Croydon and surrounding areas
A locals' guide to Croydon and surrounding areas
"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."Thomas Lebbern
"Sometimes when I visit the waterfall in Grove Park, it's hard to believe that it is in London!"Thomas Lebbern
Where do Croydon and surrounding areas locals go?
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.
Submitted by Dipan
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!
Submitted by Ashley
I love buffalo because it has great service and serves up a tasty burger for an even better price. The evening and lunchtime menus have a wide variety of options to choose from.
Submitted by Kelly
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.
Submitted by Ashley
If you want a fun, inexpensive night out, Reflex is great. You can usually count on cheap drinks, the people are friendly and there is always a way to get home no matter where you live!
Submitted by Jessica
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.
Submitted by Kelly
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.
Submitted by Simon
Doyley's A1 Barbers
I have been getting my hair cut here for over 15 years. It's a very nice family-run business and a fantastic place to discuss football and sports with the guys. It also tends to be a social hub too, which is great!
Submitted by Emlyn
A great day out for all the family watching Crystal Palace FC play at their home ground.
Submitted by Nick
Classic hot and cold desserts, milkshakes and gelato served in a low-lit, purple and black setting.
Submitted by Natalie
South Norwood Country Park
Like having the countryside on your doorstep, it is a great place for a bike ride or a dog walk.
Submitted by Jon
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!!
Submitted by Jacqueline
Guided tours and a visitor centre explaining the milling process, it's a great day out for the family.
Submitted by Alexandra
Why do you find Croydon and surrounding areas a great place to live?
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Did you know?
"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."
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Child-friendly activities near Croydon and surrounding areas
NCT Carshalton Playtime Baby & Toddler GroupWest Street Church
Carshalton Playtime Baby & Toddler Group is every Wednesday during term time 9.30-11.30am Held at West Street Church West Street Carshalton (parking available). All welcome no need to book in advance. For more information contact Suzi at: firstname.lastname@example.org Website
Carshalton Playtime Baby & Toddler GroupWest Street Church
Carshalton Playtime Baby & Toddler Group - every Wednesday during term time 9.30-11.30am Held at West Street Church West Street Carshalton (parking available). All welcome no need to book in advance. For more information contact Suzi at: email@example.com Website
Sing and SignLWS Cafe & Charity
Developed with the help of Speech and Language experts and launched in January 2001, the "Sing and Sign" programme has since taught thousands of parents across the UK how to sign with their babies and encourage amazing early communication. Website
Stay and Play!Lattjo POP
Come and let loose in our cafe as we turn it into a playground for the children with music in the background while you enjoy your cake and coffee! A great session where the café area turns into a play room and children can explore freely and paly with the various toys around. Website
Crafty CooksBraziliana Cafe
A love of cooking and an ability to do so is an important skill that every child should have. Children from as young as 24 months are taught how to cook a whole range of delicious, nutritious dishes. They will cook both sweet and savoury, from beetroot cakes to mini quiches with a spattering of chocolate in the middle! The lovely Heather runs Crafty Cooks South London. She runs regular classes and holiday clubs and really enjoys meeting lots of little Crafty Cooks! Website
NCT Bumps & BabiesSt 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
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Local Estate Agencies
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- Thornton Heath
- South Croydon
- Shirley Oaks
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