Food and drink

Event review: Croydon’s Summer of Love Festival

Posted on June 30th, by Peter Ball with Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Fifty years after the Summer of Love, Croydon celebrates in Wandle Park

Croydon’s Summer of Love festival was Andrew Dickinson’s idea.

When he’s not hanging loose, he manages events in Wandle Park and organises recycling and re-use services for the borough.

He decided that Croydon should mark the anniversary by having a community festival.

On Saturday 17th June the festival commenced and some amazing … Read More »

April 2017 in brief

Posted on May 11th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon’s news stories of April 2017, summarised in a handy page

Allegations that tram drivers fell asleep at the controls

National press reports claimed that drivers of Croydon trams have been sleeping at the vehicles’ controls, with the BBC reporting that four drivers had admitted they had done so. A Rail Accident Investigation Branch enquiry is underway into the tram derailment on Thursday 9th November 2016 which killed … Read More »

Restaurant review: Mingo Argentine Steakhouse, Purley

Posted on March 1st, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 5 comments

This excellent purveyor of meat and drink is not a cheap night out – but you get what you pay for

Time from East Croydon:   15 minutes

6-8 Tudor Court, Russell Hill Road, Purley, CR8 2LA

Many of you will remember the Buenos Aires Steakhouse chain. There used to be a large one in Purley and some years ago now, a small one at in South End that … Read More »

2017: Croydon’s Summer of Love

Posted on February 23rd, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 15 comments

The world needs happiness more than ever right now, so let’s lead by example

Well, what a miserable year 2016 turned out to be. The year got appalling press for a variety of reasons, and Croydon again was mentioned as one of the most miserable places to live. Incidentally, who do they ask for these surveys? How can we reach these people?

There’s no … Read More »

Culinary discovery in the early days of Boxpark

Posted on November 29th, by Ian Marvin in Culture. No Comments

Ian Marvin went hunting in Croydon’s newest smorgasbord and came away satisfied

I approached the slow emergence of Boxpark with some scepticism, especially with regard to the ever-shifting opening date. The last minute appearance of a lonely JCB on the site around the end of February this year didn’t help either. However, since it opened (as I write, three weeks ago) I must have been there more … Read More »

Restaurant review: Cote d’Azur

Posted on May 20th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. 1 Comment

French cuisine meets the island of Mauritius in South Croydon. Joy Akwue-Butler paid a visit

18 Selsdon Road, SouthCroydon, CR2 6PA

Time from East Croydon:  25 minutes / 5 minutes 119, 466 or 312


Cote d’Azur is a French restaurant with a Mauritian influence. I hadn’t heard of it before, so when my friend Michelle suggested meeting there for a meal and a catch-up, I … Read More »

Surrey Street treats: weeknight pudding pears

Posted on February 26th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford returns with a warming and sweet Surrey Street treat

It’s been a while since I’ve used Surrey Street market’s fruit to cook up something sweet, so I thought that I’d come up with a quick recipe for a weeknight pudding.

It’s an easy way to use Surrey Street’s pears to make yourself something sweet when you don’t have time to push the boat … Read More »

Project B launch daytime café-bar

Posted on April 22nd, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Project B, an events venue in the former Beanos building, has expanded to include a café-bar. Promising classic drinks, “the best sandwiches in town” and an industrial-luxe image, the venue launches with an event on 8th May.

Release begins: The iconic Beanos building continues to be put to great usage, as Project B launch their daytime Café-Bar on the ground floor of this listed building in Croydon’s old … Read More »