West Norwood news, chitter chatter and gossip

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by clandestino, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. clandestino

    clandestino no llevar papel

    What is West Norwood like? I only ever go there to go to the B&Q, and it seems OK. But I know the area has a reputation for being dodgy. What's it's really like?
  2. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

  3. _pH_

    _pH_ .

    My limited experience of W Norwood: Go through there fairly regularly, and stop off to do shopping occasionally. Doesn't seem any different to anywhere else in the area to me.
  4. clandestino

    clandestino no llevar papel

    But why, how?
  5. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    I'm not being entirely serious really. I have had my motorbike nicked 3 times from there though. If you're thinking of moving there, I'd suggest you could do better, it just doesn't have much to recommend it.
  6. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    I go through every day, do most of my shopping there and teach many of its children. Doesn't seem especially dodgy to me - but does seem quite soulless and just a bit shit really.
  7. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Yes well, to someone who lives in South Norwood, it probably does seem quite normal :p ;)
  8. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    It has a lovely cemetery, and a film club in Nettlefold Hall, where some of Clockwork Orange was filmed.
  9. _pH_

    _pH_ .

    Oi! :mad:

  10. King of Prussia

    King of Prussia Very scared of Mrs Magpie

    It's where Lambeth's only two Tory wards are located.
  11. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Isn't is just another Mehtown?
  12. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    No its not- it has a large number of independent stores.

    Traffic is a *bitch.* Its a total bottleneck.
    The 322 is one of the worst served bus routes in London. Two trains an hour to London I think. Stopping trains to Victoria.

    A couple of nice sandwich shops and cafes with gardens out back.

    Some lovely roads- Lancaster Avenue has some lovely buildings.

    Nettlefold Hall host a large variety of activities as does the library, both are very community oriented- heavily children focussed.
  13. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Lots of decent buses too, like the 68 and 2.
  14. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    Which are these please? I often wonder about that Italian place opposite Tesco (as I contemplate the shit offerings in Tesco on the very rare occasion I stop to pick up some lunch there).

    (although soon I'll have the choice of Sainsbury's to add to the mix!)
  15. Boycey

    Boycey juvenile rave slut

    my friend lived in the most awesome building ever in west norwood, never really found out much about the locality though. if you're moving into a raised square donut type place you've lucked out :cool:
  16. clandestino

    clandestino no llevar papel

    So is the conclusion that it's not particularly dodgy but it is boring?
  17. Boycey

    Boycey juvenile rave slut

    not if you live in an aerial donut :cool:

    only a five minute cycle from brixton too.
  18. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    From memory- one lovely place is downhill from St Luke's, I want to call it Domani- but Im pretty sure that's not the right name...

    Ive just checked Google Street view and its gone! :( Such a shame, it was such a lovely space to sit and meet your friends. they did wonderful cakes and hot chocolate, and great leather seats.

    Also there is a small (Italian?) eat-in sandwich shop/ restaurant further along the same side of the High Street (opposite the supermarket?!). Im really sorry for the lack of names, but its been a while since I was there.

    There is the smallest sign announcing that there is a cafe garden out the back. You would never guess it was there. The staff arent fussed to let people know. Bit of a local secret it seems.

    E2a It's called Sorrentos :) And it is the one opposite Tesco!
  19. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    You must cycle very fast.
  20. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    My sister lived in Nettlefold Place behind the Post Office.

    I was gutted when she left West Norwood to move to the middle of nowhere in Thornton Heath :(
  21. pootle

    pootle little moran

    I live in West Norwood and have never seen anything dodgy in the last 9 months or so I've been living there.

    Certainly had no issues about walking round there on my own as a lone female at night etc - I think transport is pretty good too - Norwood Road proppa tends to snarl up from time to time but Just walk on the odd occasions it does happen - trains at West Norwood go to Victoria, SE London and London Bridge.

    Good variety of shops that mean you don't have to stray far for the basics and a couple of nice little caffs. I like West Norwood - I'd be staying if I didn't have an ex boyfriend I'd rather see less of!
  22. boohoo

    boohoo No.

    I like west Norwood. It has good charity shops and some nice cottage houses.
  23. ChrisFilter

    ChrisFilter Like a boss.

    Well, it's no more than 10.

    West Norwood is ok. Suburban, cheap, nice housing stock, but dull. I prefer South Norwood 'cos it's a little nicer, a little friendlier, better transport links and it's MUCH cheaper.
  24. _pH_

    _pH_ .

    ^ did you see this Chris? :mad:

    there's a turf war coming on......:mad:
  25. ivebeenhigh

    ivebeenhigh Well-Known Member

    there are no good pubs
  26. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Horns Tavern is ok
  27. pootle

    pootle little moran

    I liked the Horns - it's a good proppa old man's pub with a bit of outdoor space.

    If you want a fancier surroundings go down the road to the Railway at Tulse Hill...
  28. internetstalker

    internetstalker Get naked!

    the fact that the B&Q is on the high street says it all to me!
  29. ChrisFilter

    ChrisFilter Like a boss.

    Yeah, but this is London. We don't have retail parks until you get out to Croydon.
  30. Cowley

    Cowley Well-Known Member

    WN seems like a bit of a ghost town to me. I spend a bit of time there as a a friend of mine lives on Thurlby Road. Thurlby Road and the surrounding streets are very nice indeed, some mighty fine houses there.

    WN has never come across as particularly rough to me, seems to be the same as any of the other local areas really...apart from the fact there is literally nowhere to go for a drink or decent meal in WN.

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