21 London Road, part 1: In the beginning

Posted on July 5th, by Kake in History. 3 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes on the architectural puzzle of number 21.

Usually in these articles I cover a single building from construction to the present day. However, in my investigation of 21 London Road, I found out so much information that I’m splitting it into two parts. Here, I’ll discuss issues around the construction of the building, and next time I’ll describe its inhabitants over the years.

Looking … Read More »



20 London Road: A-Z Pharmacy

Posted on June 21st, by Kake in History. No Comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the pharmacy at number 20.

A-Z Pharmacy at 20 London Road is both one of the oldest buildings on this part of the road and one of the longest-standing businesses. The building has been in use as a pharmacy since the mid-1980s, with the current owner in charge since the turn of the century.

A-Z Pharmacy, 20 London Road, August 2011. Photo: … Read More »



19 London Road: Plan Personnel

Posted on June 7th, by Kake in History. 6 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the employment agency at number 19.

19 London Road is currently a branch of Plan Personnel, an employment agency with several branches around London and the South East.

Plan Personnel, 19 London Road, June 2013. Photo: author’s own.

The building was constructed around 1863 as part of a block with numbers 13–17[1], and the first recorded occupier is listed in Simpson’s 1864 street … Read More »



18 London Road: Golden Chef’s Grill

Posted on May 24th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the family-run café at number 18.

Golden Chef’s Grill, 18 London Road, August 2011. Photo: author’s own.

18 London Road is the home of the Golden Chef’s Grill, a traditional British café open throughout the day. It serves fry-ups, sandwiches, burgers, tea, coffee, and so on; though in something of a departure from the usual “greasy spoon”, the premises are sparkling clean … Read More »



17 London Road: Croydon Kebab Centre

Posted on May 10th, by Kake in History. 4 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the kebab shop at number 17, which was previously a grocer, bookseller, fishmonger, and TV rental shop.

17 London Road is the home of the Croydon Kebab Centre. This informatively-named shop is one of the longer-standing businesses on this part of London Road; it’s been a purveyor of grilled meats since at least the mid-1970s, under the current name since the … Read More »



16 London Road: The Money Shop

Posted on April 26th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to another payday loan shop, this one at number 16.

The final member of the payday loan shop cluster around West Croydon Station is at number 16. The Money Shop opened in late 2011 on a site that, several decades earlier, was occupied by a rather different type of financial institution.

The Money Shop, 16 London Road, December 2011. Photo: author’s own.

1:500 … Read More »



13–15 London Road: Cash Converters

Posted on April 11th, by Kake in History. 5 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes in another member of the payday loan shop cluster around West Croydon Station.

While H & T Pawnbrokers at number 12 is a fairly new addition to London Road, Cash Converters at numbers 13–15 has a somewhat longer tenure in the area.

Cash Converters, 13–15 London Road, February 2013. Photo author’s own.

13–15 London Road was built in 1863[1], as part of a block with … Read More »



12–14 London Road: H & T Pawnbrokers and Ladbrokes

Posted on March 29th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the 1920s architecture at numbers 12–14.

As of 2013, 12 London Road is a branch of H&T Pawnbrokers, the pawnbroker and payday loan shop chain, and 14 London Road is a Ladbrokes betting shop. Given the intertwined history of these addresses, I’ve decided to cover them in the same article. Although now occupied by separate businesses, the premises were constructed as … Read More »



10a London Road: Davis of Croydon and N Tapper Shoe Repairs

Posted on March 15th, by Kake in History. 5 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road nips around the side of Greggs to take in the two small properties both numbered 10a.

Alongside the Greggs branch at West Croydon Station, just around the corner from London Road, a couple of small kiosks sit firmly attached to the concrete side wall of the building.

Davis of Croydon Car Hire and N Tapper Shoe Repairs, March 2013.

The first definite evidence of kiosks on … Read More »



10 London Road: Greggs

Posted on February 28th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves from the Victorian architecture of the west side of the road to 1930s concrete at number 10.

The breezeblock building of West Croydon Station’s London Road entrance also houses a branch of Greggs, the UK-wide bakery and pasty-seller. I suspect most of their custom comes from people passing through the station, helped by the fact that the shop has a second entrance leading … Read More »