Vegan Curious? Follow me!

Posted on August 22nd, by Brendan Walsh in Culture. 2 comments

Freaking out about the frankenburger? Relax. Help is at hand.

Imagine you are Madonna. Imagine I am Madonna’s dad. You are screeching “Pleeeeaaase, Papa don’t preach” at me and it’s not because you’re in an awful mess. It’s because I’m going to talk about Veganism.

Don’t hang up! We can get through this. If I did it (when aged 38) then anyone … Read More »

21 London Road, part 2: Brixton

Posted on July 19th, by Kake in History. 3 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road continues the story of number 21, before taking a break during August — back at the start of September!

21 London Road is the home of the somewhat confusingly-named Brixton, a Caribbean takeaway with a small eat-in area.

Brixton, 21 London Road, July 2013. Photo: author’s own.

In the previous article in this series, I described the story of the building from when it was common … Read More »

Supper Club Review: Yummy Choo Eats

Posted on May 28th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

  From Mauritius With Love – via Croydon

There’s a recession on, and staying in is – allegedly –  the new going out. Although, as I set off for Yummy Choo Eats supper club in East Croydon, it was unclear to this novice food reviewer whether this was to be an ‘in’ or an ‘out’ experience. Yummy Choo Eats is a Mauritian supper club, advertised online for serious … Read More »

18 London Road: Golden Chef’s Grill

Posted on May 24th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the family-run café at number 18.

Golden Chef’s Grill, 18 London Road, August 2011. Photo: author’s own.

18 London Road is the home of the Golden Chef’s Grill, a traditional British café open throughout the day. It serves fry-ups, sandwiches, burgers, tea, coffee, and so on; though in something of a departure from the usual “greasy spoon”, the premises are sparkling clean … Read More »

17 London Road: Croydon Kebab Centre

Posted on May 10th, by Kake in History. 4 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the kebab shop at number 17, which was previously a grocer, bookseller, fishmonger, and TV rental shop.

17 London Road is the home of the Croydon Kebab Centre. This informatively-named shop is one of the longer-standing businesses on this part of London Road; it’s been a purveyor of grilled meats since at least the mid-1970s, under the current name since the … Read More »

16 London Road: The Money Shop

Posted on April 26th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to another payday loan shop, this one at number 16.

The final member of the payday loan shop cluster around West Croydon Station is at number 16. The Money Shop opened in late 2011 on a site that, several decades earlier, was occupied by a rather different type of financial institution.

The Money Shop, 16 London Road, December 2011. Photo: author’s own.

1:500 … Read More »

10 London Road: Greggs

Posted on February 28th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves from the Victorian architecture of the west side of the road to 1930s concrete at number 10.

The breezeblock building of West Croydon Station’s London Road entrance also houses a branch of Greggs, the UK-wide bakery and pasty-seller. I suspect most of their custom comes from people passing through the station, helped by the fact that the shop has a second entrance leading … Read More »

The Great Croydon Bake Off 2013 (Winter Edition)

Posted on February 18th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 3 comments

Christo Matthews stokes the national passion for baking and uncovers four of Croydon’s master chefs. Rob Mayo is on hand to witness the birth of the Great Croydon Bake Off

After the pleasant surprise of the Cherry Orchards Arts Festival last year (my first journalistic mission in Croydon), I was pleased to hear that the organiser, Christo Matthews, was planning a series of … Read More »

Love Food Hate Waste Part 2 – A Cold Wind Blowing

Posted on February 13th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 5 comments

In the second part to her spotlight on the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, ‘A Cold Wind Blowing’, Liz Sheppard-Jones explains what impact the recession has had on efforts to curb needless waste, what the role of businesses is in all of this, and what Croydonians can do to get involved

A cold wind blowing

A socio-economic elephant squats dead-centre in the room when it comes … Read More »

Love Food Hate Waste Part One – Think Globally, Act Croydon

Posted on February 5th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 5 comments

In this first part of a series, Liz Sheppard-Jones notes some startling news about the state of recycling in Croydon

Croydon has received some extremely good news. We waited a long time, we made a lot of effort, powerful forces weighed in to make it happen – basically, we’d earned it. But the big announcement still came as a surprise. It’s not often that we … Read More »