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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!

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.

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.

The Whitgift Centre

The Whitgift Centre

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

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.

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.

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!!

South Norwood Country Park

South Norwood Country Park

Like having the countryside on your doorstep, it is a great place for a bike ride or a dog walk.

Pita Pit

Pita Pit

A wide variety of delicious wraps at great prices!

Ambervision

Ambervision

A family business in Thornton Heath open for over 25 years and well known in the community, doing PC and TV sales and repairs.

Mantanah Thai Cuisine

Mantanah Thai Cuisine

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

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.

The Tram Stop Cafe

The Tram Stop Cafe

Great Coffee and edibles!

Blue and Orange

Blue and Orange

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

The Portland Arms

The Portland Arms

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

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

"The BRIT School was established in 1990 and is located in Selhurst, Croydon. Amongst its long list of famous alumni are singer/songwriter Adele, X-Factor star Leona Lewis and Katie Melua."

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

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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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Child-friendly activities near Croydon

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

Sing and Sign

LWS 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

Crafty Cooks

Braziliana 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

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

Carshalton Playtime Baby & Toddler Group

West 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: hot.headed.girl@gmail.com Website

NCT Carshalton Playtime Baby & Toddler Group

West 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: hot.headed.girl@gmail.com 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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