The Anonymous Widower

A Real Station With A Real Cafe – On The Overground!

I’d heard that London Overground had done something special at Crystal Palace. So I went and had a look.

It’s not finished yet and it can only get better and better, as lifts and other features are added.

So is it special? I think so, but I’m a grumpy old pensioner, who gets to the station free.  The food was good too!

Take the kids and go there and have a walk in one of London’s most unusual parks and then have a snack or more in the Brown and Green Cafe.

They’ve even got a children’s menu without chips!

The one thing I didn’t like was the orange roundel on the station building.  Surely, a Grade II Listed building deserves better!

It will also be interesting to see how use of the booking hall develops.  It is a display space, that cries out for something better than run of the mill retail. As the current architectural display shows, it could be used for exhibitions.

But of course don’t go to Crystal Palace station, expecting a short walk to Crystal Palace Football Club. For them, you take the train to Norwood Junction station.

Thinking about Crystal Palace station, London Overground has now created its first true destination station. By that, I mean one where you go because of what is in the station itself, to perhaps meet someone for business or pleasure.  St. Pancras is perhaps the best example, but others like Waterloo, Liverpool Lime Street, Liverpool Street and perhaps Norwich Thorpe are getting that way.

September 27, 2012 - Posted by | Food, Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. […] some way the designs differ to those at Crystal Palace station, but then that station is a Grade 2 Listed building and bright orange would not have been an […]

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  2. OMG they opened that huge space…….it is like a ghost town. They must have been crazy to take that space for a cafe. That is Frighteningly poor foot fall.

    Comment by Solange | October 2, 2012 | Reply

    • They’re just in one corner off it, with about a dozen tables. But the station is effectively, by one of London’s largest parks. When I was there, the cafe was half full and it was a weekday morning. As it’s the ladies second cafe, I’m sure they know what they’re doing. If you look at their menu, it’s very child-friendly and their seems to be an anti-junk food agenda in the UK’s new breed of cafes. I’ve even found some cafes, that are almost a throw-back to the Lyons Corner Houses of the inter-war years and just after.

      As to the booking hall, I suspect London Overground, will find an innovative use for it. It needs a news/sweet stall and many stations of this size have a flower stall. This is another new station.

      Comment by AnonW | October 2, 2012 | Reply

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