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Excellent commuter connections and a variety of family-friendly parkland and schools

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Boxpark Croydon

Boxpark Croydon

Next door to East Croydon Station sits over 30 shipping containers with a variety of food and drink. Some of the biggest names such as Meat Liquor and The Breakfast Club have outlets.

Fennies Nurseries

Fennies Nurseries

A leading children's day nursery for little explorers (3mths) to inventors (5yrs). Launch your child's learning journey today!

Surrey Street Market

Surrey Street Market

Engrained in Croydon's history and open 6 days a week, you can pick up produce from pretty much any part of the world and it is also very cheap! My mum who still lives in Croydon is a fan of 3 bunches of bananas for only £1!

Fennies Nurseries

Fennies Nurseries

A leading children's day nursery for little explorers (3mths) to inventors (5yrs). Launch your child's learning journey today!

The Tram Stop Cafe

The Tram Stop Cafe

Great Coffee and edibles!

The Whitgift Centre

The Whitgift Centre

There's a great choice of stores in The Whitgift Centre!

Khyber

Khyber

One of, if not the best Indian restaurant in Croydon. It has a wide variety of dishes on the menu, including game curries. The food is delicious and portions are perfectly sized to keep you full - but not to the point of bursting.

Stuffins Unlimited

Stuffins Unlimited

A sandwich deli right in the heart of Croydon. The menu is different every day and the prices are great for the amount you get.

Fennies Nurseries

Fennies Nurseries

A leading children's day nursery for little explorers (3mths) to inventors (5yrs). Launch your child's learning journey today!

Little Bay

Little Bay

A cosy little restaurant in South Croydon with fantastic service and great food! Make sure you ring up in advance and request a booth when you book to experience the uniqueness of this restaurant.

Blue and Orange

Blue and Orange

A great restaurant - it's definitely my favourite in Thornton Heath!

Yeha Noha

Yeha Noha

Organic food, homemade stuff, including cakes and pastries, meditation evenings, live music at the weekends, an outside terrace and a really funky interior... Love it!!

Coach House Cafe

Coach House Cafe

Atmospheric, quirky venue (which is now a bistro) within a small yet perfect park.

The Craft Beer Cabin

The Craft Beer Cabin

Cute little place with the biggest selection of craft beers I've found in ages.

Shirley Windmill

Shirley Windmill

Guided tours and a visitor centre explaining the milling process, it's a great day out for the family.

Why not explore the nearby areas of Waddon, South Croydon, Thornton Heath, Shirley Oaks, Wallington, Elmers End, Hackbridge, Norbury, Crystal Palace and Sanderstead

"Poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived in Dagnell Park, South Norwood, SE25."

No longer in use, Croydon Airport was once a major international airport that now houses a visitor centre.

Ashley Whitehouse

Mitcham Common is a beautiful area to explore and one that I love taking the dog to when the weather's nice.

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Crystal Palace is a wonderful place for families, with quick commutes and the wide green spaces...

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What locals say about Croydon

  1. I have lived here all my life and I love Croydon because it has great transport links that allow you to get to central London in less than half an hour, as well as being so close to the Surrey countryside. It's like having the best of both worlds.

  2. Croydon is back on trend. Not only is it the discovery place of fashion's darlings, Moss and Campbell, but it's perfectly positioned with great transport links in and out of London, especially for those quick getaways via Gatwick. Croydon has had polarising press in the past, however new, affordable developments in the area have brought in excitement and with it the balance of family and professional silhouettes. It also boasts one of the oldest markets to date (Surrey St. Market) and is planted with energetic green parks (e.g. Lloyd's Park). Finally, the investment of Westfield shopping centre will position Croydon to lead amongst other fashion forward towns.

  3. I have lived in South Croydon for 10 years. There are great transport links, lovely restaurants and decent pubs/bars. You are also not too far from the countryside and only 15-20 mins to Victoria and London Bridge. It's much more affordable than central London. I personally wouldn't live anywhere else right now!

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About Croydon

One of Greater London’s largest commercial centres, Croydon is a bustling town on a transport corridor between Central London and England’s south coast. Croydon is 9.4 miles (15.1 km) south of Charing Cross and has good transport links. The town is known for its extensive shopping district including high street shops, shopping centres, and street markets, and for its night-time economy. You’ll find all the amenities you need for modern living, such as restaurants and pubs, sport and recreation facilities, concert halls and cinemas, a good selection of schools, and several parks and golf courses.

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Waddon area guide
South Croydon area guide
Thornton Heath area guide
Shirley Oaks area guide
Wallington area guide
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Hackbridge area guide
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Crystal Palace area guide
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