Croydon and Cool? Say wuut?!
Yep, it’s true. This big slab of concrete (in the middle of one of London’s greenest Boroughs with more than 127 parks) 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 support creativity and local residents, 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 a cash injection of £1.35 million to help deliver even more cultural projects.
This has all helped contribute towards record numbers of new residential developments and a growing Croydon population.
East Croydon Cool is a community marketing platform that shows newcomers why Croydon and Cool belong together and helps established Croydoners discover the latest new openings. We want to encourage everyone to make the most of the huge range of bars, cafes, pubs, restaurants, galleries, nightclubs, shops and events the area has to offer. Whilst we focus on Central Croydon (aka East Croydon), we also highlight great spots across the rest of the borough.
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 🙂