Streatham Common

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Streatham Common
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The glorious green end of the south London neighbourhood.


Venue name: Streatham Common
Address: Streatham High Road
SW16 3EN
Transport: Rail: Streatham
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Situated between Streatham and Norwood, Streatham common is a mass of green space that is hard to miss. I have lived in and around the area for over 20 years and so have spent a lot of time on the common. I have attended festivals, fun fairs, bonfire nights and even school sports days on the common and it is easy to forget that you are surrounded by busy roads, even more so if you venture up to the rookery.

I imagine it is usually an oasis of calm strolling around the paths of the rookery but I attended on the last day of term when the children were chasing each other around with the buzz of the beginning of the summer holidays, because of the crowds I avoided the café area but will definitely be going back throughout the holidays to explore further.


Streatham common is an attractive green space in South London. The grass on the Northern and Western section is maintained and dotted with trees. It looks very pretty sloping upwards towards the rookery from the A23. On summer weekends it is crowded with people, flying kites, having picnics or just chilling out. This part often has events running when the weather is warm

The eastern side is left in a more natural state. It has many oak trees, some beautiful old cedars, and from crown point some wide views towards London and Croydon. The Rookery Café is at the edge between the two sections.

The Common is surprisingly big - over two kilometres along the perimeter from its northwestern corner to the northeastern one. 

Worth a visit if you are in South London on a sunny day.


Love this Common, definitely an underrated gem. The common itself is on a hill with a beautiful copse at the top. The woodland is predominately oak and looks stunning, especially in the autumn! If you keep going up towards Norwood, the Common continues for ever. There's a beautiful White House at the centre with an ornamental garden and acres of space. It's dog-friendly, family-friendly and exercise-friendly too. Visit to Rookery Café too!