The Rookery is a Victorian Garden in Streatham, South London. Wildlife are here all years round from the cold of winter to the glorious warm summer. Once through the main gate at the top of the Common you can easily forget that you are on London. The occasional siren of an emergency vehicle can bring you back to reality sometimes.
Children love the wide grassy areas to play on, older couple sit and watch the world go slowly by and people like me come and photography the flowers and wildlife.
In summer the Rookery really comes to life with splendid floral displays and eye catching water cascades. With squirrels scurrying around in the search for Nuts (bring a bag of monkey nuts and the squirrels will be a little more inclined to pose for the camera). Robins, Great ***, Blackbirds and the odd Crow make a welcome sight as the fly around.
The winter time can also be interesting. The waterfalls and ponds look amazing with ice on them.
Opposite St Leonards Church stands the English Martyrs Catholic Church, with it's perhaps slightly more impressive spire (sadly not shown in my photo!)
Streatham Common is a nice place for a stroll, situtated in the Southern Streatham just off Streatham High Road.
This is one of my favourite restaurants in Streatham. You are treated like an old friend when you walk in the door, the decor is lovely and transports you away to the markets of Morroco. The food is not only authentic and amazing (albeit if you have to wait a little while), its BYO (so take two bottles) and you cannot spend £20 in there if you try. I love it.
Favorite Dish: I particularly love the tagines but everything we have eaten there has been amazing, the cous cous is so soft and the hummous and babbaganoush is so authentice. MMMM.
A nice relaxed pub, with friendly staff and a friendly atmosphere. Tucked away on a side street just off Streatham High Road, near the common.
Dress Code: None
Although lacking a tube line, Streatham is well served by National Rail links, with no fewer than 3 stations - Streatham Hill, Streatham and Streatham Common.
You can get the train to Victoria, London Bridge, Clapham Junction, Croydon, and several other stations in South London.
Trains are run by Southern.