Norbury Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Norbury, South West London

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Living in Norbury

Norbury is a well-connected suburb in South West London. The area is favoured by families because of its community vibe, safety, and relatively affordable family homes. Schools in the area are also generally good, and there is excellent access to green space - while for the member of the family that may commute into Central London or the City, bus, road, and rail links are good. While amenities like shops are somewhat more limited in Norbury, its connections to Croydon and into Central London make up for this fact. 

Ratings

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Community

Norbury has a community vibe, partially because many of the shops and restaurants in the area are small, independent, locally-owned businesses. It's definitely a family-orientated area, too.

Safety

Norbury is a safe place to live. The Met police rate the area as having average crime, and the wider surrounding area has no high-crime hotspots nearer than Croydon. The 2014/2015 crime and violence against the person rates were both significantly lower in this area than in London as a whole. 

Parking

Parking is not especially an issue in this area. The rate of car ownership is slightly high here, at about one car per household. Road links - especially the A23 - are good, but frequently congested. 

Nightlife

Norbury isn't the most exciting place in the world, but has a fair few restaurants, pubs, and bars. Croydon is a short bus or train trip away for even more options, ranging from cinemas to nightclubs.

Family Friendly

Housing in this area is mostly of the late Victorian terrace variety, so this is a place where you might find an affordable family home. There's quite a bit of green and open space in the area, with Norbury Park, The Rookery, and several others in the area. There's even a brook, and several sports grounds. There is a good selection of fairly well-regarded primary and secondary schools. The percentage of children in this area is slightly high for London.

Pet Friendly

Most of the housing in this area is Victorian terraces, which can be suitable for pets. There's quite a bit of green and open space in the area, with Norbury Park, The Rookery, and several others in the area. This would be a good place to own a dog.

Transport

Norbury's transport links into Central London are middling, but it's easy to get to Croydon. Norbury's station is in Zone 3 and is served by mainline trains to Victoria or London Bridge. The area is well-served by local buses. Road links - especially the A23 - are good, but frequently congested.