Croydon and Cool? Say wuuut?!
Yep, it’s true. Croydon’s (unfair) underdog reputation is being shaken off, and this big slab of concrete (surrounded by acres of countryside) 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. There are more leisure and entertainment options thanks to the arrival of Boxpark, the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls, the confirmation of a world class retail and leisure destination and investment from both it’s London Borough of Culture and it’s Creative Enterprise Zone status. There are increased education opportunities thanks to a new London South Bank University campus and a partnership with the University of Roehampton. There are more enterprise opportunities thanks to a growing tech hub and start-up culture fostered by the likes of TMRW, NEXUS and Sussex Innovation Centre.
All this, in addition to what already made Croydon a great place to be: a vibrant community, a thriving arts scene and excellent transport connections (including trains that get you to Central London or Gatwick Airport in 15 mins).
The world has seen the light (!) and Croydon is now home to record numbers of new developments and a growing population of workers, students and residents.
East Croydon Cool is a community marketing platform that showcases the coolest things to see, do and experience in Croydon. By creating and curating relevant and inspiring content, hosting events and selling merchandise, it strengthens local pride and encourages people to embrace both the exciting new changes as well as the businesses, organisations and people who have been here for years.
East Croydon Cool aims to inspire newcomers to become active and engaged local citizens to ensure the Croydon community continues to shine as bright as its new buildings do.
Whilst the focus is on Central Croydon (aka East Croydon), great spots across the rest of the borough are also highlighted.
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