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Croydon - nightlife, accommodation, things to do and general chat

or is it as utterly depressing as i've heard it is?

good points, bad points, things i should know etc are all gratefully received.
 

ernestolynch

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It's where the West Indian population of Brixton move to when after they sell up to white boho yuppies from the home counties.
 

Stoat Boy

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Well I am a resident of the borough which will no doubt put most people off.

The town centre itself gets a bit of a bad rep and whilst I loathe shopping it does seem to hit all the main buttons that you would find in most British city centres.

It offers fast services to central London ( I think Victoria is about 20 minutes direct from East Croydon) and good bus and tram services.

Personally I think the 'Clock Tower' complex is very good with a massive libary, changing exhibitions and the David Lean cinema which is well worth looking out for as it shows some great films.

South Croydon has some good restaurants and a nice selection of small pubs.

Go much further south than that and its all leafy suburbs which suits me and mine but I can see why that unless you have a young family, it might not be for anybody else.

West Croydon has all the ups and towns of any multicultural part of the country and does offer some relatively cheap housing.
 

IMR

well-meaning tosser
Croydon's OK, it's just a bit too far away imo. Plenty of places to eat and drink and good for shopping. You don't see many very rich or very poor people there, it's like a demographic average of the country as a whole.
 

southside

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No, it's gone to pot I grew up in Croydon and I love the place because there are so many memorys but it's gone down hill imo.
 

ernestolynch

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Croydon's OK, it's just a bit too far away imo. Plenty of places to eat and drink and good for shopping. You don't see many very rich or very poor people there, it's like a demographic average of the country as a whole.
Far more racially mixed.
 

London_Calling

Pleasant and unpatronising
(I think) Croydon’s a bit more subtle than meets the eye. It struck me that, in the day time, it attracts – for want of a better phrase – ‘bargain shoppers’ from a huge catchment area across south London, ditto at night in relation to de yoof; Croydon’s been a night out for decades and the club/bar culture is as strong as ever in a Benidorm kind of way. A lot of those people come into Croydon for shopping and fun.

Visually, there is the late 60s architecture and, what seems now, a bizarre dual carriageway running through the middle of the town like a huge scar.

So, it doesn’t look so good on first appearances, but it has 3-4 very nationally rated schools, a really decent housing stock and fantastic transport links, which will improve even more when the East London Line kicks in.

Away from the main throng – mainly going south – there are decent places to eat and drink.

It feels suburban to the south and pretty close to metropolitan to the north, imo.
 

5t3IIa

Registered User
i know. just trying to weigh up the benefits of being able to live with the gf against the cons of it being in croydon.
Ah. Is she going to be working in Croydon then? If you lived in South London she could commute. I dunno. I'd never consider moving from one fair-sized town (Bristol) to another fair-sized town (Croydon) when you could move to London... what's the point? I say this as a bean, I think.
 

cesare

don't mourn, organise!
i know. just trying to weigh up the benefits of being able to live with the gf against the cons of it being in croydon.
If she's already living there, and you'd like to move in with her - getting to central London's quick and easy and the trains run late etc etc
 

marty21

One on one? You're crazy.
Ah. Is she going to be working in Croydon then? If you lived in South London she could commute. I dunno. I'd never consider moving from one fair-sized town (Bristol) to another fair-sized town (Croydon) when you could move to London... what's the point? I say this as a bean, I think.
I agree, when I first moved to London, I moved in with an equallky clueless mate, who'd moved up a few months before...to Buckhurst Hill, which is Essex ffs - even though it had a tube, it didn't feel like living in London
 

5t3IIa

Registered User
I agree, when I first moved to London, I moved in with an equallky clueless mate, who'd moved up a few months before...to Buckhurst Hill, which is Essex ffs - even though it had a tube, it didn't feel like living in London
Yah. I first lived in Canning Town and it's just not the same. Gotta get into zone 2 Northside to count.
 

marty21

One on one? You're crazy.
Yah. I first lived in Canning Town and it's just not the same. Gotta get into zone 2 Northside to count.
plus there's the question

"where do you live?"

"Croydon"

"oh......."

used to get that with living in Hackney tbf, not nowadays though
 

ernestolynch

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(I think) Croydon’s a bit more subtle than meets the eye. It struck me that, in the day time, it attracts – for want of a better phrase – ‘bargain shoppers’ from a huge catchment area across south London, ditto at night in relation to de yoof; Croydon’s been a night out for decades and the club/bar culture is as strong as ever in a Benidorm kind of way. A lot of those people come into Croydon for shopping and fun.

Visually, there is the late 60s architecture and, what seems now, a bizarre dual carriageway running through the middle of the town like a huge scar.

So, it doesn’t look so good on first appearances, but it has 3-4 very nationally rated schools, a really decent housing stock and fantastic transport links, which will improve even more when the East London Line kicks in.

Away from the main throng – mainly going south – there are decent places to eat and drink.

It feels suburban to the south and pretty close to metropolitan to the north, imo.
What you are very unsubtlely saying: 'avoid Croydon it's full of working class people, including blacks'
 

editor

hiraethified
or is it as utterly depressing as i've heard it is?

good points, bad points, things i should know etc are all gratefully received.
It's pretty awful and soulless. A bit like a new town that hasn't quite been worked out properly, so there's no real identity to the place. Shopping's quite good though. And it's got s tram!
 

mack

Fact Me Till I Fart
Croydon's not that bad really.

If you like shopping, a vibrant but cheesy night life and a wide range of places to eat then it should suit you. The further south you go the better/cleaner/nicer it is.

It's got excellent transport links, Go one way and you can be in London in 20 minutes or you can be in Gatwick in half an hour.

There is plenty of potential for jobs although like everywhere else there's fuck all around at the moment.

Also plenty of properties to choose from either renting or buying, Cable broadband is pretty much everywhere if you need that.
 
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