Crystal Palace is quite arty- with a 'village-like' feel to it. There are some great cafes, bars, restaurants and little boutique shops. There is free parking.
It's a spacious, light flat. You should have everything you need for a great stay. Bed linen and towels are supplied. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a new bathroom and a new boiler. There are lots of books and magazines at the flat. There is even a hairdryer.
You will have access to every room in the flat, including the garden where you can have barbecues in the summer.
I live in Balham, which is a couple of stops on the overland train so you can call me at any time if you need help.
Crystal Palace is fab. There are lots of new bars and restaurants opening. There is also lots of greenery and wide open spaces. You have the amazing views across London too. I am sure you will love it.
One of the joys of Crystal Palace is that there's no need to venture far to eat, drink and shop.
There's plenty of choice on the Triangle: Domali is a relaxed all-day café; the Sparrowhawk is a recently renovated pub with a gutsy, European-influenced menu; Mediterranean is a welcoming Sardinian restaurant; and Edo does great sushi. Joanna's restaurant is great. A favourite bar is Numidie. Grape and Grain have live jazz on a Sunday evening and people go and jive the afternoon away.
The Paxton Arms in Gipsy Hill has great pies. Green and Brown's at Crystal Palace station is good for coffee and breakfast.
Shops include vintage furniture emporia and much-loved bookshop The Bookseller Crow. For edible treats, there's a Saturday food market, and deli Good Taste specialises in cheese and charcuterie
Crystal Palace still retains much of its impressive Victorian architecture.
The "Crystal Palace Triangle", formed by Westow Street, Westow Hill and Church Road, is the place to go for restaurants and many independent shops.
Lastly, don't forget Crystal Palace Park which is great for a run or a walk. If you are interested in football, you could visit Crystal Palace football club.
A regular service to Highbury & Islington supplements those to Victoria and London Bridge, making it easy to get right across London. Crystal Palace is in Zone 2. There are 6 stations that are a walking distance or a short bus ride away.
From Crystal Palace train station:-
It's 16 mins to London Bridge Train Station
It's 26 mins to London Victoria Train Station
It's 41 mins to Oxford Circus tube station
To Gatwick Airport:-
It's 58 mins in a taxi
It's 42 mins on the train (every 30 mins)
The 157 bus is at the end of the road. The buses run every 10 mins and take you to Crystal Palace station in 6 mins.