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Croydon area guide

Keep busy in Croydon with our guide to restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do in this now thriving suburb

Croydon area guide 2018

Croydon is still in the midst of a £5.25 billion redevelopment project, which has seen the introduction of a new tech hub and the birth of Boxpark Croydon, the larger sibling of Shoreditch's shipping container food and shopping destination. And now, finally, the London Mayor has confirmed that work on a shiny new Westfield, which will replace the crumbling, much-maligned Whitgift Centre, is to begin. In fact, there are now more reasons to move to Croydon than ever before. 

Before taking the plunge, though, it’s worth having a stroll around. Restaurants, bars and things to do are plentiful - the list of parks is enough to convince any countryphile up sticks and make it their permanent residence. Spots like Surrey Street Market and Matthew’s Yard keep the community spirit alive, while the aforementioned Boxpark has over 80 shipping containers chockablock with vendors, like vegan hotspot CookDaily, offering so much food that you might need help picking out the best ones.

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Restaurants in Croydon

Bang Bang Hawker Kitchen + Bar
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Bang Bang Hawker Kitchen + Bar

A twist on the Fitzrovia-based older sibling, this Croydon outpost specialises in the street food of Vietnamese hawkers. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Karnavar
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Karnavar

It's all about modern interpretations of traditional Indian dishes at this attractive Indian restaurant in Croydon. 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Meat Liquor
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Meat Liquor

The menu is the same as the W1 flagship, but the decor here is lighter, the music quieter and the vibe more chilled. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Coqfighter Chicken & Beer
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Coqfighter Chicken & Beer

Previously known as Wingman, pop down for Korean style wings, chicken burgers and Vietnamese bao.   

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Things to do in Croydon

Boxpark Croydon
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Boxpark Croydon

Venue says: “We've teamed up with Matchroom Boxing and Coors Light to host an epic screening of Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jnr at BOXPARK Croydon!”

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Surrey Street Market
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Surrey Street Market

One of the oldest known streets markets in Britain that's now re-opened following a £1.1 million refurbishment. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Croydon Airport Visitor Centre
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Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

It was London's leading international airport before Heathrow usurped it in the forties.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Museum of Croydon
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Museum of Croydon

A local history museum with digital memory room where visitors can add their own stories to the museum's collection. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars

Croydon’s best bits

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Seven of the best things to eat at Boxpark Croydon

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Bars and pubs in Croydon

The Oval Tavern
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The Oval Tavern

It's as much about the entertainment as it is the food and booze at this popular Croydon pub. There's something going on every night, from blues jams, acoustic sessions and DJs to darts on a Monday night and Aunty Wendy's pub quiz on a Wednesday. There's even a Saturday afternoon storytime - for the kids, we presume. The food here is pretty accessible - think bar snacks of homemade Scotch eggs and sausage rolls, grilled mac and cheese, tuna melts, mushroom rarebit and a club sandwich, here including chorizo. The beer garden plays host to couple of barbecues that prove a bit of a draw on sunny summer days. As do the real ales - expect five on the pump as well as more by the bottle.     

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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The Cronx Brewery

It’s only natural that Croydon’s Boxpark should embrace local artisans – and The Cronx Brewery brings the goods with craft beer and ales. It’s definitely more brewery than pub – think industrial-style interiors with high stools and wooden walls – but cosy nonetheless. Brews range from the highly pleasant Anglo-American Pale to weirder and wackier flavours like Lemon Saison, which tastes more like vodka lemonade than beer. Food is limited to cheese toasties so stick to the ale and head inside the Boxpark proper for dinner.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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The Spread Eagle

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5 out of 5 stars
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Dog & Bull

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5 out of 5 stars
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