Crystal Palace is crowned ‘best place to live in London’ – South London News

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Crystal Palace has been crowned the best place to live in London by The Times.

So, cue even more people flooding to the South London suburb to get a piece of the action.

There’s a sense of the paper telling locals what they already know: “A glow is coming back to this “village”-like location with its parks, period mansions, cool cafés, indie shops, strong schools (three outstanding primaries and three outstanding secondaries) and panoramic city views.”

However, it’s a picture that is sure to entice newcomers, if they can afford it, that is.

Trains into London Bridge take 20 minutes, reaching London Victoria in under 30 minutes.

Overground trains also connect South-east London to east and north London locations.

The Times reminds readers that Bohemian types have found inspiration here since the early 1870s, when the artist Camille Pissarro lived in Westow Hill.

It added: “Today, the three streets that make up the Westow Triangle make a welcoming impression all of their own.

“There’s an Everyman cinema, a fishmonger and a book seller”, it says.

London-based property developer, Essential Living, believes South London’s popularity is on the up, providing, “a perfect balance of the buzz of the city and more tranquil surroundings”.

It adds: “Filled with parks, sights and fun hang out spots, along with continually developing transport links into Central London, it’s more fruitful than ever for young professionals to seek living here.”

And there are six attractive hotspots drawing people in:

  • Brixton, a truly multi-cultural hive of activity and entertainment, as well as great transport links, including London Underground
  • Greenwich, steeped in maritime history, rich in green spaces, and home to the Royal Observatory, O2 Arena, Greenwich Market and Eltham Place
  • Peckham, once famous for its associations with the Trotters, but now possibly the trendiest place in South London, and a social scene drawing so many to locations such as Bussey Building
  • Clapham has been on the map for decades and continues to shine, both for youngsters and families alike.

Meanwhile, over in South West London, those with a healthy budget to spend, can head to:

  • Richmond, with its Georgian architecture, scenic rivers and buzzing café culture, or to
  • Wimbledon – home of tennis and the café society of Wimbledon Village. Transport links are plentiful, with the primary ones being the District line via Wimbledon Park or Southfields station, or the Northern line via South Wimbledon station.

Pictured: (Crystal Palace: Picture: Flickr/Stacey Shintani)

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