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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