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Where do you live?
I live just opposite the lovely Lloyd Park in South Croydon on Croham Park Avenue.
How long have you lived in Croydon?
I have lived in Croydon (East and South) for about 10 years in total. I’m originally from Dublin and have been living in the UK for the last 15 years.
Favourite place to eat?
This is a tricky one as there are lots of amazing places on Southend and now we have Boxpark too. I’ve had some great meals with family and friends at Yumn Brasserie, The Tree House and Alberts Table. You also can’t beat The Chateau for a Sunday roast dinner. It’s old school but the food and service is brilliant and the setting is really peaceful. Myself and my husband Mike had a great reception there following our wedding in 2014!
Favourite place to drink?
I’m a massive coffee drinker so love places like Park Life Cafe which has opened just opposite me at Lloyd Park, Byte Cafe at TMRW (I work remotely from this fab Tech Hub) and Matthew’s Yard. Smoothbean is great for a smoothie and owned by a lovely Irish man! Keeping with the Irish theme (it’s Paddy’s Day after all) The Baskerville is our new local since it opened and is ran by a fellow Dubliner (we get everywhere). Myself and Mike also love a tipple at the Spread Eagle before we hit the cinema at either the Clock Tower or Grants Vue.
Favourite thing to do in Croydon?
I love to take a stroll up to Coombe Wood Gardens. They are so picturesque and calming. I especially like taking a hike up Croham Hurst Woods. Both of these are only a 10 minute walk from our home. It’s fab – within minutes you are literally transported into the countryside.
The coolest thing about Croydon?
It’s a cliche but the variety. Everything goes in Croydon – people are accepting and there is a great mix of cultures. You have the shops, restaurants, nightlife, college, cinemas, theatres, comedy nights and then a few minutes down the road you have amazing natural green spaces, parks, golf courses and woods. Croydon is synonymous with being a concrete jungle but I particularly love all of the street art which has been popping up. It’s mind blowing. I can’t wait for the new Fairfield Halls to be rebuilt. I saw the late Joan Rivers there as well as Omid Djalili and Dara O’Briain. Lots of laughs! Ultimately it boils down to the people who are authentic and down to earth. What’s not to love?