Living in Croydon - A Guide for 2024

Area Guides Oct 25, 2023

Sitting in the heart of south-east London, Croydon has often been overshadowed by its bustling neighbours. Yet, with a mere 20-minute train journey from East Croydon station taking you straight to the heart of the capital, its convenience is undeniable. Beyond its enviable location, Croydon is a town undergoing a remarkable metamorphosis. Despite a drab reputation and its stark brutalist architecture, there's a sense of resurgence in the air.

Thousands of new homes, shops, restaurants, transport links, and leisure facilities have totally transformed the area into an exciting, modern neighbourhood popular with city workers and young families. The purple and red Saffron Square Tower (a now-iconic feature of the Croydon skyline) is typical of the type of property developers have introduced into the area; modern, high specification, and located within developments offering an abundance of additional lifestyle amenities.

Prominent features include Boxpark Croydon – a contemporary venue that's transformed the local culinary scene. With its array of street food stalls, you'll be taken on a gastronomic journey across continents, right in the heart of Croydon. Each visit promises a taste explosion with an impressive assortment of international delights to tantalise your taste buds.

And this is just the beginning. With the impending Westfield redevelopment on the horizon, Croydon is poised to redefine its image, drawing in new residents, businesses, and visitors alike. The future is bright for this south-east London gem.

When it comes to transport, Croydon stands out as one of the best-connected areas in south-east London. Its range of options and proximity to the capital makes it an appealing base for both professionals and families. Here's an overview of the transportation facilities the town offers.

East Croydon Station:
This major station serves as the primary hub, with fast services running directly to central London in 20 minutes. Trains also connect Croydon to the south coast, Gatwick Airport and other parts of the UK.

West Croydon Station:
This offers services to London Victoria, London Bridge and other parts of London, and provides the area with routes to Surrey and further afield.

Croydon’s ram network provides an eco-friendly and efficient way to get around the area. Their routes not only serve Croydon but connect it with areas like Wimbledon, Beckenham, and New Addington, making commuting within the borough and nearby smooth and easy.

A vast number of bus routes operate in and around Croydon. These routes not only facilitate movement within the borough but also ensure that neighbouring areas and central London are easily accessible.

Food and Drink

Basil and Grape - Italian

Aiming to bring ‘a touch a class and something different to the heart of Croydon’, Basil & Grape is an Italian restaurant and wine bar offering great food and a selection of Italy’s finest labels. Its stunning, rustic wooden interior is the perfect setting to enjoy a platter of imported Italian meats and cheeses with a bottle of wine expertly paired to your meal by dedicated staff. We recommend gathering a few friends and visiting on a Wednesday evening, where the restaurant will give you a free bottle of wine for every £30 you spend!

Galicia Croydon - Spanish

For a genuine taste of Spain amidst the lively vibes of a tapas bar, Galicia's promises a proper fiesta.

The Mediterranean is brought to life with blue tiles gracing the walls, instantly transporting you to sunny shores. Their vast menu boasts familiar favourites such as paella and patatas bravas, complemented by some timeless traditional dishes.

No authentic Spanish experience is complete without the right drink. At Galicia’s, choose from a rich selection of wines to accompany your meal. Or, for that Barcelona feel, why not indulge in a jug of sangria, letting the atmosphere and imagined sunshine wash over you? Cheers to Spanish delights!

Box Park - Streetfood

Craving a culinary adventure that's a cut above the rest in London? Look no further than Boxpark in Croydon! A modern-day foodie haven, Boxpark serves up an incredible selection of street food from all corners of the globe. Whether you fancy a zesty taco, a spicy curry, or a gourmet burger, there's a stall waiting to tantalise your taste buds. Beyond its vibrant flavours, the lively atmosphere and communal seating make it a perfect spot to gather with friends and soak in the buzz. Ditch the usual and dive into the diverse delights at Boxpark – a true testament to Croydon's evolving food scene. Don't miss out; come and savour the street food sensation!


Museum of Croydon

The Museum of Croydon tells the stories of the lives of town residents dating from the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons through to the present day. With its collections, archives, and innovative exhibitions (often led by local artists), the museum helps visitors to conserve, celebrate and interpret Croydon’s rich cultural heritage. Its permanent exhibition provides a truly exceptional interactive learning experience with its display of diverse materials and stories, including a classic Trojan Bubble Car and the Bones of Croydon.

Oxygen Freejumping

Looking for an activity that stands out from the usual London offerings? Oxygen Freejumping in Croydon has got you covered! This trampoline park offers a unique blend of exhilarating airborne fun and fitness. Whether you're a seasoned jumper or just looking for a fun day out with family or friends, Oxygen Freejumping caters to all ages and abilities. Dive into foam pits, test your skills on the obstacle course, or simply bounce to your heart's content. A hop, skip, and a jump away from the typical London experience, it's a must-visit for those seeking a different kind of thrill in the capital's vicinity. Dive in and experience the high-flying fun!

Wandle park

One of the biggest perks of living in Croydon is the abundance of open green space. While honourable mentions go to Croham Woods and Addington Hills, we recommend Wandle Park if you’re looking for the perfect place to walk the dog, enjoy a picnic, or simply find some respite after a busy week. It includes plenty of amenities for families, an old-fashioned bandstand, ornamental gardens, and beautiful vistas along the banks of the river Wandle (which runs through the centre of the park).

Wandle Park Bandstand - Croydon

Is it for you?

Fancy a well-connected spot in south-east London with plenty on offer to eat, drink and explore? Croydon's your answer! With speedy trains to the heart of the city, trams that whisk you around the borough, and a gateway to global adventures with Gatwick Airport nearby, Croydon's transport links are unbeatable.

But that's not all – we at Home Made have some stunning apartments waiting just for you in this vibrant area. Why not have a look? You can find them here.


Jess Brookes

Content Manager at Home Made

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