Crystal Palace occupies a privileged position in the topography of London – one of the highest points in the city, at 367 feet. The views, consequently, are amazing and the streets steep. The hub of the community is the central triangle formed by the one-way system of Church Road, Westow Hill and Westow Street, lined with pubs, restaurants like Joanna's and Exhibitions Rooms, and independent shops. Vintage is big here and the area is best on a Sunday morning, when junk shops and stalls spill out on to the pavements of Church Road. The glass palace that gave the area its name burnt down back in 1936 but the accompanying park is still a local asset with its famous dinosaurs and National Sports Centre.
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Eight brilliant reasons to go and explore Crystal Palace this weekend
Crystal Palace has it all – it’s leafy, eccentric, unpretentiously bohemian, easy to navigate and just 20 minutes by train south of central London. Its appeal is driven largely by its countless vintage boutiques, designer coffee shops, giddy antique dealers, knockout restaurants, and regular oh-so-fabulous continental food markets. Aside from its illustrious history (remember that big old glass palace that burned down?) a visit to Crystal Palace guarantees some gorgeous views of London and gives you the chance to meet plenty of nice local folk who are ready to draw you into the warm bosom of proper south-London society. So here are eight brilliant reasons to make a date to explore Crystal Palace. 1. The view A photo posted by Marine (@marine.b.b) on Jul 12, 2016 at 12:39am PDT At exactly 367 feet above the metropolis, Crystal Palace occupies a very privileged, very fabulous position in London, overlooking the epic grandeur of our lovely city and beyond. From Anerley Hill, you’ll see all the way out to the sprawling hills of Kent and Sussex (on a clear day) and from Gipsy Hill (pictured), to city icons like St Paul’s, the Gherkin and the Shard. For the best views, walk down the entire length of Woodland Road – once you hit the intersection at Camden Hill Road, squint and you’ll see Big Ben and even the tippy top of Her Maj’s palace. Best time to go? At sunset for golden cityscapes and some extreme cloud porn. 2. The shopping A photo posted by Sm
Everything you need to know about vintage shopping in Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace has made a name for itself as a go-to hub for vintage shopping, whether you’re after rare furniture, clothing or a snazzy print for your wall. If you haven’t visited yet, venture down south with this short guide (and bring lots of money for goodies). Church Road, which makes up one third of the Crystal Palace triangle, is the heart of vintage shopping in the area with plenty of shops populating this busy street. Bambinos was the first to appear 27 years ago, and it's still going strong today. It's also home to the popular café Boyce Da Roca. Further round the triangle, off Westow Street, you’ll find Haynes Lane Market, a two-floor treasure trove and hoarders' paradise. Well worth a browse – you could find anything from books and vinyls to trinkets and train sets. With furniture up front and clothing further back, you could occupy yourself for a while browsing through the stock at Crystal Palace Vintage. Vintage pieces are reasonably priced, too. Crystal Palace Antiques is home to four floors of vintage delights for the home, with a previous find including a black Eames DSW chair for £28. Designs of Modernity occupies part of the basement of this Jasper Road treasure, with around ten other dealers occupying the rest of the space. &lt;img id="08732496-bec7-6d92-3538-4c354b6a7883" data-caption="" data-credit="James Balston Photography" data-width-class="" type="image/jpeg" total="920473" loaded="920473" image_id="102908591" src="http://media.timeou
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Dose is a micro-dose, with seating for about a dozen bodies, but it was still a bit of a shock to see it nearly full at 10.30am. The clientele is diverse, ranging through suits, the Clerkenwell cool crowd and staff from nearby St Bart’s. Some very tempting food includes imaginative sandwiches, as in organic ciabatta with dry-cured bacon, grilled halloumi and spiced avocado. Sweet things also beckon – the cheesecake is a killer – and there’s also own-made muesli and yoghurt fruit compotes. Tea, taken very seriously here, is offered either hot or cold. A cold lemongrass was expertly brewed and had exactly the right (tiny) amount of sugar added. Coffee beans come from Square Mile, but there’s a changing selection of guest espresso. On our visit it was a single-estate washed Colombian, which was sensationally good: deep berry flavours and velvety-smooth. Had the crema been a little more sprightly, this would have been a candidate for espresso of the year. A small complaint in the context of a mega-dose of quality.
Venue says: “Today's guest espresso is 'bonkers', the head barista's actual words! San Pasqual, by Yallah roasters in Cornwall. Get some!”