end of the ridge. A number of large residential properties were built along Sydenham Hill in the 19th century, including Grange Court (1861), The Wood (1840), Dilkhoosh (now Fountain House) (1864), Highfield (1855), The Cedars (1894), Sydenham Hill House (1898), Dulwich Wood House (1858), Beltwood House (1851) and Castlebar (1879).

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