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Points of Interest: Croydon
Croydon is situated less than 10 miles south of Charing Cross and is identified as one of 11 metropolitan centres in Greater London.
In the past, Croydon was a part of Surrey and started from very humble beginnings with no more than 400 inhabitants. It has expanded over the years to become a market town, industrial area and major transport hub, making it part of a new urban planning initiative.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has publicly backed Croydon’s campaign for city status and granted the town £23 million of funding for redevelopment in 2011. Since then, a number of apartment developments have been built, with others in the pipeline.
Thanks to its development since the early 11th century, Croydon boasts plenty of shopping opportunities. The town is home to the Whitgift Centre, Centrale, and House of Fraser, and as such is one of the largest places to shop in the region, second only to central London.
Croydon is not only good for shopping, it also follows the Square Mile and the Docklands as London’s third central business district. The Croydon BID area covers most of the town centre and represents the interests of around 580 organisations.
In terms of entertainment and things to do, Croydon is not short of ideas. The famous Fairfield Halls, an arts centre containing a concert hall, gallery and civic hall, has seen performances from The Beatles, Queen, Morrissey.
If you would rather spend your time outside, one of Croydon’s 104 parks and green spaces can help. The Queen’s Gardens and Park Hill Park are situated in the town centre, while Duppas Hill Park is nearby.
Some of the Mayor’s £23 million fund is being used to regenerate the South End of Croydon and turn it into the town’s restaurant quarter, making it a go-to destination. Croydon is already popular with foodies, with two of its restaurants listed in The Good Food Guide. One of these, Albert’s Table, has also been awarded a Michelin Star.