Situated less than 10 miles from central London, the London Borough of Croydon is a vibrant place that excels in its provision of shopping, entertainment & arts and transport facilities.
Initial impressions of Croydon reveal a range of architecture evolving from the old Whitgift Almshouses, the quirky Shirley Windmill, ‘Number 1 Croydon', known locally as the ‘50p Building', and the soon-to-be-built 54-storey skyscraper close to East Croydon. Visitors are often surprised by how green Croydon is; with its 120 parks and open spaces, it is the greenest borough in London.
The centre of Croydon benefits from two Shopping Centres, the Whitgift and Centrale which will be joined by a £1billion Westfield Centre in the next few years. The Surrey Street area includes a fruit and veg market, which is regularly used as a TV and film location. Good restaurants are located in the Restaurant Quarter around South End with offerings ranging from Modern British haute cuisine to an ice-cream bar!
Arts are very well represented at Fairfield Halls, home to 2 theatres, an art gallery and the David Lean Cinema. In June, the Purley Festival offers a celebration of the very best on the local music and entertainment scene including live music and dance performances as well as children's activities. Of course any mention of Croydon Arts cannot omit the famous BRIT School, Alma Mater of Adele, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, the Noisettes and Rizzle Kicks.
Croydon's residents include a high level of commuters who use the mainline train routes and East London Line into London. Additionally, Croydon is also one of the few towns in the UK to benefit from a Tram Network.