Croydon is one of London’s worst kept secrets. Bursting with culinary delights, vibrant street art and bubbling with all the cosmopolitan vibes that make locals and tourists alike keep coming back for more. This small corner of the capital is not to be missed.
Whether you’re visiting for the weekend or fancy a night out on the town, we’ve put together 10 unmissable activities that will stay with you for a lifetime. So sit back, relax, and see what this charming borough has to offer:
Make your escape in style
We love Croydon, so much so that you can experience one of our immersive, live-action Escape Rooms for yourself in the heart of the borough.
Step back in time to the Cold War era. Uncover dark secrets from a creepy government research facility. Or prevent an underground spy network from destabilising the British government.
Authentic props, puzzles and a killer soundtrack make this one of a kind experience you are likely never to forget. With the clock ticking and mysteries waiting to be revealed, do you have what it takes?
Discover world-class street art
You can’t go too far along Croydon’s streets before you come across some of the most iconic street art the capital has to offer. From the groundbreaking Dotmaster to the sweeping tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, there’s plenty to see.
Why not make your way down to the arts quarter and feast your eyes on some of the most unique and inspiring pieces. And after you can hit one of the cosy indie coffee shops!
Follow in the footsteps of Mark & Jez
Croydon has been the backdrop of some of the greatest music artists, films and television series over the years. One of the most well known of all of these, is, of course, the hit Channel 4 comedy Peep Show.
Wander down to Zodiac Court and spot the dynamic duo’s original flat. Then head down to Canterbury House, where Mark met Sophie. While you’re at it, venture into Croydon centre and play your own pool game at the Loop Bar to recreate some of the more iconic scenes for yourself!
Go on a culinary adventure
Tucked away in the heart of Croydon, you’ll discover the foodie paradise Boxpark. Not only is this cultural hub constructed from a series of shipping containers, but it is home to almost every type of cuisine imaginable.
But it’s not all about food. Boxpark hosts regular live music events and has featured artists such as Stormzy, Tim Westwood, Shift K3Y and JME. Then there is the venue’s unmissable calendar of diverse events. Including creative workshops, movie screenings, spoken word, comedy nights, art exhibitions, and more, all under one roof.
Take a stroll through Coombe Wood
A dose of fresh air is food for the soul. Croydon’s undisturbed beauty spot Coombe Wood has all the pretty picnic spots you could dream of combined with stunning ornamental gardens. You can stretch your legs or let your children run wild. This small haven will help you feel re-energised before you get swept up in the rest of the action on offer.
Wander down London’s oldest street market
Dating back to 1236, Surrey Street is widely recognised as London’s oldest street market. Bursting with cuisines from Asia to the Caribbean. You can pick up some real bargains along the way, as well as every spice you can think of!
If you’re in town on Sunday, make sure you check out the artisan food and craft market. You’ll likely come away with eye-catching, homely pieces as well as delicious snacks you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Re-live your childhood
We love board games. Whether it’s nostalgia mixed with a competitive spirit, or simply the thrill of the game. Sitting down with your mates doing something non-screen related is quickly becoming a lost art. Fortunately, Croydon is home to one of the best board game cafes around, The Ludoquist.
Whether you want to order a pizza or sip on a locally roasted coffee as you take on the classics such as Risk, Dungeons & Dragons or Settlers of Catan or get swept up in new wave games such as Exploding Kittens, Memoir 44 or King of Tokyo, this is the place for you.
A welcome break from the hubbub and fast pace of city life, you can while away the afternoon in this comfortable and yet fun retreat!
Watch a game at Selhurst Park
Regardless of your love of football, taking in all the pre and post-game vibes at the iconic Selhurst Park is not to be missed. Home to Crystal Palace, you can soak up all the action from a premier league or friendly game as you scream, whoop and cheer for 90 minutes.
Become a Viking for the day
You may not be sporting a Viking beard, made your salute to Odin or taken up your Shield Maiden responsibilities lately (!). But there’s nothing stopping you from being a badass for the day at Bad Axe!
What’s more, this frankly bizarre and incredibly addictive activity is perfect for the seasoned axe throwing pro or newbie on the block. No matter your ability, the super friendly Bad Axe team will help you to feel empowered and emboldened. Start your axe throwing adventure!
Take in all the sights
Croydon has a long and diverse history. And one of the best ways to explore this for yourself is to take in all the sights. From the brutalist architecture to the ancient Croydon Minster, the industrial Shirley Windmill to the bronze age Croham Hurst Woods, you can follow in the steps of the borough’s long lost inhabitants through the ages.
Swing by the Airport Visitor Centre, the Museum of Croydon and the RISE Gallery. Witness history unfold and get a taste of what life was like back in the day.
Croydon. Home to iconic street art, some of the most mouthwatering eats in the capital and with ancient history to boot. This memorable borough is not to be missed!