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*<see name="Chislehurst Caves" alt="" address="Old Hill, Chislehurst" directions="" phone="+44 20 8467 3264" url="" hours="W-Su 10AM-4PM, seven days during school holidays" price="£5, concessions £3, under 5's free" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]"> A seriously underlooked attraction, the caves are not in fact caves but a twenty-mile long network of passageways, carved from the chalk deep under Chislehurst over a period of 8,000 years. Used as a massive air-raid shelter during World War II, the Caves are now a local tourist attraction. Tours often last for an hour, were you'll learn the fascinating history as well as hear ghost and horror stories. It can also be rented as a venue, and is used for by those into D&D 'cosplay' games. </see> Nearby, the exiled Emperor Napoleon III lived in a country house, which is now Chislehurst golf club. Derwent House is also notable for its exquisite style.
*<see name="Crofton Roman Villa" alt="" address="Crofton Roman Villa, Crofton Rd, Orpington" directions="" phone="+44 (0)20 8460 1442" url="" hours="Apr-Oct, Bank Holidays, W F 10AM-1PM and 2PM-5PM, Su 2PM-5PM" price="£1, children £0.70" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">The only villa open to the public in Greater London. It was inhabited from about AD 140-400 and was the centre of a large farming estate. Today you can see the remains of 10 rooms protected inside a public viewing building. Remains include tiled (tessellated) floors and the under-floor heating system (hypocaust).</see>
*<see name="Down House" alt="" address="Luxted Rd, Downe" directions="" phone="+44 1689 859119" url="" hours="Feb-mid-Dec W-Su 11AM-4PM, additional hours in spring and summer" price="£8.80, children £4.40, English Heritage members free" lat="" long="" email="">It was at Down House that Charles Darwin worked on his scientific theories, and wrote ''On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection'', the book which both scandalised and revolutionised the Victorian world when it was published in 1859. Built in the early 18th century, the house remains much as it was when Darwin lived here. The rooms on the ground floor have been furnished to reflect the domestic life of the family and the first floor offers an interactive exhibition on his life, his research and his discoveries. English Heritage has restored the gardens to their appearance in Darwin's time.</see>
* <do name="David Lean Cinema" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Croydon's only independent cinema, named after the famous film director who was born in Croydon. The cinema is operated by Croydon Council.</do>
* <do name="Fairfield Halls" alt="" address="Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG" directions="" phone="Box Office: 020 +44 20 8688 9291" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Theatre / Arts centre.</do>
* <do name="BRIT School" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Performing Arts and Technology school owned by the BRIT Trust (known for the BRIT Awards).</do>
* <do name="Crystal Palace Football Club" alt="" address="Selhurst Park Stadium, Whitehorse Lane, SE25 6PU" directions="" phone="Ticket office: 08712 0000710871 200 0071" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Crystal Palace F.C are a professional football league club. The club currently competes in the second tier of English Football, The Championship.
The team plays its home matches at Selhurst Park, capacity 26,309 (all seated), where it has been based since 1924. </do> Another popular south London side, with more of a family-feel is '''Charlton Athletic''' who play at The Valley, also 26,000 all seated capacity.
* <do name="Surrey County Cricket Club" alt="" address="Whitgift School, Haling Park, South Croydon, CR2 6YT" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" haling="Haling" south="South" cr2="CR2" email="" fax="">Surrey County C.C is one of the 18 professional county clubs which make up the English domestic cricket structure. They play four home games away from the Oval (Kennington, Lambeth/South London) each season. Two of these games are played at the Whitgift School, the other two games are played in Guildford. See their website for fixture list.</do>
* <do name="Croydon Football Club" alt="" address="Croydon Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, SE25 4QL" directions="" phone="020 +44 20 8654 8555" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Croydon F.C are a semi-professional "non-league" football club founded in 1953, as Croydon Amateurs. They currently compete in the Kent League Premier Division. Croydon Sports Arena is 2 minutes walk away from the Arena tram stop. They are somewhat overshadowed by '''Croydon Athletic''' though.</do> There is several other 'semi-pro' sides playing various divisions, in the southern suburbs of which they are named after, such as '''Welling United''', '''Bromley F.C.''', '''Sutton United''' and '''Cray Wanderers''' - the oldest association football club still in existance in London. Tickets are typically between £3-10, which is far cheaper then watching Crystal Palace or a Premiership side, and arguably a more authentic experience, as you'll be sharing a seat (or more likely standing) pitchside, next to passionate fans, who help run or own shares in the club.
*'''Croydon Pirates''' is one of the largest baseball clubs, actually located at Roundshaw, just in the Borough of Sutton. They boast two diamonds and often host the London Baseball Tournament in August. They have a team in the highest divison of baseball in the UK, which is still amateur. []. Similarly, there is '''Richmond Flames''', which sport several sides in different leagues and play further afield in south-west London.
Most of London's sporting venues are within easy reach of Croydon, via public transport.
* <do name="Wimbledon - Lawn Tennis Championships" alt="" address="The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19 5AE" directions="" phone="020 +44 20 8944 1066" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, held each year over a two week period in late June & early July.
Take tram from Croydon to Wimbledon, then either use special bus service or short walk using directions provided on website. Typical journey time should be no more than 30-40 minutes. </do>
* <do name="Football" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Football enthusiasts can catch two clubs that play at Kingsmeadow, also known as The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium due to a commercial sponsorship deal.</do>
** <do name="AFC Wimbledon" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="020 +44 20 8547 3528, tickets 020 +44 20 8546 9582" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Founded in 2002 by former fans of Wimbledon F.C. when that club received approval to move from London to [[Milton Keynes]], where the club is now known as Milton Keynes Dons. After a series of promotions in the following years, AFC Wimbledon are now in Football League Two, the fourth tier of England's professional club system.</do>** <do name="Kingstonian F.C." alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Formed in 1885, currently play in the Ryman Premier Division, three promotions away from AFC Wimbledon.</do>
It is possible to also still see speedway and dog-racing at Wimbledon stadium, which is in the Borough of Merton.
