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Wed 21 Jul 2021 at 11:02pm

The right conditions

Last week I popped by the new Conditions Shop to meet artist, educator and Conditions Studio co-founder Matthew Noel-Tod. Haven’t heard of Conditions? Read on… Conditions Shop is a new store which opened earlier this month, both online, and physically in the Whitgift Centre (just around the ...

Thu 15 Jul 2021 at 11:26pm

Pioneering Purley

I have recently been seeking out blue plaques and creating my own running trails connecting them together (see here and here). I’ve been doing this in various locations but at the request of some of you out there on Instagram, I thought I would draw my attention to ...
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Thu 08 Jul 2021 at 9:44pm

Real bands, real ale, real life

Festival season has had its knocks these past 18 or so months, but suddenly there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.  South Norwood Community Festival has been given the green light and the thumbs well and truly up to go ahead. It’s outdoors for ...

Fri 02 Jul 2021 at 12:29am

Purley date night

After a year of having limited opportunities to go out and about to restaurants for dinner, this week I’ve been planning a date night. Being central Croydoners, we are well used to having a myriad of global cuisine at our fingertips in Boxpark and South End. But I ...

Fri 25 Jun 2021 at 12:20am

Stanley’s Pride

Most Croydon regulars interested in the arts have probably visited South Norwood’s Stanley Halls for a cultural event in recent years. For those of you new to Croydon, the venue is a beautiful Grade II listed Edwardian building near Norwood Junction which was designed by inventor and philanthropist ...

Thu 17 Jun 2021 at 10:41pm

From Croydon to Calais

This week we caught up with the lovely Joanna Scanlan to talk about her new film as well as all things Croydon. And yes I do mean the Joanna Scanlan who you’ll probably know best for her TV roles over the years, such as Terri Coverley in The ...

Thu 10 Jun 2021 at 11:56pm

London’s taste of Barbados

Croydon you are spoiling us with the extremely scrumptious taste bud teasers available at the one, the only, Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen. Bringing flavours of the Caribbean to Croydon’s Boxpark, Big Mike’s is refreshingly different. We headed there this week for an absolute feast ...

Thu 03 Jun 2021 at 9:32pm

Vegan Delights

All you Vegan non-believers get ready for a love affair with Vegan Express. Your taste buds will be dazzled and your pallet enriched with what I personally think is some of the best vegan food we’ve ever tasted. To the point you won’t believe it’s ...

Fri 28 May 2021 at 1:02am

Woods, right, left and centre

Our new favourite find at the moment is Shirley Heath – a wooded area you can enter on Bridle Road just where Shirley Church Road becomes Spout Hill. We’ve driven past the entrance sign for some years on the way to and from the big Addington roundabout, always ...

Fri 21 May 2021 at 12:05am

Addiscombe blue green run

Welcome to the second in our series of blue plaque runs. Ok this one isn’t 100% blue plaque as it features a green plaque too, but it’s an optional stop, so if you want to keep it blue, that’s up to you. Oooh that last ...