Seven things you probably didn’t know about Croydon
Posted by LV= Resourcing Team
There’s a lot more to Croydon than meets the eye. This South London town combines rich history with contemporary culture and is home to a large and lively LV= office. We’ve put together a list of claims to fame and things we love about Croydon – some might just surprise you…
Celebrity central. From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, writer of Sherlock Holmes, to Sir Philip Green, multi-billionaire owner of the Arcadia (Topshop etc) empire, Croydon is or has been home to many famous fames. Other big names from Croydon include Kate Moss, Ronnie Corbett, Roy Hodgson, Ian Wright and the late Amy Winehouse.
Restaurant heaven. Croydon’s booming restaurant quarter is tipped to be fast becoming one of the most loved places to eat in South London. Whether you want a quick bite or an exquisite dining experience, you’ll find it here. It’s a foodie favourite, home to everything from Chinese restaurants, chains, cafes and the one and only Chicken World to sushi, mezze and summer food festivals!
Outdoor space. It might be known for its town feel but Croydon is much more than just concrete and cement. Did you know Croydon was voted the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘greenest large city’ and its beautiful Coombe Wood was awarded London’s best park?
You can be in Central London in minutes. From East Croydon station, you’re just around fifteen minutes away from Central London. The town is generally very well-connected – not just to London (by bus, tram and rail) but there’s also an airport here offering regular international flights. Marilyn Monroe actually used to fly in to Croydon Airport!
Dubstep started here! Croydon was the birthplace of dubstep. For those of you unfamiliar with the genre, dubstep encompasses Jamaican dub music with a syncopated rhythm and strong bassline. For the dubstep fans amongst you, you’ll probably be interested to hear that Skream was born in Croydon and worked in Big Apple Records, the Croydon shop which is widely associated with the early development of dubstep.
Outlet shopping. Everyone loves a bargain and you’re sure to find one here in Croydon. 28 out of 30 of the UK’s top brands have outlets here and there’s a whole Outlet Village dedicated to buying big names at small prices. Purley Way, the town’s main retail park, is one of the largest in the UK.
Not to be underestimated. There’s much more to Croydon than you might think. A stone’s throw from central London and surrounded by all the amenties you need, it’s a great place to live and work. If you fancy building a rewarding career in Croydon, see what our lovely office has on offer.