Ten reasons why South Norwood is one of the best places to live in London


1. Stanley Halls: Stanley Halls was designed, built and funded by local inventor and philanthropist Sir William Stanley between 1903 and 1911.  Today, thanks to local groups, Stanley Halls has once again become the hub of the community hosting theatre workshops, weekly shows, live music and film nights. To book please visit: www.stanleyhalls.org.uk

2. Norwood Junction Train Station: Formally named the Jolly Sailor, the larger and  active Norwood Junction is only a few minutes to London Bridge and much less to Croydon.  Twinned with the Overground places like Canary Wharf, Hoxton and Shoreditch are only a short hop away.

3. South Norwood Country Park: One of South Norwood's five parks, the country park is home to a lake and much wildlife while remaining a key site for nature conservation. Much history surrounds South Norwood's 125 acre Country Park. Walks and tours are available: www.friendsofsncp.org.uk

4. Sherlock Holmes: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes, lived in South Norwood. Following his death in 1920 his house still stands on Tennison Road displaying its legendary blue plague.

5. South Norwood Lake: A park hosing the largest lake in the area. The lake is used by Croydon Sailing Clubs. There is an cricket pavilion next to the lake that was once the setting for a cricket match between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and W.G Grace's teams. 

6. Selhurst Park: The home of football in South London, Selhurst Park was opened in 1924 and has undergone a number of transformations. It is now set to be redeveloped after Crystal Palace secured promotion to the Premier League. 

7. BRIT School: On the edge of South Norwood's Selhurst is the BRIT School that produced such artists as Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua and Adele.

8. Pubs: There are over sixteen good pubs and social clubs in South Norwood with another opening on Portland Road shortly. See all local pubs.

9: South Norwood Festival: South Norwood has a festival every June/July of which over five thousand local people attend.  The festival is held in the local recreation ground near Norwood Junction and supports live music, arts, children's activities and local charities: www.sncfest.org

10. Norwood Junction Subway: The subway is the first reinforced concrete foot tunnel in the world. It was created to link the two sides of South Norwood, either side of Norwood Junction.


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