Surrey Street


Review: Viet2Go restaurant, Surrey Street

Posted on June 15th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. No Comments

Viet2Go provides fresh, delicious flavours, and coffee that makes it impossible not to come back again and again

Croydon is in the middle of a coffee-house renaissance. From Coffee Shotter to Byte Café, we have a new coffee quarter in our midst. We have coffee coming out of every orifice. What no one has mentioned is that the best coffee in all of Croydon isn’t in a … Read More »



Review: Art & Craft CR0 bar, Surrey Street

Posted on June 5th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. No Comments

Good beer and cool art come to Surrey Street

They say that good things come in small packages. This certainly applies to the new bar in Surrey Street, Art & Craft, a very welcome addition to the pub and bar scene in Croydon, situated in the former Croydon Advertiser building – whose original sign they hope to restore.

The bar is owned by Tom Talbot and … Read More »



Review: Croydon’s first official street-art walking tour

Posted on May 11th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. 2 comments

Taking to the pavement to admire the borough’s quirky collection of murals, installations and paintings

I have, for a long time, marvelled at the beautiful piece of street art on the corner of Park Street and St George’s Walk – a stunning depiction of his wife by the Ghanaian-British painter Dreph, painted on Valentine’s Day.

This work is just one of many that brightens up parts … Read More »



Potholes and pointless art

Posted on April 20th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 20 comments

What has Croydon’s Labour council actually achieved?

On Thursday 3rd May, we have local elections in Croydon. No matter what the outcome of these elections, due in part to ward changes, the council will look quite different. So what has four years of the current Labour administration brought us?

Central Croydon has become an in-vogue place. Boxpark, Croydon Pride and Croydon Cycle Fest are among the … Read More »



Matthews Yard might be demolished

Posted on May 16th, by Saif Bonar in Economics & Business. 23 comments

The founder of the popular hub and nightspot is less concerned than you might expect

Last week, I discovered that a proposal to demolish the building which Matthews Yard is located in will be presented to the planning committee at the town hall on Thursday evening for feedback, prior to submitting a full planning application.

Within minutes of finding out, a reporter from the Croydon Advertiser reached … Read More »



Croydon Tech City: one tech hub alone does not make an ecosystem

Posted on February 15th, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. 2 comments

Jonny Rose shares the long-term vision for #Croydon #TechCity’s rise to power

Croydon Tech City is growing

It’s boom time at the moment in Croydon Tech City.

Croydon Tech City is growing – not just in government recognition or media coverage – but also in all of the things that actually matter to fulfilling our aim to create ‘the Silicon Valley of South London’, such … Read More »



Gentrification and the heart of Croydon

Posted on December 16th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Is Croydon in danger of losing its heart and heritage? Lauren Furey gives her view

Gentrification has come to be an ugly word for London and its thirty-two boroughs. It represents a chasm of change in which pubs become restaurants, clubs become flats and houses become offices. The new builds, with their glossy finishes, sharp designs and attached cafés and ‘express’ shops, have tarnished the … Read More »



Art in Matthews Yard: past, present, future

Posted on December 8th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Matthews Yard’s Saif Bonar and Leoni Descartes talk to Bernadette Fallon

If you ask Saif Bonar, founder of Croydon’s Matthews Yard, whether he has achieved what he set out to do with his artistic plans for the venue, he will laugh. “We didn’t set out to do anything with art; there was no original concept,” he explains.

So, over three years later, the fact … Read More »