West Norwood is an area of South London within the London Borough of Lambeth. It borders the London Boroughs of Croydon and Southwark. It is located is 5.4 miles (8.7 km) south south-east of Charing Cross. West Norwood sits in a bowl defined by hillsides on three sides. Its access routes are characterised by distant views that include glimpses of the City, Crystal Palace, Dulwich and the ridge at Leigham Court Road, emphasising its hilly nature. West Norwood has a distinctive character, suburban in nature, with lower density housing and strong community values.
The main shopping area is Norwood Road which is characterised by the high percentage of independent shops with a modest number of major retailers. A new facility, Norwood Hall, is due to open in 2014. It will offer leisure facilities including swimming, gym, dance studio and community space as well as health resources, both GP and dental.
At the focus of the curved Victorian shopping parade on Norwood Road is St Luke’s church and gardens. Consecrated in 1825, St Luke's is one of the so-called "Waterloo" churches. To its eastern side is West Norwood Cemetery, one of the “Magnificent Seven” which has the greatest number of Listed cemetery monuments of any in England, attracting many visitors.
The area is well served by public transport with London National Rail stations at each end of the main shopping area: West Norwood and Tulse Hill from which there are frequent services to Victoria and London Bridge, as well as surrounding locations. There are eight daytime bus routes and two nighttime. The South Circular A205 passes close-by at Tulse Hill with A23 Streatham High Road to the west.
West Norwood includes some or all of three Wards of the London Borough of Lambeth - Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill and Thurlow Park. Each of these wards is represented on Lambeth Council by three councillors.