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I lived next to a dinosaur park: Why I Love Crystal Palace

That’s right. You read that title correctly. I lived next to a dinosaur park. It was the Victorian answer to Jurassic Park. And you know what? It was amazing. Crystal Palace was this incredible venue in London built for the Great Exhibition in   1851. Unfortunately the incredible building burned down 1936. But the foundation of the building, the steps, the sculptures and most importantly, the dinosaurs are still there.
Just chillin’ with my friends, the dinosaurs
A man and a dinosaur
Studiously studying the Victorian dinosaurs
Sphinx statues in London
Me doing my best Sphinx impression
But not a lot of people go that far South in London to look for housing for one very good reason. There’s no tube stop. However, there are bus stops and there’s an Overground train so it doesn’t add that much more time to your journey if you want to get into Central London.
having fun last summer
Because when I see a dinosaur I ride it?
The neighborhood is a really weird combination of hipsters looking for cheap housing, young families looking for the same thing, and elderly people who’ve lived there their entire lives. Long story short, I loved it there. The Crystal Palace park is stunning, but there are loads of other massive green spaces in the neighborhood. It’s one of the highest points in London so you can see the entire city from a hill in the local park. (Sam and I watched the NYE fireworks from the hill.)
Bonfire night in London
Fireworks in Crystal Palace on Bonfire Night
 There are some really cute kitschy shops. My favorite being one called South of the River. And most importantly, there is an incredibly tasty, incredibly cheap curry place called Gurkha Cottage. I’d eat there every day if I could. Also there’s a Papa John’s close by, so its a sign this area and I were meant to be together.
London in the fall
One of the main roads in “The Triangle” in the Fall.

Of course there are some drawbacks to the area besides transit. There aren’t a whole lot of places to get groceries or pharmacies, etc. There’s not even a Tesco…. Wah-wah! There is a Sainsbury’s in the busiest part of the neighborhood- the bit with all the pubs and restaurants, known as “The Triangle”. (Property ads always call it “the trendy triangle”. Personally, I’m not sure how trendy it is.)

After Sam’s RSC contract is over and we move back to London, fingers crossed we’ll be headed back here! It’s a part of London that I wouldn’t mind calling home again!

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  • I miss many parts of London so it was great to read this and remember all the different places London has to offer!

    Molly @ The Move to America

  • Wow you got an incredible life….glad to have found your blog via Tori’s linkup!


  • This definitely sounds like an area I wouldn’t be able to live in but I’d love to visit! I’m a city girl through and through and I need to be able to have a grocery store within walking distance. I want to go to the dinosaur park though!

  • Vashti Q-Vega

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  • Sarah @ To Be Mrs. Collier

    So beyond fun!! My husband and I went to Dinosaur World which is a life-sized statue dinosaur roadside attraction in Kentucky and had the most fun taking pictures!

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  • lost in travels

    haha i love the dinosaurs! how awesome! we have a park somewhat like that near us in korea but i’ve got to say, it doesn’t have the charm that yours does! thanks for linking up with us today!

  • Oh we havent done that yet! My boys love dinosaurs…we will have to do that next time we are in the area. Thank you for mentioning it Amanda.

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  • Organized Island

    Hello from across the pond! Love your photos! New follower from the Bloglovin’ hop!