London Borough of Culture 2023
Make the most of a fantastic lineup of activities across the borough as Croydon celebrates its year as The Mayor's London Borough of Culture 2023, from lively festivals and museum exhibitions to live music and dance performances.
See a show at Croydon's Fairfield Halls, which usually offers a lineup of concerts, musicals, family shows, film screenings and Christmas pantomimes. The venue is also home to the SAVVY Theatre company, which puts on boundary-pushing shows with an inclusive and diverse cast.
Indulge in your favourite dish or try new flavours at Boxpark Croydon, the south London sibling of Shoreditch’s pop-up mall. Made of refurbished shipping containers, this food hall dishes up a taste of the world from south London. It also has a huge events calendar, ranging from live music and comedy nights to film screenings and art exhibitions.
Museum of Croydon
Learn about the history of Croydon and beyond at the Museum of Croydon. Housed inside a distinctive clock tower, the museum’s exhibits are free to visit and contain more than 2,000 artworks, a collection of Chinese ceramics from 2500 BC and ancient Roman artefacts.
Enjoy a spot of nature in Coombe Wood, which is packed with varieties of English horticulture. Stop for a coffee and cake at Coach House Cafe, or go for a relaxing walk through the winding woodland paths.
Bounce around on hundreds of trampolines at Oxygen Freejumping. Alongside the trampolines, you'll also find a huge airbag and foam pits, climbing walls, dodgeball courts, a parkour obstacle course and a play area for kids.
Try your hand at a huge range of much-loved board games at The Ludoquist. You can opt to refuel between games with freshly baked pizza, which is on offer alongside a wide selection of craft beer and cocktails.
Discover the award-winning Byte Cafe, a hip space in Croydon's tech hub, TMRW. Soak up the atmosphere and take your pick from a menu filled with wholesome food, seasonal specials and locally roasted coffee from The Gentlemen Baristas.
Croydon Airport Visitor Centre
Discover the world’s first international airport terminal at the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, now a free-to-visit micro museum that’s open on the first Sunday of every month. Housed in the world’s oldest air traffic control tower, the visitor centre showcases the history of the airport. It also has a restaurant and a gift shop.
David Lean Cinema
Catch a flick at the David Lean Cinema, part of the Croydon Clocktower cultural centre. This cosy cinema showcases indie films from around the world, and it’s named after Croydon-born director David Lean, whose works include The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965).
Surrey Street Market
One of London's oldest street markets, the daily Surrey Street Market is home to Caribbean and Asian stalls selling fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Sundays bring out street theatre, live music, seasonal events and a market for entrepreneurs.
Crystal Palace Football Club
Cheer on Crystal Palace Football Club at its home stadium at Selhurst Park. Watch a match, take a tour of the stadium and pick up your very own football shirt from the Crystal Palace FC shop.
Discover a brilliant programme of culture at Matthews Yard, a hub of creativity in Croydon. See art exhibitions, live music, poetry and more, or grab a bite to eat at the pizza restaurant or vegan cafe.
Croydon's shopping spots
Spend an afternoon exploring Croydon’s great collection of shops. You’ll find independent boutiques in the Old Town and an array of high street stores in the town’s two major shopping centres, Centrale and Whitgift.
See the resting place of six archbishops of Canterbury at Croydon Minster, an 1870s reconstruction on a much older site. The church’s programme usually includes live classical music performances by the resident choirs and guests.
Take a guided tour to step inside one of only four large windmills open to the public in Greater London and learn the history of Shirley Windmill. The windmill was built in 1854 and opens on the first Sunday of the month from June to October.
Make sure to stop by Turf, an artist-run contemporary art space that plays host to a lineup of free exhibitions and events, from art fun days for families to artist-led workshops.