Living in Crystal Palace: what it’s really like in ‘the best place to live in London’

Crystal Palace was named the best place in London to live. It is named after the Victorian Crystal Palace Exhibition Building, which was built in 1854. It is also known for its park, football team, and the “Triangle” concentration of independent coffee shops, pubs, and restaurants. There is also an Everyman movie theater. According to Halifax, Crystal Palace house prices average at GBP526,000 and have experienced 17 percent growth since 2020. London Bridge is only 20 minutes away, while London Victoria is a 28-minute drive. The UK-wide list includes five other London areas, which was published today. They are: King’s Cross (Victoria Park), Hanwell, New Malden, and Teddington, last year’s winner. Hanwell, located in Ealing on Ealing’s long-awaited Elizabeth Line, as well as New Malden, which is split between Kingston, Merton, are featured for the first time. You can’t capture the spirit of a place if you leave it to statistics. To understand this, you must visit the place to feel the ‘you have got to be there’ feeling. “Is the pub dog friendly?” Can you live without a car? What are the schools and houses like. It is multi-generational and multicultural. Does it offer a good quality of life for many different people? Anna Jacobs, a local artist and interiors expert, has fallen in love the south London community since moving there with her children. Here’s what Anna Jacobs had to say about living in the new capital’s best place to call home. I feel more connected to the community here than anywhere else. Because of the amazing creative community and enthusiasm, I founded Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House in 2019. We are taking a break due to Covid, but we will be back in 2022. Where to eat and drinkThere are many great independent places in the Triangle. It is where three high streets intersect at Crystal Palace. Coopers is a bakery and bar by day, while Varanda has taken over an abandoned building and served great Mexican street food. The Alma is a great place to enjoy an al fresco beverage. It is located right in the middle of the ‘Triangle’. The Alma also has an all-weather beer garden that is hidden behind the restaurant. The Crystal Palace Park is huge. This is where the Crystal Palace was relocated after the Great Exhibition. Before then, it was known as Penge Place. Westow Park is a beautiful park with a wonderful dog-walking community. It’s also great for children. South Norwood Lakes are beautiful and you can sail with Croydon Sailing Club. Working outBritish military fitness has a new location at Crystal Palace Park, run by two ex-paratroopers. They provide the same encouragement to 18-75-year-olds. The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre offers something unique. My son goes to Deep Dish beach volleyball at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Team GB also train there so it’s a great atmosphere. The old cinema was closed for eight years due to local pressure. Now it is an Everyman. It hosts the Crystal Palace International Film Festival in March. The Crystal Palace International Film Festival will be held later this year in September. The awards show will be hosted by comedian Johnny Vegas / Adrian LourieDream StreetIf I’m being honest, my flat is almost my dream home. It’s a gorgeous Victorian house in the middle of everything. It is close to the Triangle. It has a large garden and backs onto Stambourne Woods which is a hidden paradise. The Harold Road is also beautiful, with large, posh homes overlooking the recreation grounds. There are buses that take people straight to Brixton, and trains that take you to Victoria, London Bridge, or Canary Wharf. You can also get a train from Crystal Palace or Gipsy Hill. It’s also accessible via the Overground network. While the hills of Crystal Palace can be intimidating for cyclists, they offer some of the most spectacular views of London’s skyline. / Adrian LourieGrocery shoppingCrystal Palace’s Food Market is almost like a mini-Borough Market. Crystal’s Cookies is run and baked by a man who brings the cookies out fresh to sell at the stall. Sainsbury’s offers free parking to Triangle shoppers, which is a huge boost for local shops. It’s a shame because it’s that uniqueness that attracts people.Crystal Palace is a popular and leafier choice for creatives wishing to escape the steep rents of more central neighbourhoods / Adrian LourieIn three words Creative, community, green.SchoolsPrimaries Rockmount, David Livingstone Academy, Paxton Primary and St Joseph’s RC Junior School are all rated outstanding by Ofsted. Secondary pupils will find Harris City Academy outstanding, while nearby secondary schools are rated ‘good’.