5 Reasons to venture out to Croydon

Matthews Yard – Based in Croydon’s Old Town, Matthews Yard sits on the site of Croydon’s first brewery and former jail house. The workspace there offers a low-cost space for start-up tech firms and creative businesses. On the last Thursday of every month, Croydon Tech City holds meetings at Matthews Yard for like-minded digital and technical start-ups to brainstorm ideas with one another.

The Yard’s cafe serves coffee and homemade snacks and treats that you can enjoy while visiting the gallery or studio theatre. The gallery showcases local artist’s works, selling them commission free. The studio theatre is an intimate performance space suited to theatre, film and live music.

Fairfield Halls – A proud Croydon establishment for over 50 years, Fairfield Halls has seen the likes of The Rolling Stones, Kraftwerk and more recently The Mighty Boosh to grace its stages. Recently renovated, it now has a new bar and foyer and hosts events and conferences. With the continued investment in Croydon, the Fairfield is set to become a landmark venue as Croydon enters a new era.

Vacherin – One of our favourite restaurants in Croydon, there’s a reason why this traditional French brasserie has been receiving hype from all corners of the capital. Award-winning chef Malcom John has created the perfect spot for lunch or a relaxing drink after a long day in the office. The lobster comes highly recommended!

The Claret Free House – A fantastic real ale pub that has served more than a million pints of the much loved, Palmers Best Bitter. With its warm atmosphere and wide selection of real ales that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, the Claret Free House is as traditional as they come. If the pub was in East London, it would be a sure-fire magnet for local hipsters.

Museum of Croydon – Situated in the Croydon Clock Tower, the museum is stated as a ‘lifetime museum’. On display are historical artefacts from the borough. The first objects sold by the local Ikea are on view alongside a copy of Crystal Palace and Spurs legend Peter Taylor’s first ever contract in 1973.

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