Area guide West Norwood

Set between Streatham to the west and Crystal Palace to the east, West Norwood is a hidden gem that has much to offer.

Norwood Road is the main artery of this vibrant mini-metropolis, where you can shop for everything from fashion to fresh fish (the lovely Whittaker’s fishmongers), and take in a performance at the South London Theatre.

If you’re keen on shabby chic and all things vintage, check out the Rosebery auctions set in a converted cinema, and don’t miss the monthly West Norwood Feast street market, brimming with everything from food to homemade goods.

There are plenty of places to enjoy fresh air too. Norwood Park offers perfect panoramic views of the London skyline, an outdoor gym and a club for toddlers, while the Victorian gothic West Norwood Cemetery is a peaceful place for a weekend walk.

From the traditional to the modern, and everything in between, West Norwood is a shining example of an up and coming community where the future is bright.

"The best thing about West Norwood is the sense of community. This stems from the West Norwood Feast, which turns the whole town into an open air market on the first Sunday of every month"

Anna Hindocha, Photographer – Warm Glow Photography

Area Highlights

Check out The Railway Tavern for live music, or The Paxton where the kids can run amok in the dedicated play area while you enjoy a Sunday roast.

Dog lovers converge on Norwood Park for a hot drink at the Hungry Hippo Café for the adults, and a chance to bust some moves at the skatepark for the younger generation.

Norwood Road has the complete range for a discerning diner, whether your taste is Portuguese (O Girasol), Thai (Thaicoons), Chinese (Jade Garden), Indian (Taste of Bangla) or contemporary British pub grub (Knowles).

Ofsted rates Kingswood Primary School as outstanding and The Elmgreen School as good.

West Norwood is served by two train stations – West Norwood and Tulse Hill – both within half an hour of central London. The London Overground, serving east London and the DLR, is one stop away at Crystal Palace.