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 »



Event review: the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra plays Croydon Minster, Thursday 23rd July

Posted on July 31st, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 3 comments

Dubstep, drinks and dancing in the aisles – Lauren Furey on the night ADO rocked Croydon Minster

Ambition Festival gave us lots of treats and it was hard to know which event to attend. But one in particular really grabbed my attention – the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra (ADO). The group, from Birmingham, lays its own instrumental style onto classic dubstep songs, re-working and re-shaping them into a … Read More »



Event review: partying on Cron-di beach

Posted on July 28th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 10 comments

Lauren Furey gets a little sand between her toes, CR0 style

There aren’t really waves and boats and surfers and seagulls, but there is sand. Forty-five tonnes of it, to be precise, scattered around Ruskin Square.

Croydon on the Beach kicked off its eight week run on Thursday 20th July, opening day of the Ambition Festival, with food, cocktails, music and beach … Read More »



Good vibrations in the Cronx

Posted on July 20th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 1 Comment

Croydon keeps it real in a city increasingly set apart from the everyday world, says Lauren Furey

London is coming to be viewed as a millionaire playboy’s paradise. Wealthy Russian oligarchs and Saudi princes have flocked to the capital to buy up luxury properties, clubs, restaurants and new housing developments, pricing more and more medium to low income londoners into the suburbs. London’s … Read More »



Event review: Street Cocktails launch at Matthews Yard, Friday 5th June

Posted on June 16th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 1 Comment

Total renegade cocktailing. Porn star potions. Lauren Furey brings you the uncensored truth

My curiosity had been aroused when I first heard that Street Cocktails was setting up shop in Croydon’s beloved Matthews Yard. An entertaining Youtube video had gone out in the run-up to the event, on Friday 5th June, featuring its own Matthew Lisle running past local landmarks to the accompaniment of the … Read More »



Before sunrise: a new dawn for Croydon’s night-time economy?

Posted on May 20th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 2 comments

Lauren Furey calls for a nightclub resurrection

The election is over and Gavin Barwell retained his seat as MP for Croydon Central – just. In the grand scheme of things, it means that we’re not likely to see any drastic changes as we continue in the same vein.

The modern developments will continue to flourish and transform Croydon’s landscape. Businesses will open and others will surely … Read More »



Review: BRGR & BEER at Matthew’s Yard

Posted on April 21st, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 5 comments

Lauren Furey saw the burger that they had made and she saw that it was good

Have you ever had food so good that it makes you speak in obscenities? I can’t reprint the words that spilled from my very full mouth but believe me when I say they would make a vicar blush.

That’s the dining experience you can expect when you … Read More »



The meaning of Mexway

Posted on March 9th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 2 comments

Where the hell is Mexway? Lauren Furey demands to know

A few months ago I wrote a piece for the Citizen about gentrification and the positive and negative impact that it could have on Croydon. I sought to find examples of businesses and entrepreneurs that were helping to maintain and shape the cultural landscape of a town as diverse as Croydon.

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Tales from a Croydon Christmas community volunteer

Posted on January 16th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Lauren Furey volunteered to serve Christmas dinner at a community centre and left with new zest for life

Every year Shakin’ Stevens reminds us that Christmas is a time of ‘love and understanding’, and he’s right; Christmas is about coming together and bonding with our loved ones, even for just one day. Yet, as we get caught up in the merriment of the season, it’s easy to … Read More »



Gentrification and the heart of Croydon

Posted on December 16th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Is Croydon in danger of losing its heart and heritage? Lauren Furey gives her view

Gentrification has come to be an ugly word for London and its thirty-two boroughs. It represents a chasm of change in which pubs become restaurants, clubs become flats and houses become offices. The new builds, with their glossy finishes, sharp designs and attached cafés and ‘express’ shops, have tarnished the … Read More »