Croydon may now be part of Greater London, but with its long historical roots and unique cultural identity, it really has a character all of its own. Croydon’s links to the city of London are highly evident in its culture and arts scene, with venues such as the Fairfield Halls and Clocktower Café playing host to big names in popular music and budding new artists alike. Despite its history Croydon is well known as the centre of the development of the Dubstep scene, as well as being the home of the Brits School for music which produced artists such as Adele and Amy Winehouse.
As if it couldn’t get any better, Croydon has over 25 million square ft. of shopping space, attracting many retailers that are not normally seen outside of the city centre.
First port of call in Croydon for the shopaholics has to be the Whitgift Centre which is home to big name brands such as Accessorize, BHS and Topshop. Close by is the new Centrale Shopping Centre which is also home to high street favourites like Debenhams, The Body Shop and Carphone Warehouse. For those who like it big, Tesco Superstore can be found on Thornton Heath and Ikea Croydon is located in the Valley Park. For fresh produce, the Surrey Street Market is a must see.