Area guide Crystal Palace

The magnificent glass palace from which it takes its famous name may be long gone, but Crystal Palace definitely retains its shine.

At the core of the lovely landscape is the 200-acre Crystal Palace Park – home to the National Sports Centre and several life-sized dinosaurs… just warn the kids!

If running away from the monsters leaves you breathless, the Crystal Palace triangle has the bars and restaurants, and the retail therapy, to settle the nerves.

You can relax at Haynes Lane Market, or with a cocktail at The Exhibition Rooms.

It’s also a great base for fans of live entertainment or the fresh open air. Canada Water and the Docklands is only a 20-minute train journey away, opening the door to the O2 Arena on the tube.

But if you want to stay at home and celebrate what’s on the doorstep, the Crystal Palace Overground Festival brings the community together in the name of arts, music and culture.

With its swathes of green spaces, terrific transport links and plethora of places to unwind, it’s crystal clear that Crystal Palace offers just about everything.

"Vibrant, verdant, bohemian, once occupied by Raymond Chandler and Emile Zola… Crystal Palace – an area thriving with new beginnings."

Claudia Crawley, CEO, Winning Pathways Coaching

Area Highlights

For a night out and cocktails, check out Cocktail Embassy on Westow Hill where you can create your own drink, or work your way through the diverse menu.

Visitors to Crystal Palace Park can enjoy the dinosaurs, get lost in the maze or visit the farm while Westow Park offers perfect peace and quiet.

Head to Westow Hill for the finest food and views – diners can look over London’s majestic skyline while sampling fine cuisine at Joanna’s, or go for the oriental option at Thai Crystal.

The Harris City Academy has an outstanding Ofsted rating, and the independent Virgo Fidelis Preparatory School is nearby.

Crystal Palace and Anerley are just over 20 minutes from Canary Wharf via the Overground, and only 15 minutes from East Croydon. Mainline Gypsy Hill also serves the area.