20 August 2020/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Crystal Palace

Commercial properties to rent in Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace is a hilltop district in South London spread across Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth. As it has one of the highest points in London, Crystal Palace offers incredible 360-degree views of the centre.

Its name originates from the Crystal Palace Exhibition building that stood there from 1854 up until 1936 when it was destroyed by a fire. However, the Crystal Palace Park has survived to this day, with locals visiting for its famous Grade 1 listed dinosaur sculptures, vast green spaces, and the National Sports Centre.

Despite there being over 200 acres of Parkland in the area, Crystal Palace retains an urban feel. The extension of the Overground line to provide a 25-minute commute to London’s financial centre, Canary Wharf, has ensured that it’s a popular destination for both residents and business owners.

Crystal Palace is a hit with young couples and first-time buyers who are attracted to its quirky charm, fantastic independent shopping scene and large supply of period conversion flats.

The area has a wonderful sense of community, with the hub being the Crystal Palace Triangle where Church Road, Westow Hill and Westow Street meet. It’s lined with vintage shops, gastropubs and great cafes.

If you’d like to know more about living and working in Crystal Palace, this area guide has all you need to know.

0-3-808x454Getting around Crystal Palace

Catch the train from Crystal Palace to Central LondonCrystal Palace is connected to nearby areas by the Overground. There are trains every 20 minutes to Canada Water, which is one tube stop away from Canary Wharf on the Jubilee Line. You can also arrive at Highbury and Islington in 40 minutes. Direct trains also run from Crystal Palace railway station to Victoria up to six times an hour.

Crystal Palace is well-connected by roadThe area is less than 40 minutes from the M25, which encircles almost all Greater London. It’s also just 15 minutes to the A23, which leads you to the M23 or takes you into Central London. There is also a coach park inside Crystal Palace Park.

There are lots of bus routes in Crystal PalaceMany bus routes operate from Crystal Palace bus station.

  • 3 – to Oxford Circus
  • 122 – to Plumstead
  • 202 – to Blackheath
  • 227 – to Bromley North
  • 249 – to Anerley
  • 322 and 417 – to Clapham Common
  • 358 – to Orpington
  • 363 – to Elephant and Castle
  • 410 – to Wallington
  • 432 – to Brixton
  • 450 – to West Croydon
  • 931 – to Lewisham

There are fantastic cycle routesIf you’re a keen cyclist, you’ll be pleased to know that the London Cycle Network routes 23 and 27 go through Crystal Palace. The former connects Borough and Croydon, passing through the Crystal Palace Triangle, while the latter runs through Crystal Palace Park, connecting Anerley Hill and Bromley.

Gatwick Airport is under an hour drive awayGatwick Airport is around a 50-minute drive away, or you can catch a train to Clapham Junction and change to another Southern service to the airport. Heathrow is slightly further and can be reached via the M4 in around an hour.

Where to grab a bite to eat in Crystal Palace

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Best coffee spots in Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace has lots of great facilities

There are a number of gyms in Crystal Place that you can choose from, including Meso Fitness Studios and Better Gym in the National Sports Centre.

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Banks and Post Offices in Crystal PalaceYour most convenient option is heading to Norwood Post Office in the Crystal Palace Triangle, or you can travel slightly further to Shillings Anerley Road Post Office.

While there aren’t any banks in the heart of Crystal Palace, there are lots nearby. To the north east of Crystal Palace Park on Sydenham Road, you will find a Barclays, NatWest and Lloyds. There is also a Halifax close by in Penge, a Santander in Norbury and an HSBC in Streatham.

There are plenty of places to buy groceriesFor your weekly shopping needs, you can visit the Sainsbury’s in the Crystal Palace Triangle or Aldi, which is located between Anerley and Birkbeck train stations.

If you just need to pick up a few bits, there’s Co-op Food, also in the triangle, as well as a Tesco Express near the railway station.

Crystal Palace is known for its vibrant string of independent shops, many of which offer quirky vintage pieces. There’s also the Crystal Palace Food Market every Saturday. You can buy everything from vegan cheese to organic wines from the stalls.

For a wider selection of high streets brands, you can head to the Centrale Shopping Centre. In under a 20-minute drive, you can browse shops at one of the largest retail developments in the capital. You’re even closer to the Blenheim Centre, which is a 30-minute walk or ten-minute drive from Crystal Palace Triangle. There you will find ASDA, B&M and The Gym.

Retail properties to rent in Crystal Palace

Commercial real estate agents operating in Crystal Palace

  • Stiles Harold Williams
  • CBRE
  • Pedder Chartered Surveyors
  • Linays Commercial
  • Colliers International Property Consultants Ltd

Realla has lots of great properties to rent in Crystal Palace – here’s a selection

6 Westow HI

Norwood Heights

Alma PI

121 Anerley Road

59-61 Westow HI

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Meet the neighbours – here are the businesses based in Crystal Palace

  • Gibsons Financial Limited
  • Acorn Crystal Estate Agents
  • Rafael Gabriel Windows
  • Pylon Design Consultants Limited
  • Brookfield & Co Chartered Accountants

Offices near Crystal Palace

One Croydon

Northside House

Grange Mills

Hanover Place

Cobden Court

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Interesting facts about Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace Park was the setting for many well-known concerts and films, including The Italian Job and The Pleasure Garden.

Sydenham Hill is 109m above sea level and one of the highest points in London.

Crystal Palace got its name from the grand building developed for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Before this, it was known as Sydenham Hill and was mainly a natural oak forest.

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