Culture


Restaurant review: Khyber Indian Restaurant

Posted on July 23rd, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. 1 Comment

Joy Akwue-Butler enjoys an Indian meal with a modern twist

284-288 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1NG
Time from East Croydon: 12 minutes / 5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312

On Friday 27th June 2014 my partner Charlie and I arranged to go for a meal at the Khyber Indian restaurant. We were warmly welcomed by Jay (one of the main waiters) and shown … Read More »



Review of ‘The Adventures of Andy Kershaw’, Matthew’s Yard, Thursday 17th July

Posted on July 22nd, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 1 Comment

After interviewing the veteran broadcaster last month, Paul Dennis reports on Andy Kershaw’s adventures and anecdotes

Big thanks are due to Neil Woodcock and the rest of “The ukelele and other machines” team for setting up ‘The Adventures of Andy Kershaw’ at Matthew’s Yard on Thursday 17th July. I hope it’s the start of many more such gigs, especially if they are of this quality.

Clearly they … Read More »



Attention Croydonians – there’s champagne on our doorstep

Posted on July 21st, by Faye Edwardes in Culture. 1 Comment

Wine presenter and educator Faye Edwardes toasts the sparkling vintages produced just down the road from Croydon, and the coming of age of English sparkling wine

Nestling not far from our hometown are some fantastic vines bearing wonderful fruit. English sparkling wine is finally coming of age.

There is a growing number of sparkling wine producers in Kent, Surrey and Sussex making very high quality wines. … Read More »



Surrey Street treats: easy chunky guacamole

Posted on July 18th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. 1 Comment

In the third instalment of her recipe series using ingredients from Croydon’s historic Surrey Street market, Jess Bashford offers a light and refreshing summer dip to tempt your tastebuds

Surrey Street Market, just down Crown Hill from Croydon town centre, is always bustling. It’s been part of Croydon since medieval times – 1276 to be precise – and the 738 years since it was founded … Read More »



Exercise classes – bootcamp-style – have come to Croydon

Posted on July 17th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

Anna Arthur goes for the burn as she investigates Croydon’s Great Outdoors exercise campaign – the hard way

Getting up at 6am and running round a park has never been in my top ten list of things to do. Yet I find myself doing exactly that at an early morning boot camp with instructor Paul Cisceros from South Norwood Leisure Centre. He’s been running the … Read More »



Croydon Heritage Festival review: a talk on Croydon’s slavery connections

Posted on July 11th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 4 comments

From Addington Palace to Broad Green to Selsdon, Croydon has connections with the slave trade. Anne Giles learns more about this disturbing aspect of our town’s history

On Monday 30th June I attended a talk entitled ’200 years a slave: Croydon’s slavery connections’ in the Maple Room at Fairfield Halls. The talk was given by Dr Nick Draper from the University College London Department of History. … Read More »



Restaurant review: South Croydon’s little secret, Little Bay

Posted on July 9th, by Jeet Sandhu in Culture. 1 Comment

Although sadly not seated in the operatic section, Jeet Sandhu enjoys a great value family meal at a South Croydon eatery that’s full of surprises

32 Selsdon Road, Croydon, CR2 6PB

Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes / 5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312

Little Bay is such a treat! You would never expect such a charm-filled venue to exist in … Read More »



No wellies required

Posted on July 7th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 5 comments

However you like to have fun in a field, Croydon has something to offer. Liz Sheppard-Jones (party animal – retired on medical grounds) reviews the festival season, south east London style

Festival culture kicked off at Worthy Farm forty-four years ago then went mainstream somewhere in the ’90s. Nowadays no summer is complete without a rock band playing outdoors to a mildly stoned audience in Hunter wellies. … Read More »



Croydon Perspectives – Glenn Foster Photography Exhibition at Matthews Yard

Posted on July 4th, by Tom Winter in Culture. 3 comments

Tom Winter gets a sneak peek of Glenn Foster’s photography exhibition that opens today in Matthew’s Yard and learns a few things about photography

Walking into Matthews Yard on a sunny Friday evening having strolled through Croydon I was told I would know who Glenn Foster was by his comfortable location on the sofas and the presence of his dog, and luckily that is where I … Read More »



How Chromolocomotion was made in Croydon, and what public art might do for our borough

Posted on July 2nd, by Olivia Garner in Culture. 1 Comment

Just don’t mention Tetris! Olivia Garner meets the creator of the artwork making a big impact at St Pancras International station, and discovers how it came to be manufactured very close to home

Every morning since April 2014, commuters at St Pancras International station on Euston Road in Central London have been immersed in a beautiful spectrum of coloured light. It’s all thanks to Scottish artist David … Read More »