Whitgift Centre


From childhood to adulthood in Croydon

Posted on June 12th, by Uday Shukla in Culture. 2 comments

One man’s memories of growing up in Croydon

Apart from a few years away when at university, I’ve lived in south London for all of my life. During this time, I’ve seen Croydon change.

As a child, I remember my dad driving me and my sisters to Croydon on Saturdays to do the speciality food shop. This meant parking the car what seemed like a million … Read More »



Review: GIANT at St Andrew’s Church

Posted on June 8th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

This remarkable play received a big send-off

“We want theatre to be inclusive and accessible to everyone.” These were the words of Flo O’Mahony, as she introduced the last-ever performance of GIANT at St Andrew’s Church a couple of Fridays ago. Not content with just speaking the words, Flo was also signing as the whole company have learned (and continue to learn) British Sign Language.

I … Read More »



My on-off-on-again love affair with Croydon

Posted on May 29th, by Jo Irwin in Culture. 3 comments

How one woman fell head over heels for CR0… eventually

I’m a Brixton girl. Born. Bred. Raised.

Twenty-five years were spent being twenty-five minutes away from the heart of London and therefore, in my mind, the centre of the earth. I wore, and still do to a degree, my Brixton badge with undulated pride often to the confusion of others.

But, it’s Brixton? What about … Read More »



Review: Frivolous Convulsions at TURF Gallery, Whitgift Centre

Posted on February 14th, by Charles Barber in Culture. No Comments

A feast of fantasy and colour enjoyed at the Whitgift Centre’s bold TURF Gallery

As an antidote to a dull, cold winter’s day and the mundane reality of everyday life, I’d warmly recommend TURF Projects’ latest exhibition, Frivolous Convulsions. This riot of fantastical art shows off the work of several artists whose vision is sometimes humorous and sometimes dark and challenging – and, indeed, quite often both. Yet … Read More »



The devil is in the detail as we wait for Westfield to arrive

Posted on November 30th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The concluding part of a look at the implications the arrival of Westfield have for Croydon

The first part of this article can be found here.

There is much evidence that the tower blocks planned for the new centre are not suitable for family living. Where they may be suitable, it will be because room sizes are larger than the minimum required under planning rules, and … Read More »



Groundhog Day for Westfield

Posted on November 22nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 6 comments

The Westfield shopping centre is definitely definite. Again. Facebook’s response was poetic

Westfield has cleared its final hurdle and is absolutely definitely going to be built!

Last Tuesday’s decision was met with a collective Croydonian eye-roll that almost lifted the roof off the Whitgift Centre. Is it Groundhog Day? Are we meant to get excited every time that this is announced?

Our cynicism might have more to do with … Read More »



Five years in the life of an extraordinary borough

Posted on November 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The Citizen‘s General Manager looks back on the Croydon that the Citizen was born into, and the one that it now inhabits

What a difference half a decade makes. Five years ago, I lived in Coulsdon, was perpetually single, and the idea of Westfield coming to Croydon was little more than a pipe dream. Now, I live in Balham.

The long-awaited bulldozers might not yet have … Read More »



Croydon Arts Store: Croydon’s culture is in safe hands

Posted on November 3rd, by Tom Milsom in Culture. No Comments

‘Meanwhile use’ is proving a vital driver in keeping Croydon’s cultural scene alive

There are many players in the melodrama of Croydon’s struggle to come into its own as a vital cultural hub. But bigger than Boxpark, or Matthews Yard, or Fairfield Halls, perhaps even bigger than the spectre of gentrification that looms over it all, is the fate of the Whitgift Centre.

Since 2013, the … Read More »



Event review: Peaks & Troughs at TURF Projects

Posted on October 25th, by Fergus Coltsmann in Culture. No Comments

Neon, glass and recycled metal prove a timely comment on our city – and on gender stereotypes

On first glance, Peaks & Troughs seems like a series of abstract and bizarre sculptures. However, look a little closer, and human figures and shapes start to jump out. Black mould becomes a cross section of a brain, white glass a set of teeth, red and brown lumps behind metal … Read More »



Event review: Never Mind the Boxpark

Posted on July 4th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. No Comments

Instagrammers’ tour of Croydon culture from punk to pop-ups

The fascinating ‘Never Mind the Boxpark’ walk was the brilliantly researched brainchild of Angela Martin and Julia Woollams of the Croydonist. The Facebook description, “a collection of the best bits of the borough according to us”, was particularly apt for this walk.

After meeting our small group at the foot of the No. 1 Croydon tower, also … Read More »