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Living There - Croydon

Living there – Croydon


Croydon is a town in South London, located within the London Borough of Croydon to which it gives its name. It is situated 9.5 miles (15.3 km) south of Charing Cross. Croydon is located on the natural transport corridor between London and England's south coast. Croydon has developed as an important centre for shopping. Croydon is split up by a number of different areas in the same borough. Fairfield, Broad Green, West Croydon and South Croydon make up the rest of Croydon, but are known as separate areas in their own right. The most prominent of these towns is South Croydon, which has become a town of its own, with various shops and its own high street.

Regeneration program to transform the Croydon Metropolitan Centre into a world class sustainable city centre with huge range of sports, entertainment and leisure facilities as well as new homes and a wealth of new business premises.



Average house price at £268,406, with 6% annual growth according to Land Registry. As the town continued to grow, it became popular as a pleasant leafy residential suburb for members of the Victorian middle classes, who could commute to the City of London by fast train in 15 minutes. In 1883 Croydon was incorporated as a borough. In 1889 it became a county borough, with a greater degree of autonomy. The new county borough council implemented the Croydon Improvement scheme in the early 1890s, which widened the High Street and cleared much of the 'Middle Row' slum area.




Regular rail services operate to the West End, the City and Gatwick Airport, all in under 20 minutes. In 2010, a direct London Overground link was created from West Croydon to East London via Canada Water for Canary Wharf in time for the arrival of the London Olympics in 2012.

St. Pancras Stattion can be reached in 27 minutes for fast links into Europe. There are over 20 bus routes to and from central Croydon, forming part of the London Bus network.


The Key Attractions

Croydon is the largest financial and retail centre outside the City of London with a population approaching a third of a million. It currently has £3.5 billion of commercial investment underway or in the pipeline.
As main transport hub, with one of the busiest public transport interchange in the UK, Croydon is a flourishing area for start up enterprises and global businesses.
With its proximity to London, a highly skilled workforce and superb office accommodation, Croydon has long been a popular choice for business.
42% of Croydon’s workforce work within 5km of home.
The borough is now one of London’s leading business financial and cultural centres and its influence in entertainment and the arts contribute to its status as major metropolitan centre.


Retail and leisure

Croydon is the 4th largest retail centre in London with over £1 billion being spent there every year. It is one of the biggest retail centres in the UK with over 230,000 sq m of retail space with over 140 shops, the Whitgift Centre boast many High Street names such as Marks & Spencer and flagship store House of Fraser.

Croydon is London’s greenest Borough with 32% of its area being open space with over 300 parks.

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