London area of Crystal Palace guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Crystal Palace neighbourhood

Named after the vast iron and glass hall that housed the Great Exhibition of 1851, Crystal Palace is a leafy area of south London which once was a part of the Great North Wood, a popular area for Londoners until it began to be built over in the 19th century. Local legend has it that Sir Francis Drake's ship, the Golden Hind, had its timbers cut from trees in this area. Crystal Palace used to be a notorious gypsy haunt, which explains the names of Gipsy Hill and local landmark Gipsy Tower, an eccentric private conversion and all that's left from an 18th century church which burnt down leaving just the 40-metre high tower. At 109 metres above sea level, Sydenham Hill is one of the highest locations in London and affords superb views back over the capital. There are also two television transmitter masts in the area which stand out on the horizon from many parts of London. The "Crystal Palace Triangle", formed by Westow Street, Westow Hill and Church Road, has a large number of restaurants and independent shops, as well as an indoor second hand market. The area retains much of its impressive Victorian architecture despite the arrival of many new-builds. The 200-acre Crystal Palace Park is home to the restored Dinosaur Park, the world's first ever theme park, and the National Sports Centre. The famous scene in The Italian Job where Michael Caine says "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" takes part on the Centre's athletics track.

See our recommended nearby Crystal Palace Hotels, and Pubs.

Crystal Palace Hotels

in or near Crystal Palace
ibis Styles London Croydon
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
585-589 London Road, CR7
ibis Styles London Croydon is located in central Thornton Heath, close to Croydon University Hospital, Selhurst Park Stadium, and Crystal Palace Stadium. Nearby points of interest ... More
 
 
 
Hampton by Hilton London Croydon
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
29/30 Dingwall Road, CR0
Located in the south of London, within easy travelling distance to the centre of the city, the Hampton by Hilton London Croydeon offers convenient and comfortable ... More
 
 
 
The Lansdowne Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
1 Lansdowne Road, CR9
The Lansdowne Hotel, Croydon has 42 comfortable bedrooms all with luxury toiletries, 'Hypnos' beds, iPod docking stations and complimentary WiFi. There is also a beauty therapy ... More
 
 
 

Crystal Palace Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Crystal Palace.
Westow House
London > Nightlife > Pubs
79 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, London SE19
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Postal Order
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Westow Street, Crystal Palace, London SE19
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