Published 30 Jun 2016
Area Guide for Croydon
Our team have gone out and explored the London borough of Croydon and what it has to offer. Living in the London borough of Croydon provides superb links into London while retaining a sense of space in suburbia.
Retail, restaurants and recreation
North End Street in Central Croydon is home to the main shopping facilities, including the popular Centrale and Whitgift shopping centres, situated opposite one another. Westfield and Hammerson received planning permission to develop these two shopping centres into a retail and leisure destination that will transform the area over the next few years.
For independent retailers, and one of London’s longest running street markets, the historic centre of Old Town Croydon plays host to a well-established community. A highlight is the Surrey Street Market, located in the heart of Old Town Croydon. Operating six days a week, it features stalls selling fruit and vegetables, cheese and dairy products, street food, home-made cakes, fashion accessories and more.
Dining in Croydon
The undisputed home of dining out is the Restaurant Quarter in South End Croydon, offering an assortment of cuisines brought together from around the globe. Including a Michelin-rated restaurant as well as many recognisable names, you’re spoilt for choice as the area offers something to suit all tastes. For a pre-dinner drink there are several popular bars to choose from, and all contained within this vibrant part of Croydon with a distinctive village atmosphere.
Croydon parks and open spaces
For an urban escape in the heart of Croydon, the picturesque Queens Gardens offer a welcome retreat for locals. With a fountain and ornamental gardens, and adjacent to Croydon Town Hall, it forms part of the Croydon Vision 2020 regeneration project with Park Place. The project includes plans for an ice rink, performance area and access to the new shopping centre. For outdoor pursuits, Park Hill Recreation Ground is a larger green space with more room to get active. The park features a netball and basketball court, three tennis courts and changing rooms, and joins the grounds of historic Coombe Cliff House.
Beddington Park in nearby Wallington is a former deer park from the Tudor era, once attached to a manor estate, which has gained a new lease of life as a public green space. The park also boasts the River Wandle and Pavilion Café as two destinations that are popular with locals. For football fans, Selhurst Park stadium is a short train journey away, and is the home of Crystal Palace Football Club. For keen golfers, the region offers an abundance of choices of golf clubs situated within a short drive or ride away.
Touch of Culture
Fairfield Halls is the arts and culture hub of Croydon comprised of Ashcroft Theatre, the concert hall, Arnhem Gallery and the new studio. The complex hosts a variety of acts from theatre to dance, music to comedy and lots more for the whole family to enjoy. Also nearby is the Croydon Clocktower, a compound containing the Museum of Croydon, David Lean Cinema, the Central Library plus a café and bar.
For higher education, Croydon College is centrally located right by East Croydon rail and tram stations. Comprised of a Further Education College, a University Centre and Croydon School of Art, the college has 8,000 students in attendance, and offers flexible learning that caters to adult students.
Property market data in Croydon
Have a look at the latest property market data provided by Zoopla. Here you can find the latest average values by property types and value trends.