Croydon lies south of Charing Cross and is the second largest commercial district outside central London. The city began as a small settlement with records in the Doomsday book stating that the town had close to 360 residents. By the middle ages, the city was a bustling market town flourishing in trades like leather tanning, charcoal manufacture and brewing. The inclusion of a railway cemented Croydon as a commuter town. By the former part of the 20th century, the city conducted a thriving trade in metal and car manufacturer which was replaced by more successful trades in retail and service.
If the city gets too loud and monotonous, Croydon makes for a great day trip, owing to its proximity to London. Leave the town behind and embrace tranquillity as the lush woodlands of Coombe Woods envelope you with beautiful 14 1/4 acres of gardens and woods. Feeling peckish? Then Boxpark Croydon will leave you smiling in well-fed satisfaction! Savour treats from over 40 different eateries ranging from Tawainese street food to tapas!
Stop by the Croydon Airport Visitors Centre which is open every Sunday of the month or splurge on some retail therapy at Surrey Street Market which also happens to be London’s oldest street market. If you favour art then trendy Rise Gallery, Turf gallery and Art Rebellion gallery will do your eyes and soul a world of good! Unwind after the day’s activities at the Croydon Rooftop Cinema and Bar or shake a leg to live music at The Oval Tavern pub! Have we piqued your interest? Use Wecancar’s extensive car hire options to explore beautiful locations like Croydon and Sandwell.