Restaurant Review: The Alchemist

Posted on October 3rd, by Stephen Black in Culture. 9 comments

Stephen Black uncovers a local restaurant that’s friendly to coeliacs, vegans, and your wallet

The Alchemist, 273 Morland Road, CR0 6HE, tel. 07564 036977
Time from East Croydon:   11 minutes 

Is the key to a good dinner the connection between base and superstructure? Does the economic relationship of the workers to the enterprise determine the quality of the outcome?

It was a friend’s birthday. … Read More »



Central Planning?

Posted on July 23rd, by Stephen Black in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Stephen Black asks how far Croydon Council will go to defend the town’s future and special character

Last month I wrote an article for the Citizen called ‘Croydon, the unique city?’. It drew conclusions about the future of Croydon from my unschooled observations of London over the last thirty years.

I argued that the nature of Croydon’s housing stock determined its relative position in the pecking … Read More »



Croydon, the unique city?

Posted on June 6th, by Stephen Black in Culture. 4 comments

Stephen Black explains how Croydon’s brutalist architectural collage could make it the next Stoke Newington

I’ve lived in London for more than thirty years, twenty-five of them in Croydon, and it’s long been a parlour game of mine to speculate (even ‘pontificate’) on why some parts of London are considered desirable, fashionable, chic, hip, cool, or simply ‘nice’, while others are not.

Before moving to Croydon … Read More »