Croydon Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to Croydon

The largest of London's boroughs by population, Croydon lies at the southern point of outer London and has the town of Croydon at its heart. Originally described as a small market town in the Domesday Book, nowadays Croydon is a major transport, cultural and business centre with an ever-expanding population, much of which was on the back of the now closed Croydon Airport, originally London's only airport. When this opened oin 1915, it drew investment and business into the centre, but was later closed due to the lack of potential for expansion, and replaced in 1959 by Heathrow. Investment and the cultural momentum continue however with the Council's Croydon Vision 2020 programme which is expected to attract more business and cultural events to the Borough as it aims to establish Croydon as London's third city behind the City of Westminster and the City of London.

The Borough of Croydon is generally seen as being well-balanced, with green open spaces, successful financial institutions and business hubs and a thriving arts scene. There are over 120 parks and open spaces in Croydon, from formal gardens to shrub- and woodland and hills and rivers that are spread out across the borough making up much of its landscape. Despite having so much open countryside on its doorstep, it takes just 20 minutes to travel by train into central London and is only an easy journey from the popular seaside resort of Brighton, which helps explain why it has become such a popular place to live!

Must see attractions in Croydon

Whitgift Shopping Centre

Croydon, Surrey CR0 1LP
South Norwood Country Park

South Norwood, Croydon SE20 7YB
Museum of Croydon

Level 1, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Croydon Clocktower

Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET

Regions & Neighbourhoods in Croydon

East Croydon
East Croydon is the main business centre of Croydon. Whereas much of Croydon grew in Victorian times as middle class Londoners wished to escape to a leafier suburb, East Croydon’s skyline is filled ...
Norwood
Vast sections of South London remain unknown and unexplored by North Londoners due to their lack of a tube, which has resulted in both parties turning their noses up at each other when given the oppor...
West Croydon
Part of London’s commuter belt, West Croydon is a tad less popular (and less expensive) than South or East Croydon, however it is still favoured by families and those who wish to work in the city bu...
Waddon
Situated south of Croydon’s town centre, parts of Waddon suffered severe damage during World War II due to its proximity to Croydon Airport, which has since closed. As a consequence, many residences...
Croydon
Croydon is practically a city in its own right, with a large shopping district, arts complexes, a multitude of transport options and even its very own television channel. There are also several live m...
Addiscombe
This district located just east of Croydon is in a prime commuter belt location. It’s hard to believe that up until the 18th century Addiscombe was entirely rural, until several grand houses appeare...
Selhurst
Selhurst, in the borough of Croydon is home to Selhurst Park, the grounds of the Crystal Palace Football Club and The BRIT School, run by the same organisation as the BRIT Awards and the training grou...
South Norwood
South Norwood is mostly populated by commuters, as property prices are cheaper than in inner London and even Croydon, and the railway connects to London Bridge and Dalston Junction in the east. The no...
Coulsdon
This district in the borough of Croydon benefits from the rural scenery of Surrey, the independent shops on the high street (which include a good old fashioned butcher’s), reputable schools and prox...
Purley
Despite its unsuspecting town centre, Purley is home to some of the highest earners in the UK, particularly on the Webb Estate, which is made up of lavish million pound homes. A mixture of celebrities...
Thornton Heath
House prices in Thornton Heath are cheap compared to many areas in the capital, and despite being in south London and in zone 4 (i.e. there is no tube), Victoria station is just 20 minutes away by ove...

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Bromley
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Merton
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Sutton
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