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A taxi driver's guide to Crystal Palace

Made famous by an actual palace, home to a well known football team and absolutely brimming with great little boutique shops, bars and restaurants, Crystal Palace is a district on the up. Follow our Crystal Palace taxi driver’s guide to uncover the very best this area has to offer. Here’s an interesting fact for you – which borough of London do you think Crystal Palace is in? In actual fact, on one roundabout next to Crystal Palace Park you’ll find a junction between Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark. Skip half a mile further down the road and you’re suddenly in Lewisham. We’d love to tell you this is what gives Crystal Palace such a cosmopolitan and varied demographic but in truth, it’s probably got nothing to do with it. Still though, it’s a good piece of pub quiz knowledge. What makes Crystal Palace truly famous is – or rather was – its palace. Built in 1851 in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition, this giant of iron and glass was then relocated three years later to a park known as Penge Place in south London. Over the next twenty years it went on to become one of Europe’s most popular attractions. Welcoming over 2m visitors each year. And by the time it fell foul of a tragic fire in 1936 it had grown to include a dinosaur park (which has recently been refurbished), a maze, a boating lake and numerous other exciting attractions. Of course, there was a ‘Crystal Palace’ (the place) before the actual palace landed and although it helped bring in new business, it wasn’t the be all and end all of the area. Once better known as Sydenham Hill – which, when you visit, makes a whole lot more sense as it’s one of the highest points in all of London – this towering part of the city has always peered up and over the capital with a certain distinguished provenance. Which is probably why, when you head to the centre of Crystal Palace today you’ll find it so alive with great little bars, restaurants and cafes. Not to mention some really stylish boutique shops. As with anywhere though, Crystal Palace taxi fares can prove expensive. Black cabs cost an arm and a leg, and so many firms now charge ‘surge fares’ when they’re busy. Not so with Addison Lee. We’ve been getting Londoners where they need to go for over thirty years now. Always providing a service that’s reliable, comfortable and safe. Not to mention one that’s 30% cheaper than most Crystal Palace taxi services. Check out our guide to the area for hints and tips on what to do while you’re here, then book through our website or app – it’s that simple.

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