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

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

  1. Poi E

    Poi E Well-Known Member

    Recommendation for Freshco cafe and deli in Addiscombe. Good selection of Turkish/E European and fresh fruit and vegetables and cracking coffee and baklava.
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  2. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member

    "So yeah" ...

    Hipsterdom is alive and thriving at £8 per pint in Surrey Street
     
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  3. Poi E

    Poi E Well-Known Member

    Journo comes across like a sneering hipster wanker trying to do working class authenticity TBH. "What's with cloudy beer, sandwiches that have lettuce in them, give me muck".
     
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  4. hash tag

    hash tag member

    I see bookings are being taken to the newly refurbished Fairfield Halls.
    One of the openers is Janet Street Porter :confused: Guaranteed to bring the house down.
    What's On - Fairfield Halls
     
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  5. Poi E

    Poi E Well-Known Member

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  6. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    The new and improved fairfield halls appears to have exactly the same shite programme as before which is very disappointing imo :(
     
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  7. TopCat

    TopCat It's hard now...do it faster

    I see the concessions have been locked out of Allders?
     
  8. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    Oh the Croydon retail outlet village? Yes a couple of months ago I think the council locked it all down.

    Some of the concession business within have been helped into new premises but none had access to any of their stuck or staff belongings or anything for a couple of week.

    The centre is fucked. Westfield ain't going to happen.
     
  9. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Oh dear. What next, do is become part of redevelopment?
     
  10. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I'm not sure what I actually want to happen in the centre of Croydon, but it sure is looking more and more dismal. It's very visibly far worse than when I first moved here about 15 years ago. The mess, the run down buildings, empty units and boarded up shops, the homelessness. Something feels very mismanaged somewhere, or maybe it's a microcosm for the effects Tory rule and austerity.
     
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  11. hash tag

    hash tag member

    In fairness, I don't think that's unique to Croydon.
     
  12. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    Yeah certainly not just Croydon but I bet a lot of investment has been held back because of Westfield and many businesses have gone already because of closures and the fact Westfield would have destroyed the town centre if it was going ahead.

    Things have changed, people have changed. Build some more fancy flats instead :rolleyes:
     
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  13. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    It's all to do with Westfield not happening. Many of the traders in allders and elsewhere in Whitgift etc were on short leases timed to end when the CPO kicked in on various sites and development work was going to kick in.

    There is a plan for quite a few retailers to move in to Centrale while Whitgift gets developed first and many of the 'Lower cost' retailers would decide what to do.

    Westfield is delayed again so many of the short term leases in lower cost shops aren't renewing, because footfall is down and its all uncertain, and the whole thing is dying on its arse.

    The word I've heard is until John Lewis signs up formally as the other anchor to M and S no one will press go on the development. Given their event results this seems further away.

    On the plus side quite a few of the St Georges Walk retailers have found other sites around the area.

    It's basically some weird development blight until Westfield happens or not.
     
  14. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    It's just a very depressing mess that just gets worse to look at. I bet it was ace back in the Terry and June and Greyhound days.
     
  15. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    It'd be nice if they thought about making the high street ...different? More outside open space/greenery, activities rather than shops?,Restaurants with outside space places like playnation games, ludoquist, live music, theatre etc

    Places to meet, talk, socialise. Things for kids to do, things for old people to do and everything in between

    *Dreams* oh and affordable stuff not once a year for someone's birthday stuff
     
  16. hash tag

    hash tag member

    I think St Georges Walk was a bit of a revelation when it first opened and then the Whitgift; wow. The Whitgift was not covered from the outset and one of the first UK Mac's opened in there.
    It was all very different to now. It was certainly a destination when it first opened. Cars still drove through the high street and there were three major department stores...Deb's, Allder's and
    just down the road was Grants. I cannot remember if Grants was still opened when the Whitgift was opened or the Whitgift signaled the end for Grants.
     
  17. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Wasn't that the original plan for the developers of the area around the station? But no. Luxury flats, no theatre and that temporary shithole boxpark.
     
  18. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Talking of Croydon, I want to take the wife and daughter out somewhere yummy tonight. They want dim sum, but all I can think of is that place by wing tip (no) or that place up on the hill with a view of croydon (popular with doggers apparently). Any ideas?
     
  19. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    Well it's not Croydon, but in terms of accessible by rail in south London Dragon Castle is fantastic.

    The place inside Wing Yip is fine, but they're not going to serve dim sum in the evening. Too traditional for that. The place is very Chinatown, rude service included.
     
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  20. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Sadly a bit further than I am willing to go. Be quicker just to go out in central london.
     
  21. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    Ah, but it is better and cheaper than many in central London. That's the draw. ;)
     
  22. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Where's Dragon Castle?
     
  23. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

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