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Streatham Common, London
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Streatham Common is a large open space on the southern edge of Streatham in the London Borough of Lambeth. It has been designated a Local Nature Reserve.It is one of two former areas of common land in the former parish of Streatham. The other is now known as Tooting Bec Common. After enclosure, the Common was purchased for use as a public open space under the powers conferred under the Metropolitan Commons Act 1878. The Common was conveyed to the Metropolitan Board of Works and was subsequently administered by the London County Council and Greater London Council before maintenance responsibility passed to the London Borough of Lambeth in 1971.The Common had a long tradition of cricket playing from the 18th century, and the right to play cricket is enshrined in the Supplementary Act that brought the common into public ownership.As well as the historic common, there is also an adjacent formal garden, The Rookery, laid out on the site of one of Streatham's historic mineral wells. The Rookery is well known for its old cedar trees and White Garden designed in the same style as that at Sissinghurst Castle. The gently sloping lawns of The Rookery are used as an open-air theatre in the summer.The south east end of Streatham Common and Rookery Gardens abut Norwood Grove within the London Borough of Croydon to form part of a larger series of green spaces along the ridge line from Streatham to Crystal Palace.
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TripAdvisor
  • Reliable trains. Places to eat. Lots of building work. What more can I say about streatham common. It's 
  • Variety is the keyword for the uses being made of the Common. There are people on their own sitting on the grass, admiring the sweeping view from the top of the hill or strolling. The more energetic a...  more »
  • Lovely outing yesterday afternoon of a picnic with family and friends. The Rookery is worth a visit and to be explored. Just take to the left at the walking path and you'll find it. We spotted a lily ...  more »
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  • Absolutely love this park. If you climb up the hill, there's even more to it, not to mention the amazing and wonderful Cafe at the top of the hill.
  • An open space with beautiful views from the Victorian rookery. The cafe is fairly priced with an italian menu.
  • Surprisingly unbusy unless there's an event. Popular with dog walkers. Nice cafe.
  • Nice open space with free parking at the north end. The rookery is very nice and it has tennis courts
  • Great space in use by the local community.