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A newcomer’s first impressions of Croydon

Posted on June 11th, by Myra Rademacher in Culture. 3 comments

The borough’s identity through the eyes of an outsider

Identity has always been crucial to people and places. Formal identification is needed for individuals to travel, pay for goods and even to rent a library book. Places like airports and docks have names or codes that distinguish their locations from others. These are all very practical, mechanical aspects of the word.

But in a much more … Read More »



Mayor Sadiq Khan visits the People’s Republic of Croydon

Posted on May 1st, by Charlotte Davies in Politics & Society. No Comments

It was #EatDrinkCampaign as the London Mayor spoke at Boxpark on Monday evening

Sadiq Khan arrived in Croydon at 7pm on a wet and windy night. London’s mayor is every inch the people’s politician, engaging quickly through the crowd, touching everyone and making close eye contact. At the end of the event he lingered, took part in selfie after selfie, listened, talked and hugged. This is a … Read More »



Is Boxpark’s boss right about Croydon town centre? (Part two)

Posted on April 25th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As Roger Wade calls out complacency amongst the town centre’s managers, is there a growing crisis in Croydon?

In the first part of this article, I questioned Boxpark CEO Roger Wade’s recent statement in the Croydon Advertiser that ‘complacency’ on the part of Croydon Council, the developers active in the area and Croydon’s creatives is holding back the town centre’s development. What else isn’t working in the … Read More »



Croydon’s creative makers and shakers take over Boxpark in May

Posted on April 23rd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Made in Croydon is a cultural movement to promote the town’s creatives and their work

Made in Croydon is a collective of artists, designers and creative manufacturers who are inspired by living or creating in Croydon. It started, as so many good ideas do, over a cup of coffee.

From an idea in our heads – wouldn’t it be great to showcase all the fantastic creative … Read More »



Is Boxpark’s boss right about Croydon town centre? (Part one)

Posted on April 17th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 8 comments

“If they don’t come to Boxpark, they don’t come to Croydon”, says CEO Roger Wade. But is he right?

In a recent interview with the Croydon Advertiser, Roger Wade, founder and CEO of Boxpark, declares that he is concerned about the town centre and Croydon. He “would like to believe that Boxpark is one of the major things which is helping Croydon to improve” but feels that … Read More »



We’ve got coffee shops, work spaces, and galleries galore, here’s what Croydon needs next

Posted on February 23rd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 3 comments

Here are some of the more interesting establishments that we should be seeking to bring to the area

Six years ago, Croydon was in a state of economic and cultural stasis. In 2018, that has all changed.

Croydon now stands as London’s coolest borough. It is the ‘Street art capital of London’, and the UK’s fastest growing tech cluster. Croydon is now a place where anyone … Read More »



The big questions at Croydon’s Congress on Culture

Posted on January 19th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

We were invited to ‘have the conversations’, so how did they go?

Croydon’s Congress on Culture brought together representatives from businesses, charities, and voluntary organisations along with arts professionals and activists to discuss the borough’s cultural offering. The congress was hosted by Paula Murray, the council’s creative director. Richard Ings of Arts Council England was visiting speaker, with the business event hosted and co-ordinated by Shaking Hands.

The day … Read More »



November 2017 in brief

Posted on December 18th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of November 2017, summarised by the Citizen team

Croydon Council announces plans to preserve outlying town centres after the Westfield retail centre opens

It was reported in the Croydon Advertiser that Croydon Council plans to invest in Croydon’s ‘village’ centres after the Westfield complex is built in the town centre. Croydon Council chief executive Jo Negrini made the statement during questioning on the issue at the … Read More »



Why I’m backing Croydon’s bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture

Posted on December 6th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

All the low-down on the borough’s bid, supported by the Citizen as a proud local media partner

David Bowie famously used the word ‘Croydon’ as an insult. “God, it’s so f**king Croydon”, he would say.

Well, Bowie was no stranger to cultural re-invention and if he were still alive today, it wouldn’t take much to convince him that Croydon is ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. In fact, as … Read More »



Review: The Cronx Bar

Posted on November 8th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. 2 comments

This local success story offers the great beer and service of micro-pubs without the fuss, testosterone, or stuffiness

It’s become somewhat fashionable to suggest that prior to Boxpark’s arrival, Croydon lacked good places to eat and drink. This is, of course, an exaggeration and somewhat unfair on existing Croydon businesses.

However, one thing that Croydon did lack was a purist beer bar; although there are many … Read More »