Croydon is one of the top 20 retail destinations in the [[United Kingdom]], it has two large and a smaller shopping centers. All the major chain stores can be found in Croydon, along with most department stores (including the only Allders left in the UK).
* <buy name="Beano's / Marketplace" alt="" address="Middle Street" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="10AM - 6PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Beano's which once was the largest second-hand CD, LP and DVD store in Europe, has now closed. It has however been replaced by Marketplace, which consist of 50 small market stalls selling arts & crafts.</buy>
* <buy name="Centrale Shopping Centre" alt="" address="North End" directions="Close to West Croydon station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-W, F Sa 9:30AM-7PM, Th 9:30AM-9:00PM, Su 11AM-5PM" price="">Shopping centre opened in 2004, situated on 4 floors. Shops include House of Fraser, Debenhams, Next, Zara, H&M, French Connection and Aldo. The Food Gallery is on the top floor of centre and includes a wide variety of restaurants.</buy>
Kingston has the most extensive range of shops in the southeast of England outside central London, and is very popular, especially at weekends. Virtually all major chains have branches, as well as several independent shops and boutiques.
* <buy name="Bentall centre" alt="" address="Clarence St" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Biggest shopping mall. Four-storey mall, which is anchored by a multi-level department store, Bentalls, which sells high-end fashion, home ware and specialty food products. John Lewis is the other main department store in town and is noted for quality. It has a branch of Waitrose supermarket in the basement.</buy>
* <buy name="Fife Road" alt="" address="" directions="Between the Bentall Centre and the railway station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Several clothing boutiques.</buy>
*<eat name="The Crown" alt="" address="46 Plaistow Ln, Sundridge Park" directions="" phone="+44 20 8466 1313" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Recently opened, this is a stylish yet affordable gastropub minutes from Bromley High St.</eat>
*'''Abbaye Belgian Restaurant''' (242 The Glades Shopping Centre) and ''' Belgo's''' offer 'Belgian' mussels and draught trappist beer.
*'''Pan-Chicago''' American deep-pan Pizza.
*'''Caligvlette''' Fine Greek and Meditarreanean cusine, next to the '''GreyHound''' Wetherspoons Pub on the High St. []
*There is a large choice of typical resturants you would see on most High Streets, such as '''Zizzi''' or '''Pizza Express''', with some good curryhouses spread around like ''''Tinga''' next to Odeon Cinema. Opposite is '''Taste Buffet''', which has standard Chinese dishes, but the friendly service lends a personal touch to your dining. £6.40 Lunchtimes.
* <eat name="Addington Village Inn" alt="" address="36 Addington Village Rd" directions="" phone="+44 16898420571689 842057" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Various.</eat>
* <eat name="Aphrodite Greek Taverna" alt="" address="19 Westow Street" directions="" phone="+44 20 8653 9895" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Greek.</eat>
Borough-wide, Bromley's town centre drinking establishments are generally the sort of generic chain fayre you would find anywhere. However, away from the centres, there are good pubs, many in the traditional vein.
*<drink name="The Anglesey Arms" alt="" address="90 Palace Rd, Sundridge Park" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Traditional feel, friendly staff and good ale, albeit a bit on the pricey side. Shepherd Naeme Neame pub.</drink>
*<drink name="The Prince Frederick" alt="" address="31 Nichol Ln, Sundridge Park" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Allegedly the only pub named after George II's son, ''Poor Fred'', Prince of Wales. It has managed to retain its traditional feel by maintaining separate saloon and lounge bars. A good choice of ales and lagers but no food. Greene King pub.</drink>
* <sleep name="Aerodrome Hotel" alt="" address="Purley Way" directions="Next to Croydon Airport" phone="+44 20 8680 1999" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Luxury hotel, recently re-fited to become a luxury hotel.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Ibis Styles London Croydon" alt="" address="Purley Way" directions="" phone="+44 20 8689-8989" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">The Ibis Styles London Croydon offers free unlimited WIFI, and is 5 minutes away from Thorton Heath train station, near the A23. Practical for reaching the center of Croydonand gives easy access to central London.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Express by Holiday Inn" alt="" address="1 Priddys Yard" directions="Central Croydon" phone="+44 20 8253 1200" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Built in 2003, new and modern.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Jury's Inn" alt="" address="Wellesley Rd" directions="Central Croydon" phone="+44 20 8448 6000" email="Central Croydon" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Modern hotel.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Premier Inn" alt="" address="The Colonnades Leisure Park" directions="West Croydon" phone="+44 870 0870 990 6554" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From £40">Hotel which offer warm and cosy rooms.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Premier Inn" alt="" address="104 Coombe Rd" directions="South Croydon" phone="+44 8701 977 0690870 197 7069" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From £40">Hotel which offer warm and cosy rooms.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Travelodge" alt="" address="Norfolk House, Wellesley Rd" directions="Central Croydon, next to Jury's Inn" phone="+44 871 0871 984 6318" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From £40">Cheap and modest.</sleep>
* <sleep name="London Gatwick Airport" alt="" address="London Road, County Oak, RH10 9GY GATWICK Rd" directions="" phone="(+44)1293/590300 email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">ibis London Gatwick Airport hotel is an economy London hotel located 5 minutes' drive from London Gatwick Airport</sleep>
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