West Norwood and Tulse Hill
West Norwood and Tulse Hill are predominantly residential suburbs, well served with parks and open spaces. They offer local bars and restaurants, as well many independent and high street shops. For such a small London suburb, West Norwood has some cultural sites to offer for those weekend strolls.
West Norwood High Street offers many independent shops as well as large named food stores such as Somerfield, Tesco, Iceland and Sainsbury's.
The following banks can also be found on the high street:
Abbey National, Barclays and National Westminster.
Doctors & Dentists - Many within the immediate local area, for more details on surgeries in the West Norwood area please click on our welcome pack link at the bottom of the page or search on www.yell.com.
Sports & Fitness - The West Norwood area does not have many gyms to offer, however newly opened Holmes Place teamed up with Virgin Active in Streatham which holds all of the latest gym equipment, classes, spa facilities and swimming pool. ((020 8769 8686)
London Borough of Lambeth - The local council offers a range of services from council tax to refuge collection.
London Borough of Lambeth Council, Town Hall, Brixton Hill SW2 1RW. www.lambeth.gov.uk. ((020 7926 1000)
Parking - The majority of the West Norwood area has free parking, however some roads do require parking permits. Permits if needed can be obtained from parking shops or at a customer centre. Application forms can also be obtained from the RK Accommodation office.
Post Office - West Norwood Post Office, 12 Knights Hill, London SE27 9AU. ((020 8670 1809)
Library - West Norwood Library offers books, DVD's, video's and CD's for loan and free use of computers for internet use.
Launderettes - Wash 'N' Roll - 254 Norwood Road, London SE27 9AJ. ((020 8488 0800)
Hospitals - St George's is the nearest and largest hospital with an A&E department, Blackshaw Road SW17 0QT.
((020 8672 1255)
Brixton Police Station - 367 Brixton Road, Brixton SW9 7DD. ((020 7326 1212)
Streatham Police Station - 101 Streatham High Road, SW16 1HJ. ((020 8678 1212)
In emergencies you should call 999.
Rail - West Norwood Railway Station services are run by Southern Rail, running to Victoria, London Bridge, West Croydon and Crystal Palace.
Tulse Hill Railway station offers a larger number of links to Streatham and Wimbledon. Both stations are in zone 3 offering easy access into Central London.
Bus - West Norwood has bus services running into London stopping at many main train stations including Euston, Marylebone, Victoria and Elephant & Castle. Services also run to the neighbouring Brixton, Streatham, Crystal Palace and Croydon. For more routes from West Norwood and Tulse Hill look on www.tfl.gov.uk.
There are a few local bars and restaurants in West Norwood; however most nightly entertainment can be found in the neighbouring Brixton, Clapham and Streatham.
Here are a few of the area's recommended restaurants:
The Railway - Fresh food in a chilled out atmosphere 7 Station Rise, London SE27 9BW. ((020 8674 4101)
Indigo - West Norwood's popular Indian restaurant 101 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich SE27 8EZ. ((0871 426 7244)
Perfect Blend - This flagship restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and incredible food to suit any palate. A definite favourite - 8-9 Streatleigh Parade, Streatham High Road, SW16 3PX. ((020 8674 9923)
For visual entertainment West Norwood's most local cinemas are:
The Ritzy in Brixton ((020 773 3229) or the Odeon on Streatham High Road. ((0871 224 4007)
The South London Theatre which covers a diverse range of productions. 2a High Street, West Norwood, SE27 9NS. Box Office: ((020 8670 3474)
West Norwood's only nightclub Ego can be found at 82 Norwood High Street, SE27 9NW. ((020 8761 5200)
Parks - Norwood Park is situated on one of the highest points in Lambeth and offers some amazing views across South London. Norwood Park has an open feel balanced by avenues or copses of native and ornamental tree, as well as a wildlife area to the north of the site.
This park has a dog free children's play area, paddling pool, a large multi use games court and a small wildlife community garden.
Saturday Food Market - Along the side of West Norwood High Street's pavement, this market offers stalls selling different food and drink treats.
November - Fireworks, this is located on Streatham Common on or around the 5th November, as one of the 3 large displays held by Lambeth Council this is an impressive display for those of all ages.
History of West Norwood
This high ground was once completely covered with trees as part of native woodland know as the Great North Wood which covered over 1400 acres of the old county of Surrey. Before 1885 West Norwood was known as Lower Norwood, in contrast to Upper Norwood and South Norwood. These areas were created as a result of the enclosure acts which divided up the Great North Wood, hence the name Norwood.
History of Tulse Hill
The name of the area comes from the Tulse family, who came into the ownership of farmland in the area in 1650's. A member of the Tulse family married Richard Onslow, and the land remained in Onslow ownership until 1789 when most of it was purchased by William Cole. The estate was then divided on Cole's death in 1807 leading to the creation of Tulse Hill and Brockwell Park.
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