London’s fastest growing economy, Croydon is an ecosystem of tech start-ups, creatives and professional services.
And it is doing things its own way, developing new modes of working including co-working spaces such as TMRW Hub with its award-winning community café attached that is not a corporate chain but run by locals.
New arts and creative quarters like Matthews Yard are pools of creative thinking and innovation, from office suites to a crowd-funded theatre and watering holes that are making their mark on Croydon’s restaurant scene.
Transforming into one of the most vibrant and innovative parts of the capital, Croydon is determined to retain its own distinct identity.
With £5.25bn being invested across the borough, Croydon is seeing massive regeneration from a revamped centre to its cultural offering. It is also pushing new boundaries with underground gallery spaces and more-than-just-a-gallery venues showcasing urban contemporary and postwar Pop Art. Labelled the ‘new capital of street art’ with RISE Gallery its epicentre, visitors come to see murals from well-known artists such as Ben Eine, Rich Simmons and Dotmaster to open graffiti jams on shop shutters along St George’s Walk.
£5.25BN INVESTMENT IN CROYDON OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS
28 NEW PUBLIC SQUARES TRANSFORMING CROYDON INTO A NEW, MODERN EUROPEAN CITY
Croydon is the UK's best connected business hub with London or Gatwick taking just 15 minutes
£1.4 Billion redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre bringing Westfield to Croydon
A skilled work force, exceptional schools and a brand new university campus
Croydon Restaurant Quarter; a heady mix of fine dining restaurants, chains, bars & pubs
Croydon has long been a regional shopping hub, but the arrival of Westfield Croydon will transform the existing Whitgift and Centrale centres into a world-class retail and leisure destination, bringing a profile of premium brands and the newest, most sought-after contemporary chains
One of London’s greenest boroughs with over 120 parks and open spaces from nature reserves rich in wildlife to the wonderfully restored Wandle Park with the river winding through, trim-trail, and bandstand, Croydon is developing even more high quality, sustainable open spaces to stroll, take part in sport, or enjoy summer garden parties.
This familiar urban gardens in the centre of Croydon offers a calm oasis for workers to eat a sandwich, read, have a workout, or take in the street art.
With its mature trees, woodland and parkland, as well as horse riding along its bridle path, Lloyd Park brings a real rus-in-urbe dimension to Croydon. The Parklife café is the place to rehydrate after a session at the outdoor gym or popular Lloyd Park 5km run against the clock.
South Norwood Country Park
With wet land and lake, as well as wild ower meadows, the Country Park is the place for tranquil walks through the changing seasons, watching migrant birds arrive and depart in spring and winter, enjoying a round of Pitch and putt, or going for a bike ride.