Celebrity interview: X-Factor’s Ben Haenow’s coming home

Posted on April 19th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. No Comments

Ben Haenow takes to the Fairfield stage on Tuesday 19th April. Lauren Furey chatted to him about music, family, Fairfield and dreams coming true

Hey Ben! Firstly, let’s go back to your X-Factor audition, back in 2014. What was it like getting those four yeses from the judges?

It was absolutely incredible. It was almost like an out of body experience … Read More »

Restaurant review: Las Fuentes tapas bar, Selsdon

Posted on April 18th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Friendly staff, lovely food and a secret liqueur added up to a great meal out for Anne Giles

143 Addington Road, Selsdon, Croydon, CR2 8JJ

Time from East Croydon:   15 minutes 64

My husband Steve and I decided to try out the new tapas bar in Selsdon. Las Fuentes also has a branch in Purley, which we had been to, so we … Read More »

Event review: ‘The Ladykillers’ by Theatre Workshop Coulsdon

Posted on April 15th, by Andy Ellis in Culture. No Comments

A mis-timed sound effect caused chuckles, says Andy Ellis, but a great time was had by audience and cast alike

I had never seen nor read The Ladykillers, a stage adaptation by Grahame Linehan of the Ealing comedy of the same name, and so entered Coulsdon Community Centre with no idea of plot or even of genre. I wasn’t even quite sure how to get … Read More »

Beauty review: Shellac nails at Hellogorgeous Studios, Church Street

Posted on April 13th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones gets tip-top toes

Shellac toe nails at Hellogorgeous Studios, 85-87 Church Street, Croydon CR0 1RN.

I’m a medium maintenance woman. I think most of us would say the same: ‘high’ has unpleasantly princess-y overtones, whilst ‘low’ smacks of eyebrows gone feral and leg stubble sprouting like mushrooms. One of my middling requirements is definitely tarted-up toenails.

A Shellac toe-job’s a life-changer: unchippable, immaculate nails for … Read More »

Event review: Beethoven in Stalingrad at the Spreadeagle pub theatre, Friday 1st April

Posted on April 12th, by Charles Barber in Culture. No Comments

Rather than being transported to the battlefield, Charles Barber is left a little too conscious of sitting in a comfortable theatre

A part of me wondered why I’d chosen to go and see a play with the title ‘Beethoven in Stalingrad’ after I’d already read Antony Beevor’s brilliant book about one of the second World War’s most devastating battles. At the end of the book, … Read More »

Surrey Street Treats: raspberry cream for puddings

Posted on April 11th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

It’s a dream theme of fruit cream, says Jess Bashford

This month I’m whipping up another sweet treat. I’m using raspberries from Croydon’s historic Surrey Street’s to create a cream to go with lots of puddings. The sharpness of the raspberries means that it can help balance ones that are a little on the sickly sweet side.

The recipe: … Read More »

“A brilliant example of art for art’s sake”: the James Oliver exhibition launch at Descartes Gallery, Matthews Yard

Posted on April 8th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. No Comments

Jonny Rose praises the Croydon artist James Oliver’s imaginative and vivid exhibition at Matthews Yard

In an age where everyone thinks they’re a legitimate social commentator with a Big Idea, it’s refreshing to meet someone who creates art just for the heck of it.

James Oliver is one such person, and last Friday I had the joy of conversing with the genial Jarvis Cocker … Read More »

In life and death, was Samuel Coleridge-Taylor just a victim of racism?

Posted on April 7th, by Gareth Endean in Culture. 3 comments

Wheeled out for Black History Month, then forgotten again. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor deserves better, says Gareth Endean

Take a stroll down Charles Street, an otherwise unremarkable road in Croydon’s old town, and you’ll reach a curious sculpture depicting three of Croydon’s most famous residents. The figures, as voted for by the public, are the recently-deceased comedian Ronnie Corbett, celebrated actor Dame Peggy Ashcroft and composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

The … Read More »

Restaurant review: Lazzari’s, Morland Road

Posted on April 6th, by Sarah Timms in Culture. 3 comments

Addiscombe resident Sarah Timms finds a little gem just around the corner

1 Dartnell Road, Croydon, CR0 7JB

Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes / 5 minutes 197


Perched on the corner of Dartnell Road and Morland Road in Addiscombe is a small café called Lazzari’s. It’s Italian, a family-run affair, and has been open for four years.

On … Read More »

Event review: the Norbury Manor Celeste choir sings with Lianne La Havas at the Royal Albert Hall

Posted on April 4th, by Liberty Martin in Culture. No Comments

Liberty Martin is wowed by a Croydon school choir at the Royal Albert Hall

Most school choirs don’t sing at the Royal Albert Hall with a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, but the Norbury Manor Celeste choir is an exception. On Monday 14th March, twenty Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College for Girls (NMBEC) students sang with the stunning Lianne La Havas in her sell-out concert at the Royal … Read More »