Surrey Street Treats: Honey mangorita

Posted on October 21st, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. 1 Comment

Combine Surrey Street Market’s exotic Ataúlfo mangoes with a couple of shots from the drinks cabinet to give your margarita a twist

The honey mango, or Ataúlfo mango, is smaller and much richer than the typical mango that we’re used to seeing on Surrey Street.

Right now these honey mangoes can be found on many stalls in the market at a great price. Originating in … Read More »

Croydon Saffron Central one year on

Posted on October 19th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon interviews the movers and shakers and diggers and planters of the world’s largest urban saffron farm

In an unlikely ‘garden’ in Croydon the first shoots are staring to appear. Fenced in by a burst of colourful graffitied panels and overlooked on all sides by buildings, the Wellesley Road traffic thunders past as this small part of built-up Croydon reconnects with its Roman past.

Inside, … Read More »

Interview: Ty Jeffries

Posted on October 17th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Prior to the transatlantic cabaret star’s appearance at Hoodoo’s Live Music Bar, Matthews Yard, Paul Dennis chats to Miss Hope Springs’ musical director, Ty Jeffries

It was at the luxury four star hotel, The Rubens at the Palace (opposite Buckingham Palace mews), that I met Ty Jeffries, songwriter, musician, comedian, and alter ego of Miss Hope Springs. Not being familiar with the location, I arrived early and … Read More »

Restaurant review: Bianco 43

Posted on October 13th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 1 Comment

A mini chain that should have the national brands in Croydon very scared indeed

40 South End, South Croydon, CR0 1DP

Time from East Croydon:  10 minutes 466, 119, 312

I lived in Croydon for over a decade and during that time, Mirch Masala on South End was a firm favourite. Great spicy grills in a no frills environment and BYO booze policy meant that I was there a … Read More »

The rich stories of Fairfield Halls

Posted on October 7th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 2 comments

Sean Creighton hears the echoes of past performances in the now-dormant concert hall

A revolver shot reverberates round the new Fairfield Concert Hall just before the start of an audio test concert on 13th October 1962. Then the British pianist Valerie Tyron plays the first movement of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto in C minor, with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arthur Davison.

Tyron would have … Read More »

I bought my Croydon flat on Instagram

Posted on October 6th, by Maddy Duxbury in Culture. 10 comments

Hunting for a new home in outer London, Maddie Duxbury took a look through the eyes of its inhabitants

Okay, the title is not entirely true… but allow me a little journalistic licence for my first Croydon Citizen article.

So whilst I didn’t physically purchase my first property through the world’s fastest growing social media channel, the most crucial of property buying decisions (where to buy!) … Read More »

“Bondage has never been so banal”: A review of Theatre Utopia’s Black Beauty in Irons

Posted on October 5th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. No Comments

The #Croydon #TechCity co-founder delves into the BDSM underworld of ‘riders’ and ‘ponies’

Nearly a year after watching the profane puppetry of ‘STAN’, I find myself once again in Theatre Utopia for another dose of taboo-bursting theatre. This time it is for Black Beauty In Irons, a POSTEROTICISM production that seeks to “express the truth of the human condition”.

BDSM is soooo hot right now

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Surrey Street Treats: cinnamon and apple crumble

Posted on October 3rd, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford welcomes the season of mellow fruitfulness with a delicious recipe using apples from Surrey Street market

I think that we can now safely say that summer’s over, so I’ve come up with a little twist on one of the most warming puddings that I could think of: apple crumble.

This recipe uses Surrey Street’s apples with cinnamon and walnuts to make it a bit … Read More »

Surrey Street treats: cucumber and mint martini

Posted on September 29th, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

Surrey Street market’s fresh cucumber and mint make for a deliciously different martini, says Karen Cartwright

Humble cucumber is the quintessentially English ingredient. Available all year round for next to nothing in Surrey Street, Croydon’s historic open air fruit and vegetable market, it makes a delightfully refreshing cocktail when combined with mint.

The cocktail: Cucumber and mint martini

Ingredients from the market:

2 inches of fresh cucumber

7 fresh mint … Read More »

Croydon’s Ahmadiyya Muslims celebrate Eid

Posted on September 28th, by Adeel Shah in Culture. 1 Comment

Adeel Shah reports on a well-attended celebration, and provides an insight into Croydon’s Ahmadiyya community

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Chapter of Croydon in New Addington and Shirley hosted an Eid festival get-together dinner party at the Civic Centre in New Addington.

Over 100 guests attended this programme as well as the Deputy Mayor, councillor Toni Letts. Local MP Gavin Barwell was also in attendance, as well as … Read More »