Cost of accommodation
Croydon is very affordable and becoming increasingly popular with urbanites wishing to avoid central London rental prices. Expect to find a good choice of accommodation dating back post-war.
The Brighton mainline rail links Croydon with Sussex, Kent and Surrey to the South, and Central London to the north. The M25, M23 and A23 roads link Croydon with many key areas, including; Central London, Gatwick, Crawley and East Sussex. There is also a massive public transport infrastructure running throughout Croydon with regular routes on train, tram and buses.
Vibe, type of people that live there
Diverse and metropolitan, Croydon has the largest population of all the Boroughs in London. With Croydon Town acting as the heart of the borough; it could almost be a city in itself. The area has always been a leader in financial, business and cultural sectors and is considered to be very well balanced with great living and working opportunities mixed with a bustling town centre and many green open areas.
Croydon is a large and busy pedestrianised market town with adequate shops including large department stores. Fairfield Halls is a super mini Festival Hall, with a concert hall, a theatre and an art gallery. It stages a variety of events including popular and classical music shows, dance, theatre, comedy and film. The restaurants quarter along South End has branches of the Pizza Express and Zizzi chains, while top restaurants are Albert’s Table and chef Malcolm John’s Brasserie Vacherin.
Why choose Croydon?
With a great alternative and arts scene, affordable property prices, and good transport links, Croydon is on the up and is proving to be a worthy choice of many ex-Londoners.
I have lived in South Croydon for 15 years, and compared to other London boroughs it is definitely one of my favourites. Transport links are great – you can travel into London in 20 minutes, or take the tram to Wimbledon. You’ve also got Gatwick airport right on your doorstep, making all those European getaways a breeze.
The shops, restaurants and cafes are as diverse as the community. Go shopping for some luxury items, or pick up a bargain – you are really spoilt for choice. The same goes for the food! Some of my favourite spots are Surrey Street Market for freshly cooked street food, lavish Little Bay restaurant, Spanish tapas at Galicia, and newly developed Boxpark. Croydon is a place where diversity is welcomed and people are friendly, and it’s growing fast with new homes, businesses and opportunities cropping up all the time. It’s a vibrant town that I am proud to be a part of.
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