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Penge

With great transport links (mainline train to Victoria in 17 mins and Brixton in 8 mins, Overground to Shoreditch in 28 mins or the 176 bus to Tottenham Court Road), it's easy to see why this once forgotten suburb is now attracting a whole host of house hunters.

Local information

Transport

Anerley (0.2 miles)

Penge West (0.4 miles)

Penge East (0.6 miles)

Birkbeck (0.6 miles)

Kent House (0.7 miles)

Nearby schools

  • Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace 
  • St.Anthony's RC Primary School
  • St.John's Primary School
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Local schools

The area in depth

"Penge is on the up...families are moving in their droves from Dulwich. Crystal Palace is just up the road with its Dinosaur park and a fantastic range of gastro pubs. There is a fantastic arts and music scene, plus a really active cycling group... All in all, Penge rocks!" Gareth Baker - local resident and Dad of two.

Once known as Penceat, meaning 'edge of wood', Penge lies on the borders of Bromley, Lewisham and Croydon and a mere 7 miles south-east of Charing Cross.

Noted in Victorian times for its 25 pubs to the square mile, Penge has a plethora of drinking spots ranging from gastropubs such as Goldsmiths Arms to Bridge House which offers a theatre upstairs. If you're looking for a bite to eat, check out Sicilian Art which offers authentic (and huge) Sicilian pizzas or Cafe Casbah for what's been rated on Tripadvisor as 'a gold nugget in Penge'.

Time Out pays homage to an unusual family hotspot - Alexandra Nurseries - and rightly so. An independent garden centre offering a brilliant vintage shop and cafe which is great for parents and children alike.

For more shops in and around Penge, check out this handy shopping guide

It'd be tricky to write about Penge and not mention the nearby Crystal Palace dinosaurs - a collection of over 30 statues created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807-1894) in the years around 1854. The park is open daily and completely free to visit.

Penge also has a great selection of parks and playgrounds such as Royston Field and Alexandra Recreation Ground.

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