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, and for the next half-century was occupied by a series of drapers and costumiers. The first of these was … Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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, I was very puzzled by the curious numbering of 24–26 London Road. Despite the double number, 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 »
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.
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 »
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, 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 »
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 »
Kake’s tour of London Road takes on the architectural puzzle of number 21.
Usually in these articles I cover a single building from construction to the present day. However, in my investigation of 21 London Road, I found out so much information that I’m splitting it into two parts. Here, I’ll discuss issues around the construction of the building, and next time I’ll describe its inhabitants over the years.
Looking … Read More »
Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the pharmacy at number 20.
A-Z Pharmacy at 20 London Road is both one of the oldest buildings on this part of the road and one of the longest-standing businesses. The building has been in use as a pharmacy since the mid-1980s, with the current owner in charge since the turn of the century.
A-Z Pharmacy, 20 London Road, August 2011. Photo: … Read More »