Culture


Surrey Street treats : autumnal plum crumble

Posted on October 21st, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford welcomes the season of warming puddings with a delicious crumble using plums from Surrey Street market

After a weirdly warm start, autumn’s definitely here. So for the latest in my recipe series I’ve whipped up a sweet Surrey Street treat: a pud that’s perfect for after a Sunday roast and a crumble that’s a lovely way to use some … Read More »



How the Save David Lean team runs a cinema

Posted on October 17th, by Jill Thomas in Culture. 2 comments

Re-opening Croydon’s much-loved David Lean cinema in March 2014 was just the beginning. Jill Thomas explains what the volunteers did next

When the David Lean Cinema closed in 2011, the loss of Croydon’s much-loved arts cinema was palpable. Films were made available to an appreciative audience at the Spreadeagle pub next door, but the aim was always to have the cinema itself re-opened. And some … Read More »



Surrey Street treats: glorious baba ghanoush

Posted on October 15th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. 1 Comment

As autumn comes and the nights draw in, Jess Bashford visits Croydon’s historic Surrey Street market seeking a last taste of summer

It’s been a while since my last forage round the market. But now the weather’s starting to get chillier, I thought it was about time to see what the market has to offer. And I’ve gone for another … Read More »



Review: Comedy at the Cronx Brewery

Posted on October 14th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Paul Dennis samples a barrel of laughs at Croydon’s premier brewery

Raise a glass to the Cronx Brewery for its new venture: ‘Comedy at the Cronx’. On the face of it a brave move – Wednesday nights in Croydon – and dare I say it, New Addington, aren’t renowned for entertainment opportunities of this kind, and I really hope that after this encouraging start there will … Read More »



Event review: Live @ Croydon Pop-Up Emporium

Posted on October 13th, by Wes in Culture. No Comments

Wes Baker is organising a series of pop-up music events in Church Street Croydon. Here – with a little help from his friends – he reports on what happened one Saturday in September

On Saturday 27th September I was delighted to help stage the second Live @ Croydon Pop-Up Emporium event. It’s an idea born from a quick chat with a few of the … Read More »



Croydon International Film Festival

Posted on October 8th, by Donna Lipowitz in Culture. No Comments

This autumn, Croydon will host its second International Film Festival at Matthew’s Yard. Donna Lipowitz shares her excitement, hopes and dreams

Last year, the artist Benjamin Bridges and I were searching for somewhere to screen a film we made together. To our delight we discovered Matthews Yard and met some amazing people (including Alice Cretney of Turf Projects) who helped us with the tech, screening, promotion and … Read More »



South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival

Posted on October 6th, by Marek Slodkowski in Culture. 2 comments

The organisers of the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Film Festival want to bring something different to local film fans, as Marek Slodkowski explains

Do you love film? People really love films, don’t they? Films can entertain us, they can make us cry, make us think differently or just make us laugh. It’s something you can do on your own, and something you can share with your … Read More »



Afternoon tea in Croydon gives Knightsbridge a run for its money

Posted on October 3rd, by Danielle Lowe in Culture. 8 comments

Danielle Lowe indulges herself in a truly English tradition – the Croydon way

Originally for those of the highest social classes, afternoon tea was created as a sophisticated way to gather with acquaintances over expensive teas and fancy desserts and to see and be seen in the ritziest establishments and department stores of London.

You surely can’t get more socially exclusive than Harrods, and a couple … Read More »



Why does the Whitgift Centre have an artist-in-residence?

Posted on October 3rd, by Osheen Shrinivas in Culture. No Comments

Artist Hale Man is in residence at the Whitgift Centre. So what’s that all about?  Osheen Shrinivas explains

In June 2014 Hale Man set up shop in an empty shop on the ground floor of Croydon’s Whitgift Shopping Centre. She’s using this pop-up space to create art with the people of Croydon, young and old, under the theme of the five elements of Chinese Feng Shui – wood, … Read More »



Restaurant review: Karnavar, South Croydon

Posted on October 1st, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. No Comments

Joy Akwue-Butler discovers a gem in South Croydon

62 South End Croydon, Surrey CR0 1DP
Time from East Croydon: 12 minutes / 5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312

As my daughter Jasmine is due to return to university soon, I thought it would be nice to take her out for a meal. So on Friday 12th September Jasmine and I decided to check … Read More »