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Why do Croydonians still commute to work?

Posted on February 6th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 9 comments

Cast off the chains of commuting and work from London’s most exciting borough

Every year, 22 million people enter and exit the East Croydon station (that’s over 70,000 daily) and this number is set to grow as more and more people make the welcome decision to move to London’s most exciting borough. As the trend continues, perhaps it’s time for Croydonians to consider alternatives: namely, work … Read More »



The search for Croydon’s Best Independent Café is back!

Posted on October 9th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 3 comments

Nominations are now open for Croydon’s Best Independent Café 2018

It’s back for its third year and this time – forgive the cliché – it’s better than ever. This year we’ve added more categories, so that more great independent cafés in Croydon can bask in the glory of being nominated and voted for by our judging panel and Croydon Citizen readers.

Once again, we’re looking for Croydon’s … Read More »



Smoothbean! coffee shop achieves Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for a second year running

Posted on August 29th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. Comments Off

The well-known coffee shop on Dingwall Road has been rewarded for consistently strong performance, as reported by its customers.

Release begins: John and Pauline Hennessy, owners of the Smoothbean! coffee shop on Dingwall Road in central Croydon, are delighted to have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017 for a second year running.  This is thanks to the many customers who took the time to post a review on … Read More »



Croydon’s Best Independent Café 2016: The award goes to…

Posted on January 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 4 comments

After months of deliberation, voting, chewing, and caffeinating, the results are in

For the last few months we’ve been asking you to tell us about your favourite independent Croydon café; the place you like to hang out, chill out, meet friends, drink coffee. And – very importantly – eat cake.

The shortlist for this year’s Croydon’s Best Independent Café Award was nominated entirely by readers. And (visualising stepping … Read More »



“Isn’t Boxpark great?”, she cried. I answered: “No”.

Posted on November 24th, by Rob Preston in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Boxpark’s for the team leaders, not for the team

Landing like a Vogon spaceship, Boxpark has arrived in Croydon.

Monday 31st October

Following an opening two day music festival featuring the likes of Wiley and Nova Twins, the people inside this collection of shipping containers joined together like so much Lego roll up their sleeves and prepare to feed hungry Croydonians. I arrive and I explore. It doesn’t take too … Read More »



The changers of Croydon need businesses like Bobski’s Kitchen

Posted on September 30th, by Tom Black in Economics & Business. 3 comments

A brush with death for a local culinary favourite raises long-term questions about the shape of the Croydon to come

The sign pictured above caused a storm when it appeared both physically and across Croydon’s Twittersphere last week. It’s easy to see why – a Croydonian starting a small business, one that brings delicious and oh-so-chic street food to our town centre, no less – then being … Read More »



Event review: live jazz from Infusion, weekly at Smoothbean! coffee shop

Posted on September 8th, by Katie Rose in Culture. No Comments

Katie Rose tells how Fusion Fridays make Croydon smile

It was back in late June that a fluid collective of jazz musicians and a coffee shop began blending culinary and musical flavours to come up with something fresh for Croydon.

Smoothbean! recently celebrated its second birthday at 2-3 Dingwall Road, just round the corner from East Croydon station. Founders John and Pauline Hennessy were originally intending to … Read More »



News in brief summer 2016

Posted on September 5th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big stories of the summer, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Croydon voted to remain in the European Union

The debate over staying in or leaving the EU raged across the UK in the first half of this year, and Croydon saw its share of skirmishes between the campaigns. Street stalls from all sides were regularly present, with non-political groups also holding events to discuss … Read More »



How we created a haven for Croydon’s bees

Posted on August 31st, by Ally McKinlay in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Artworks and hard work have created a beautiful bee haven in central Croydon, says Ally McKinlay

Croydon town centre is buzzing once again. This time, it’s thanks to bees: Bee Haven has taken over the piece of derelict land on Park Lane where last year we opened the world’s largest urban saffron farm.

Croydon Saffron Central was a great success and by the start of 2016, … Read More »



Five of the best… places in Croydon for (very) late summer fun

Posted on August 5th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon’s suggestions for seizing every moment of this late burst of summer

It’s the hottest September for fifty years – and whilst you might be feeling a bit hot under the collar in the office, these Indian summer days offer us a chance to catch up on missed opportunities earlier in the year. Here are my recommendations for top things to do outdoors in Croydon.

Take a … Read More »