Fun in the sun at Croydon Food and Music Festival 2018

Posted on July 3rd, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 3 comments

A really great vibe and a true representation of Croydon

This yearʼs festival, on Sunday 24th June, may have coincided with Englandʼs World Cup game against Panama, but that still didnʼt stop the people of Croydon heading down to South End’s restaurant quarter to experience exquisite food from around the globe – as well as quality cocktails and amazing summertime vibes.

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Croydon and the battle to be London Borough of Culture

Posted on February 28th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 1 Comment

We didn’t win, but we’ve plenty to be proud of

So, Croydon did not win the title of London’s first Borough of Culture. But we can most definitely hold our heads high with the sense of pride and honour that comes from having fought the good fight.

Croydon has changed dramatically in recent years. In fact, it’s the reason that Croydon made a bid for London … Read More »



One year on: An interview with Boxpark CEO Roger Wade

Posted on November 3rd, by Lauren Furey in Economics & Business. 8 comments

Twelve months into Boxpark Croydon’s tenure, the man behind the boxes talks to Lauren Furey about the ups, the downs and the surprises

If you can believe it, Boxpark Croydon is about to celebrate its first birthday. It’s been twelve whole months since Boxpark’s huge launch weekend with Eskimo Dance and NME. On the one hand, it seems crazy to think that Boxpark has already been here a year but, on … Read More »



Boxpark from the inside out

Posted on January 30th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

When we said that we were here for Croydon, we meant it

The decision to place Boxpark 2.0 in Croydon was met with celebration, controversy and criticism. Some were excited and positive. Others were more wary.

From the outside looking in, Boxpark probably looks like the creation of corporate giants, swarming into developing areas and marking their territory with dining and retail spaces. The truth is that the … Read More »



I’m on the side of change

Posted on January 10th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 4 comments

Lauren Furey sees much to be optimistic about this year, but says that we need to keep local voices from being drowned out

If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that an entire year can become a farce. You’ve no doubt seen the countless memes reminding us what a roller-coaster the last twelve months have been:

Me: 2016 is gonna be my year!
Narrator: 2016 … Read More »



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 »



A deafening silence surrounds young male suicide

Posted on March 29th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 3 comments

A Croydon tragedy leads Lauren Furey to speak out on a subject close to her heart

On Tuesday 8th March 2016, Jerome Rogers’ body was discovered in woodland on Featherbed Lane, just outside New Addington. He had taken his own life. Jerome was twenty years old.

I knew Jerome, not as well as many but he was a … Read More »



Tiger Tiger’s final roar

Posted on January 8th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 3 comments

Lauren Furey says bye to the Tiger, the nightclub described as ‘a Croydon landmark’

When I was asked to write about the imminent closure of Croydon’s nightclub Tiger Tiger, my initial thought was that I would have nothing particularly glowing to say about the place. But, thinking about it, Tiger Tiger shutting its doors may hint at a wider problem in Croydon.

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Container crates, Croydon and me, by Mr Boxpark

Posted on November 30th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Roger Wade, CEO of Boxpark, gives Lauren Furey the lowdown on how, when and above all… why Croydon

Arriving at Boxpark Croydon’s marketing suite was like stepping into a wrapped up Christmas present. You shouldn’t peek, but it’s exciting. It was here I met Boxpark’s mastermind and CEO, Roger Wade, to hear what Croydon can expect from its new Boxpark, set to open in summer 2016.

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Boxpark is coming… don’t panic!

Posted on September 7th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Lauren Furey says a definite ‘no’ to ‘Cro-Do’ but a big ‘yes’ to the new Boxpark

This isn’t news. In fact, it’s old. The anticipated summer 2016 arrival of Croydon’s Boxpark has been well documented. Both local and national publications have proclaimed and celebrated the coming of Roger Wade’s pop-up mall to south London. Another Boxpark! On our own doorstep! It seems to tie in nicely with … Read More »