Culture


Restaurant review: McDermott’s fish and chip shop, New Addington

Posted on August 28th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 11 comments

Paddy Blewer salutes a world class chippie

5-7 The Forestdale Centre, Featherbed Way, New Addington, Croydon CR0 9AS
Time from East Croydon:  15 minutes (number 3),  10 minutes or  20 minutes 64,  10 minutes

As a Waddonian for fourteen years who grew up in Wallington, I’d always heard of New Addington but had never really been. It might as well have been Bromley or Cheam. I knew that … Read More »



Event review: Lost Format Society’s pop-up cinema, July-August 2015

Posted on August 25th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 21 comments

Uber-cool, super-fun and under-attended. Where was the queue down Dingwall Road? asks Liz Sheppard-Jones

Feeling proud and positive about Croydon is becoming the norm. Well OK, perhaps I’m jumping the gun slightly, but these days there’s at least a middling chance that a mention of Crocus Town will elicit a positive response, as happened recently to Jonny Rose, Croydon Tech City co-founder, Citizen writer and … Read More »



Comedy festival review: Richard Herring and Matt Green at the Oval Tavern, Thursday 12th August

Posted on August 21st, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 1 Comment

Paul Dennis catches a big fish at the Oval Tavern during Croydon’s comedy festival

Wouldn’t you just know it? Edinburgh is in full swing, so naturally we have a comedy festival in Croydon.

Now, all things being equal, you would expect any comedians worth their salt to be in Scotland right now, so it was a bit of a surprise to see two big names on … Read More »



Discovering Selhurst’s history – musical notes

Posted on August 20th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton continues his exploration of a part of Croydon that’s been in the shadows

In a recent piece for the Citizen, I explained how leading heritage walks in the Selhurst area during the Croydon Heritage Festival opened my eyes to the history of this fascinating part of the world, too often regarded as a minor southern appendage to South Norwood. Whilst doing my research, I began to … Read More »



Restaurant review: Tigris, Fiveways Junction, Waddon

Posted on August 18th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 4 comments

Waddon has become a cradle of culinary delights for Paddy Blewer

445 Purley Way, Croydon CR0 4RG

Time from East Croydon:  25 minutes /  15 minutes 119

I’m sure that my fellow residents of Waddon would agree that we’ve always been poorly served for sit-down restaurants within walking distance of the station. Many years ago there was a better-than-it-had-to-be curry house on … Read More »



Discovering Selhurst’s history: a minor appendage?

Posted on August 13th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton led tours of the area during the Croydon Heritage Festival 2015 and wanted to know more

Selhurst is usually regarded as a minor southern appendage to South Norwood. Croydon Local Studies group has played a part in this, adding only a small section on the area to an information pack about South Norwood produced many years ago. Whilst researching for the Croydon Heritage Festival, I … Read More »



Ambition Festival review: A night of Asian-British fusion at the Fairfield Halls, Saturday 25th July

Posted on August 12th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

The Wizards of Percussion cast a spell on Anne Giles

We went to this event in Fairfield Halls auditorium on Saturday 25th July. The show was part of Croydon’s Ambition Festival and there were three acts in all. The first one was the Wizards of Percussion, consisting partially of Bernhard Schimpelsberger, a British/Austrian composer and percussionist, using his full drum kit and a cajon box … Read More »



Event review: Bourbon and Blues welcomes Debbie Bond and the Tru Dats

Posted on August 11th, by Katie Rose in Culture. 1 Comment

Trouble looks inviting to Katie Rose at a special Ambition Festival edition of Bourbon and Blues

‘You’re the kind of trouble I could get into’ – the first track on Debbie Bond’s new album ‘That Thing Called Love’ – is her opener at the special Bourbon and Blues event for Ambition Festival in the newly launched Air Balloon space at Matthews Yard. Trouble does indeed … Read More »



Restaurant review: two eats, one place – it’s Pizzeria di Prato, London Road

Posted on August 10th, by Marcia Henry-Morgan in Culture. No Comments

Marcia Henry-Morgan is talking good. Belly buster good

152 London Road, CR0 2TD
Time from East Croydon:  20 minutes /  10 minutes by 64 or 198

Pizzeria di Prato, 152 London Road (formerly known as Adams), is quite a place. By day – that’s until about 3:00pm – it’s a café. Then from 4:00pm, it’s a pizzeria. So I’m going to review both the offerings of this … Read More »



Ambition Festival event review: a blunder on Bob’s Blundabus

Posted on August 10th, by Hannah Oliver in Culture. 2 comments

A good time was had by few, to Hannah Oliver’s regret

A blunderbuss, so the worldwide web affirms, is a muzzle-loading firearm. And now comedian Bob Slayer has appropriated the word for the crimson double decker that he acquired in July this year and in which comedy, it is to be hoped, might go off with a similar bang.

Out came the mangy, turquoise bowels of TfL: … Read More »