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Office conversions need to stop

Posted on August 12th, by James Naylor in Economics & Business. 12 comments

The extension of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to offices has transformed Croydon at a speed not seen since the ’60s. But now – as then – it’s getting out of control

In the 2012/2013 financial year, Central Croydon was sporting office vacancy rates worse than central Detroit. A quite astounding 52% of available space was empty; literally millions of square feet of unused space, including thirty-five entirely vacant buildings.

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30 London Road: Pizza Hut

Posted on December 20th, by Kake in History. No Comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the Pizza Hut delivery outlet that was previously a fish and chip shop, a wallpaper shop, and a butchers.

The Pizza Hut branch at 30 London Road is one of the longer-standing businesses in the area — it’s been serving up takeaway pizzas for around a quarter of a century.

Pizza Hut, 30 London Road, December 2013. Photo: author’s own.

The building was … Read More »



25 London Road: West Croydon Post Office/Posh Afro Cosmetics

Posted on October 25th, by Kake in History. 1 Comment

Kake’s tour of London Road looks at the history of West Croydon Post Office, featuring Berlin wool, tea, coffee, margarine, fish, and cosmetics.

25 London Road is the home of the West Croydon Post Office, as well as a beauty products shop known as Posh Afro Cosmetics. It’s been a post office since the mid-1970s, though the beauty products are a rather later addition.

West Croydon Post Office/Posh Afro Cosmetics, … Read More »



24–26 London Road: Early Till Late

Posted on October 11th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes in a curiously-numbered convenience store.

When I made my first survey of central Croydon retail in late 2011[1], I was very puzzled by the curious numbering of 24–26 London Road. Despite the double number[2], and the lack of a gap between the building and its neighbours at number 22 and number 28, this is just a single shopfront housing a newsagents and convenience … Read More »



23 London Road: Prestige Barber

Posted on September 27th, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes in one of the smaller properties; originally a bootmakers, now a barbers.

23 London Road is the home of Prestige Barber. This is one of the smaller shopfronts on London Road, being a mere 3¼ metres across[1].

Left: Prestige Barber, 23 London Road, December 2011. Right: A-board outside Prestige Barber, July 2013. Photographs by the author.

The building was constructed around 1869–1872, at the same … Read More »



22 London Road: Prestige Hair & Beauty

Posted on September 13th, by Kake in History. 3 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road returns with a small hair and beauty salon that started life as a greengrocer and fishmonger.

Prestige Hair & Beauty, 22 London Road, May 2013. Photo: author’s own.

Unlike most of the other addresses I’ve covered so far in this series[1], the current building at 22 London Road is not the original one constructed on this site. It was built around 1899 as one of … 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 »



21 London Road, part 1: In the beginning

Posted on July 5th, by Kake in History. 3 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes on the architectural puzzle of number 21.

Usually in these articles I cover a single building from construction to the present day. However, in my investigation of 21 London Road, I found out so much information that I’m splitting it into two parts. Here, I’ll discuss issues around the construction of the building, and next time I’ll describe its inhabitants over the years.

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20 London Road: A-Z Pharmacy

Posted on June 21st, by Kake in History. No Comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the pharmacy at number 20.

A-Z Pharmacy at 20 London Road is both one of the oldest buildings on this part of the road and one of the longest-standing businesses. The building has been in use as a pharmacy since the mid-1980s, with the current owner in charge since the turn of the century.

A-Z Pharmacy, 20 London Road, August 2011. Photo: … Read More »



19 London Road: Plan Personnel

Posted on June 7th, by Kake in History. 6 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road moves on to the employment agency at number 19.

19 London Road is currently a branch of Plan Personnel, an employment agency with several branches around London and the South East.

Plan Personnel, 19 London Road, June 2013. Photo: author’s own.

The building was constructed around 1863 as part of a block with numbers 13–17[1], and the first recorded occupier is listed in Simpson’s 1864 street … Read More »