What makes living in Croydon so great?

Published: 26 July 2019

A local’s guide to Croydon

Croydon is a trendy, up-and-coming area on the road to becoming the golden town of London with the government dedicating a £5.7 billion regeneration budget to build new homes, hotels and public spaces including a new Westfield shopping centre. It’s a great place to visit and an even greater place to buy a home.

The location

Croydon has a rich history and was featured in historical texts including the Domesday Book, a book completed by order of King William the Conqueror in 1086. It was even visited by Henry VIII and was a resting place for several Archbishops of Canterbury. It started as a small village with 48 inhabitants and has blossomed into the town it is today. Croydon is a town known for its market and great places to eat. From amazing artisan foods to artsy attractions, Croydon is the perfect place to explore. Check out the historic Surrey street market also known as Croydon market which started in the 13th century and offers affordable fresh fruit and veg, household plants and a good supply of meat and fish.

Croydon Transport Links

Croydon has great transport links and is a central location to commute to all areas of London. It’s located in Zone 5; you will be able to reach Central London in 15 minutes from East Croydon station and 30 minutes from West Croydon station. The train service from East Croydon travels to London Bridge and Victoria in 17 minutes and Blackfriars station in roughly 30 minutes. If you’re going on holiday, Gatwick airport can be reached by train from East Croydon in only 15 minutes. TfL Overground services operate from West Croydon and commuters can reach Shoreditch High Street station in 38 minutes. A fast, reliable Tramlink service operates routes throughout central Croydon and connects the borough to neighbouring Wimbledon, Beckenham, Elmers End, and New Addington.



Croydon has a good selection of secondary and primary schools that offer a good education. One of the highest rated secondary schools is Wilson’s School, an independent boys school with 100% of its students achieving 5+ GCSEs graded A*-C and an Ofsted rating of “Outstanding. Another highly rated school is Old Palace of John Whitgift School that contains both a nursery and a sixth form and prides itself on giving students the ability to become capable, confident and connected individuals, well positioned for a successful and meaningful future. For Primary school education, Aerodrome Primary Academy offers a fantastic education with a highly engaging, exciting curriculum that children will love.


Things to do in Croydon

Croydon is a bustling area and offers a great selection of shops, restaurants, transport links, and leisure facilities. You can enjoy a jog in the local parks, like Wandle Park and Duppas Hill Park. Croydon has a selection of great eateries, BOXPARK Croydon has a food court with many different cuisines including The Argentinian Grill that serves delicious, authentic smoked and grilled Argentinian steak and chicken. If you love Taiwanese food, check out Bao Bao for a refreshing cup of bubble tea and their mouth-watering signature meals the pork bao and beef soup. BOXPARK also has a selection of events and entertainment including axe throwing and baseball batting cages. If you love being active, visit Oxygen Free Jumping for hours of fun jumping on trampolines, you can burn calories while having fun with the whole family. Perhaps you prefer a more relaxed and quiet, Croydon has you covered with The Ludoquist, a board game café serving food, drinks and the best board games.

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Written by the SO Resi In-House Team


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