Crystal Palace takes its name from a famous glass and cast iron building that was home to the Great Exhibition of 1851. Originally at Hyde Park it was moved to Sydenham Hill and was a very successful and stunning exhibition centre and a first of its kind when first built. It was destroyed by fire in 1936.
Today Crystal Palace is known for its large park and views across central London. In fact this is one of the highest points in London. The landscape is dominated by two large transmitter masts and the main centre is basically a triangle of 3 main streets which are home to a host of good restaurants, cafes and bars.