Review: Art & Craft CR0 bar, Surrey Street

Posted on June 5th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. No Comments

Good beer and cool art come to Surrey Street

They say that good things come in small packages. This certainly applies to the new bar in Surrey Street, Art & Craft, a very welcome addition to the pub and bar scene in Croydon, situated in the former Croydon Advertiser building – whose original sign they hope to restore.

The bar is owned by Tom Talbot and … Read More »

#CroydonLitFest: Who wants to help put on Croydon’s first literary festival?

Posted on January 23rd, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 2 comments

A call to arms for local bookworms to follow in the footsteps of #Croydon #TechCity

In 2017, Croydon stands as one of the most exciting places in the UK to be right now.

Croydon is currently experiencing an arts renaissance. We now host exhibitions from the likes of Banksy and Damien Hirst. We have gained four new art galleries in the space of one … Read More »

SPONSORED: So, I’ve decided to start a new Croydon fashion label: Croydon Vs The World

Posted on May 23rd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 5 comments

Not content with ruling over #Croydon #TechCity, Jonny Rose wants to be the Calvin Klein of South London

Most people are proud of where they come from. Yet amongst Croydonians I’ve noticed a particular kind of pride – one that moves beyond mere words and manifests itself in action.

These Croydonians don’t sit around fecklessly moaning and complaining about their lot in life but … Read More »

Tate Croydon: On the importance of Croydon’s new art galleries

Posted on September 15th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. No Comments

Jonny Rose wants the Croydon art scene to coalesce into the arts capital of south London

In a recent piece on Croydon’s new ‘Arts quarter’ in St George’s Walk, I noted how the borough had gone from “0 to three art galleries in just twelve months”.

This kind of dynamism is typical of a borough that is seeing unprecedented activity from locals … Read More »

Event review: It Began On The Walls: the Banksy retrospective at Rise Gallery

Posted on August 7th, by Katie Rose in Culture. 4 comments

A 400% increase in footfall in St George’s Walk – that’s the power of art. Katie Rose finds out more

“Wtf is this doing in Croydon?”. Niroshan, lead singer of Croydon band Reptiles, is clearly as surprised as I am to find myself at an exclusive preview of a high-profile collection of Banksy artworks on display at RISE Gallery on a warm July evening.

“I’m just … Read More »

Has St George’s Walk become the epicentre of Croydon’s independent arts revival?

Posted on June 18th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 2 comments

Jonny Rose looks back on the year that St George’s Walk broke

As I write this, it is almost a year ago to the day that Andrew Dickinson could be found lamenting the state of St George’s Walk in these very pages:

“This should have been Park Place, a new retail and leisure hub [...] for people to enjoy a café culture lifestyle, and … Read More »