Cool People: Ellen Pagan

Ellen Pagan

Operations Manager at TMRW

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What part of Croydon do you live in?
Kenley… it’s in the Borough.. ok?!

How long have you lived in Croydon?
I have lived in Kenley my whole life (ok it’s not Croydon) but I went to secondary school in Shirley and then to the BRIT School where I studied music and spent a lot of time in Croydon when I was younger (RIP Sheep). I moved to Newcastle for University to do a degree in Business which was great experience and then came back to work in London. I even moved to Brockley for a year but after paying a ridiculous amount on rent and because of how much was going on in Croydon, I decided to move home and find a job that was more local so that I didn’t have to trek up to London every day…. As soon as I saw the TMRW Hub I knew I wanted to work there so I basically pestered them to give me a job and i’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far!!

Where’s your favourite place to eat?
Byte Cafe – they do the best vegan & vegetarian breakfasts and lunches (think avo on toast and sourdough bread) as well as classic meaty sandwiches like the New Yorker (SO good). It has everything you find in the coffee shops in Soho – best flat white, raw vegan treats and wholesome salads (all produce is bought from Surrey Street Market too which I love).

Where’s your favourite place to drink?
The Oval Tavern – a great selection of beers and they are one of the only venues in Croydon that have live music nights, my Dad goes to the jazz there every Sunday and they have some of the top jazz musicians in the world play there (highly recommend).

What’s your favourite thing to do in Croydon?
Matthews Yard is really cool, you can go in and have a great burger followed by a game of ping-pong which is always fun even if you get thrashed. Boxpark is also a great atmosphere to watch the football/rugby and they throw big nights there too.

What’s the coolest things about Croydon?
How much culture there is here and how passionate the community are, they really care about Croydon. Since working in the area and being involved with the council and the community, I have felt so much love and appreciation for Croydon. Now it’s time for the rest of London to see it and feel it!!!

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