Croydon and Cool? Say wuut?!
Yep, it’s true. This big slab of concrete (in the middle of one of London’s greenest Boroughs) is now one of the city’s hottest (and therefore coolest) new neighbourhoods.
As part of an eye-watering £5.25 billion regeneration programme, Croydon has seen (and continues to see) huge changes; the arrival of Boxpark, the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls, the confirmation of a Westfield shopping centre, a Creative Enterprise Zone status to champion creativity, and a street art scene to rival East London, to name just a few. Then in February 2020, Croydon won the London Borough of Culture 2023 status, meaning an additional cash injection of £1.35 million to help deliver even more cultural projects.
This has all contributed towards record numbers of new residential developments and a growing Croydon population.
East Croydon Cool is a community marketing platform that showcases the coolest things to see, do and experience in Croydon. By creating and curating content, hosting events and selling merchandise, it aims to strengthen local pride and encourage people to explore the growing range of bars, cafes, pubs, restaurants, galleries, clubs and shops the area has to offer.
Whilst the focus is on Central Croydon (aka East Croydon), great spots across the rest of the borough are also highlighted.
Ultimately, East Croydon Cool encourages newcomers to become active and engaged local citizens to ensure the Croydon community continues to shine as bright as its new buildings do 🙂