It’s happened. Croydon is set to become south London’s new Peckham now that Boxpark has officially opened to the public. You can practically smell the word ‘trendset’ in the air as you walk out of East Croydon station.
It’s an exciting time, but one that's been met with some trepidation from Croydoners. What happens to us now that the containers of cool have landed? What comes next? Well, for starters…
Croydon boys will lose their tracksuits
It will all be top-knots, beards and All Saints leather jackets before Christmas. Sorry JD Sports, it’s the beginning of the end.
Brunching will become a real thing
No more greasy spoons for us. The Breakfast Club is coming to town and we’ll be queuing up for late-morning dates with the girls quicker than you can say ‘eggs benedict’.
We’ll stop mourning the loss of Tiger Tiger
Let’s be honest, it’s been a terrible year in light of the news that our childhood haunt has closed its doors. But now we’ll be squiffing craft beers in a bottle shop and will forget student night Thursdays ever existed.
We’ll actually venture away from our local
If there’s one thing a Croydoner is good at, it’s having a local pub. For at least three weeks after opening, we might start drinking somewhere else. Maybe. Just maybe.
Tinder dates will go up a notch
So long stilted chats with strangers in The Treehouse. We’ll now have a world of opportunity when it comes to bars and restaurants to distract us. Distract us from the fact that Josh, 29, from Addington doesn’t really look like his pictures. Awkward.
Wetherspoons will hit a rough patch
We won’t make it far enough down the hill from the station to go for Monday Club. We’ll be diving straight in for a home-brewed craft beer to take the edge off of the start of the week.
Instagram activity will go through the roof
There’s only so many photos of the clocktower on a sunny day that we can take. Now we’ll be snapping our MeatLiquor dinner and watching the likes roll in.
Our Uber bill will finally be manageable
Because we’ll actually start coming home from work and meeting up locally, and not having to factor in an additional £40 (pre-surcharge) for our Friday night entertainment.