31 London Road: Euro Fruiterers

Posted on January 3rd, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to one of the oldest buildings on this section of the road; originally a private residence, later a branch of the Home & Colonial Stores.

Euro Fruiterers at 31 London Road may look modest, but this small shopfront has a venerable history in grocery sales. It’s also one of the oldest buildings on this part of the road.

Euro Fruiterers, 31 London Road, … Read More »



30 London Road: Pizza Hut

Posted on December 20th, by Kake in History. No Comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the Pizza Hut delivery outlet that was previously a fish and chip shop, a wallpaper shop, and a butchers.

The Pizza Hut branch at 30 London Road is one of the longer-standing businesses in the area — it’s been serving up takeaway pizzas for around a quarter of a century.

Pizza Hut, 30 London Road, December 2013. Photo: author’s own.

The building was … Read More »



29 London Road: Snow Nails & Beauty

Posted on December 6th, by Kake in History. No Comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes in the birthplace of Davies Baby Carriages, now a manicurists and pedicurists.

29 London Road is currently occupied by Snow Nails & Beauty, a specialist manicurist and pedicurist.

Snow Nails & Beauty, 29 London Road, September 2013. Photo: author’s own.

The building was constructed around 1869–1872[1], and for the next half-century was occupied by a series of drapers and costumiers. The first of these was … Read More »



28 London Road: First Choice Bakers

Posted on November 22nd, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes in the Caribbean bakery at number 28, previously home to Express Dairies and Dr Scholls.

28 London Road is the home of First Choice Bakers, self-described as “producers & suppliers of the finest quality Jamaican patties, English & Caribbean breads, buns, confectionary & other specialties”.

First Choice Bakers, 28 London Road, December 2011. Photo: author’s own.

28 London Road was constructed, along with numbers 30–34, … Read More »



27 London Road: Zaika

Posted on November 8th, by Kake in History. 3 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes in Zaika, a small Pakistani cafe and takeaway in a building that’s previously housed chemists, dentists, fishmongers, greengrocers, bakers, postal services, and computer sales.

Zaika at 27 London Road is a Pakistani cafe and takeaway with around a decade’s service in West Croydon.

Zaika, 27 London Road, February 2013. Photo: author’s own.

As discussed in previous articles in this series, 23–29 London Road were all … Read More »



25 London Road: West Croydon Post Office/Posh Afro Cosmetics

Posted on October 25th, by Kake in History. 1 Comment

Kake’s tour of London Road looks at the history of West Croydon Post Office, featuring Berlin wool, tea, coffee, margarine, fish, and cosmetics.

25 London Road is the home of the West Croydon Post Office, as well as a beauty products shop known as Posh Afro Cosmetics. It’s been a post office since the mid-1970s, though the beauty products are a rather later addition.

West Croydon Post Office/Posh Afro Cosmetics, … Read More »



24–26 London Road: Early Till Late

Posted on October 11th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes in a curiously-numbered convenience store.

When I made my first survey of central Croydon retail in late 2011[1], I was very puzzled by the curious numbering of 24–26 London Road. Despite the double number[2], and the lack of a gap between the building and its neighbours at number 22 and number 28, this is just a single shopfront housing a newsagents and convenience … Read More »



23 London Road: Prestige Barber

Posted on September 27th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes in one of the smaller properties; originally a bootmakers, now a barbers.

23 London Road is the home of Prestige Barber. This is one of the smaller shopfronts on London Road, being a mere 3¼ metres across[1].

Left: Prestige Barber, 23 London Road, December 2011. Right: A-board outside Prestige Barber, July 2013. Photographs by the author.

The building was constructed around 1869–1872, at the same … Read More »



22 London Road: Prestige Hair & Beauty

Posted on September 13th, by Kake in History. 3 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road returns with a small hair and beauty salon that started life as a greengrocer and fishmonger.

Prestige Hair & Beauty, 22 London Road, May 2013. Photo: author’s own.

Unlike most of the other addresses I’ve covered so far in this series[1], the current building at 22 London Road is not the original one constructed on this site. It was built around 1899 as one of … Read More »



21 London Road, part 2: Brixton

Posted on July 19th, by Kake in History. 3 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road continues the story of number 21, before taking a break during August — back at the start of September!

21 London Road is the home of the somewhat confusingly-named Brixton, a Caribbean takeaway with a small eat-in area.

Brixton, 21 London Road, July 2013. Photo: author’s own.

In the previous article in this series, I described the story of the building from when it was common … Read More »