Kake’s tour of London Road takes in the birthplace of Davies Baby Carriages, now a manicurists and pedicurists.
29 London Road is currently occupied by Snow Nails & Beauty, a specialist manicurist and pedicurist.
Snow Nails & Beauty, 29 London Road, September 2013. Photo: author’s own.
The building was constructed around 1869–1872, and for the next half-century was occupied by a series of drapers and costumiers. The first of these was … Read More »
Kake’s tour of London Road takes in the Caribbean bakery at number 28, previously home to Express Dairies and Dr Scholls.
28 London Road is the home of First Choice Bakers, self-described as “producers & suppliers of the finest quality Jamaican patties, English & Caribbean breads, buns, confectionary & other specialties”.
First Choice Bakers, 28 London Road, December 2011. Photo: author’s own.
28 London Road was constructed, along with numbers 30–34, … Read More »
Kake’s tour of London Road takes in Zaika, a small Pakistani cafe and takeaway in a building that’s previously housed chemists, dentists, fishmongers, greengrocers, bakers, postal services, and computer sales.
Zaika at 27 London Road is a Pakistani cafe and takeaway with around a decade’s service in West Croydon.
Zaika, 27 London Road, February 2013. Photo: author’s own.
As discussed in previous articles in this series, 23–29 London Road were all … Read More »
Francesca Baker takes us on a tour of Croydon’s diverse musical heritage, from the Beatles to dubstep producer Skream
A few miles down the road, in nearby Peckham, there is something of a musical renaissance happening. Billed as the new Dalston, the area which is famed more for Delboy than chords and choruses, is bubbling with musical talent, a burgeoning club culture and pop-up gigs … Read More »
As we approach the end of Black History Month, Sean Creighton our local historian, reflects on the impact Martin Luther King had on Croydon from across the Atlantic.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’”
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Kake’s tour of London Road looks at the history of West Croydon Post Office, featuring Berlin wool, tea, coffee, margarine, fish, and cosmetics.
25 London Road is the home of the West Croydon Post Office, as well as a beauty products shop known as Posh Afro Cosmetics. It’s been a post office since the mid-1970s, though the beauty products are a rather later addition.
West Croydon Post Office/Posh Afro Cosmetics, … Read More »
Kake’s tour of London Road takes in a curiously-numbered convenience store.
When I made my first survey of central Croydon retail in late 2011, I was very puzzled by the curious numbering of 24–26 London Road. Despite the double number, and the lack of a gap between the building and its neighbours at number 22 and number 28, this is just a single shopfront housing a newsagents and convenience … Read More »
In the Croydon Citizen’s final piece on the gentrification debate (for this week, at least!), long-term resident Terry Coleman shares his family’s century-long view of class and change in Croydon
There seems to be a debate forming around the social mix and mobility of our townsfolk. It’s an important subject and I would like to join the discussion by putting some of my personal history … Read More »
As Black History Month begins, local historian Sean Creighton looks at Croydon’s African and South Asian heritage
October is Black History Month (BHM). It is a month dedicated to the celebration of the contribution of people of African and South Asian heritage in Britain – a contribution which has been being made since at least the reign of Henry VII.
Many Black History activists … Read More »
Kake’s tour of London Road takes in one of the smaller properties; originally a bootmakers, now a barbers.
23 London Road is the home of Prestige Barber. This is one of the smaller shopfronts on London Road, being a mere 3¼ metres across.
Left: Prestige Barber, 23 London Road, December 2011. Right: A-board outside Prestige Barber, July 2013. Photographs by the author.
The building was constructed around 1869–1872, at the same … Read More »