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

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by strung out, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. strung out

    strung out (",)

    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.
  2. ernestolynch

    ernestolynch Banned Banned

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

    AnnaKarpik Queen of all she surveys

    Quoting Sandi Toksvig, 'Croydon - twinned with Mordor'.
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  4. Stoat Boy

    Stoat Boy Banned Banned

    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.
  5. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Seems a bit pointless to move to London and end up in Croydon. Not the same.
  6. ernestolynch

    ernestolynch Banned Banned

    Give us a run-down on the lifestyle requirements of a 20-something tryhard then.
  7. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    The OP can do that as he is one.
  8. ernestolynch

    ernestolynch Banned Banned

    Did I get your age wrong?
  9. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    I'm not 20-something if that's what you mean. I see where this is going :facepalm:
  10. ernestolynch

    ernestolynch Banned Banned

    Better start again.

    The run-down on life in the locust class please.
  11. IMR

    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.
  12. southside

    southside Banned

    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.
  13. ernestolynch

    ernestolynch Banned Banned

    Far more racially mixed.
  14. 100% masahiko

    100% masahiko i is a professor and is magical like totoro

    Croydon has a Tiger Tiger there ffs!
    Says it all really...
  15. London_Calling

    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.
  16. southside

    southside Banned

    Avoid West Croydon it's a Dump.
  17. cesare

    cesare don't mourn, organise!

    The dual carriageway's been there for decades.
  18. strung out

    strung out (",)

    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.
  19. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    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.
  20. cesare

    cesare don't mourn, organise!

    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
  21. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    I agree, when I first moved to London, I moved in with an equallky clueless mate, who'd moved up a few months Buckhurst Hill, which is Essex ffs - even though it had a tube, it didn't feel like living in London
  22. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Yah. I first lived in Canning Town and it's just not the same. Gotta get into zone 2 Northside to count.
  23. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    plus there's the question

    "where do you live?"



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

    ernestolynch Banned Banned

    What you are very unsubtlely saying: 'avoid Croydon it's full of working class people, including blacks'
  25. ernestolynch

    ernestolynch Banned Banned


    Insights from the locust class.
  26. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    It struck me a few days ago you're very much like JC2 in style and content; a little too keen for attention and not quite worth the time.
  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

    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!
  28. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Nu urbans, ern. Get used to it.
  29. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    You are very, very bizarre.
  30. mack

    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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