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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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.