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The Tram Stop Cafe

The Tram Stop Cafe

Great Coffee and edibles!

Shelverdine Goathouse

Shelverdine Goathouse

A charming and homely pub with a good vibe. There are different bar areas each with its own character. Good selection of keg and cask ales and a open kitchen serving good, reasonably priced food. The staff are very friendly and the service good. It has a quiz night on Mondays, compered by a charming and entertaining quiz master.

Mantanah Thai Cuisine

Mantanah Thai Cuisine

An authentic Thai restaurant that has an amazing menu, offering good quality meat and vegetarian dishes.

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast

Serving the best food from the motherland, Ghana! The jollof rice served with domedo (seasoned and spiced pork) is to die for... It reminds me of mummy's cooking!

Blue and Orange

Blue and Orange

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

The Craft Beer Cabin

The Craft Beer Cabin

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

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!

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.

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!!

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.

Shirley Hills Viewpoint

Shirley Hills Viewpoint

This viewpoint in the Addington Hills provides breathtaking views of all of London. Make sure you visit on a clear day!

The Portland Arms

The Portland Arms

Really good selection of beers/ales and some good wine... Chicken burger is great, too.

The Whitgift Centre

The Whitgift Centre

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

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.

Coach House Cafe

Coach House Cafe

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

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Why not explore the nearby areas of West Wickham, Hayes, Shirley Oaks, South Croydon, Shortlands, Elmers End, Beckenham, Bromley, Bickley and Waddon

"Croydon Palace dates back to around 960, with its current buildings erected in the 15th and 16th centuries. The summer home of the Archbishop of Canterbury for over 500 years, it now forms the estate of Old Palace of John Whitgift School."

Crease Park is a fantastic local, green open space in Beckenham...

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Beckenham has many handsome period homes that are perfect for families

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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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NCT Bumps & Babies

St Marks Church Hall
Bumps and Babies provides expectant and new parents with a relaxing and informal get-together. It is a great place to make new friends share your experiences with people going through the same things have a reason to get out of the house if everything seems too much or overwhelming or if you just need to socialise with people in your local area. St Marks Church Hall Braemar Gardens West BR4 0JN Fridays 10.00am-12.00pm (during term time) Website

The Playrooms

Studio 74 - The Hall
A home-from-home ambiance, a place where you can relax knowing your little ones are within sight having fun. Kids play center, including: Under 5's Soft Play, Ball Pool, Classes for Little Ones, Arts & crafts, Classes for Grown Ups, Mini Cinema, Baby Disco, Fresh Food, Yummy Coffee, Free WiFi, Free Parking, Creche and After School Club. Website

Happy Mondays - Parent Baby & Toddler Group

Beckenham Methodist Church
HAPPY MONDAYS is the NCT run playgroup open to all and is held every MONDAY 10 - 11.30am during term time. Tea coffee and biscuits for adults and squash water and snacks for the younger ones are available donations welcome. Singsong at the end! £1.00 for under 1s; £1.30 for over 1s. Maximum of £2.30 per family or child minder. There is always something going on so do drop in we look forward to meeting you. Website

NCT Happy Mondays - Parent Baby & Toddler Group

Beckenham Methodist Church
HAPPY MONDAYS is the NCT run playgroup open to all and is held every MONDAY 10 - 11.30am during term time. Tea coffee and biscuits for adults and squash water and snacks for the younger ones are available donations welcome. Singsong at the end! £1.00 for under 1s Website

Crafts Bee Craft Classes

Odeon Cinema
Crafts Bee offers a variety of craft classes including jewellery making Sewing silk Painting Cake Decorating Stained Glass Flower Arranging Knitting & Crochet Card making Quilting Gift Vouchers and Children's Craft Parties.

Caterham Baby Cafe

De Stafford School
Baby Cafe is a breastfeeding drop-in centre where all pregnant and breastfeeding mums are welcome. In a relaxed informal atmosphere you can chat to other mums get one-to-one help from specially trained staff look at books leaflets and DVDs and enjoy some tea coffee and cakes. Website

About Croydon

Croydon is a town in South London, located within the London Borough of Croydon to which it gives its name. It is situated 9.5 miles (15.3 km) south of Charing Cross. Croydon is located on the natural transport corridor between London and England's south coast, just to the north of two gaps in the North Downs, one followed by the route of the A23 Brighton Road from Purley to Merstham and the other followed by the A22 from Purley to the M25 Godstone interchange. Croydon has developed as an important centre for shopping. Croydon is split up by a number of different areas in the same borough. Fairfield, Broad Green, West Croydon and South Croydon make up the rest of Croydon, but are known as separate areas in their own right. The most prominent of these towns is South Croydon, which has become a town of its own, with various shops and its own high street.

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