One of south London’s smallest towns provides a neighbourhood with quirky shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and well-connected transport links. Oh, and let’s not forget the affordable rental prices.
West Norwood sits right next to Tulse Hill (to the point that most people don't know where one starts and the other begins). They're essentially joined at the hip.
The SE27 postcode also neighbours a bunch of popular areas too: West Dulwich, Dulwich Village, Herne Hill, Brixton, Streatham and Crystal Palace are all nearby. Plus, there are plenty of green spaces to add a tranquil vibe to surrounding neighbourhoods.
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Situated in the London Borough of Lambeth, West Norwood is located just over five miles from Charing Cross. Part of West Norwood sits on hilltops, which means that many properties have prominent views of the City of London and Canary Wharf.
Initially called “Great North Wood” (a name used for the hilly and wooded areas of Croydon), then “Lower Norwood”, the area eventually went on to become known as West Norwood - a name it recieved in the middle of the 19th century. Norwood High Street contained the earliest reference to shops and has remained the central shopping hub of the area to this day.
Much of West Norwood was damaged during both World Wars. Today, many parts of SE27 have been declared conservation areas, including the area around the cemetery, Lancaster Avenue and Rosendale Road
The 2011 census shows that West Norwood has a population of just over 31,000. However, that number has undoubtedly grown over the years. There is a fairly even spread of both sexes, with 51 percent female and 49 percent male.
Renting in West Norwood
The overwhelming majority of properties in West Norwood are from the Victorian era, many of which have been converted into flats. There is also a sprinkling of new developments, though regeneration hasn’t been as forthcoming as other areas - mainly due to the small size of the town.
A one-bedroom apartment in West Norwood fetches around £1,100 per month and a two-bed property achieves in the region of £1,480. Three-bed-and-up properties average between £2,200 and £3,000.
West Norwood Travel
West Norwood is well connected with the train station serviceing London Bridge, Victoria, West Croydon and Clapham Junction. Tulse Hill station is also nearby and has direct trains to London Bridge as well as St Albans in Hertfordshire. Local bus services are available, with routes to Brixton, Herne Hill, Streatham and Crystal Palace. The no.2 bus also goes stragiht to central London.
West Norwood Eateries
The Garden is one of West Norwood’s most popular restaurants and serves up authentic Italian cuisine. They use mainly Italian products, fresh vegetables and daily meat from the local markets. Enjoy an excellent range of pasta and sourdough pizzas.
Address: 31 Knight's Hill, West Norwood, London SE27 0HS
Just a stone’s throw away from Tulse Hill is where you will find Park’s Edge Bar and Kitchen, a restaurant that serves up British classics with a touch of modernity. Eat, drink, relax and enjoy great food at Park’s Edge Bar and Kitchen.
Address: 49 - 51 Norwood Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9AA
Grab a bite and enjoy a hot brew at Pintadera Cafe. There are freshly prepared main courses that include pasta, salads, ciabattas and paninis. Cheese and meat lovers will want to try the artisan cheese boards and a selection of cured hams and salamis.
Address: 50 Knight's Hill, West Norwood, London SE27 0JD
Things to do in West Norwood
Despite its small size, there are a fair few things to do in West Norwood, such as paying a visit to The Clockworks. This unique studio combines a museum, workshop, library, and meeting space all under one roof. The Clockworks offers a chance to explore a collection of artefacts, books and journals, all related to the story of electric time.
The former West Norwood library reopened its doors as a picture house, bringing a cinema to West Norwood for the first time in almost one hundred years. Catch the latest movies, or hire the venue out for your own private screening.
Founded in 1910, the South London Botanical Institute features a botanical garden and runs a variety of courses, workshops, school visits and events. Known as “the hidden little gem of Tulse Hill”, a visit to the gardens shelter tender plants and has themed beds and a new moss trail.
Moving to West Norwood
Good transports, a selection independent restaurants and cafes, and properties with charm provide West Norwood with its own distinct feel. If you’re looking for a quaint London postcode to call your home, the SE27 postcode should be high on your list.
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