London/SouthLondon : South
South London is generally defined as any part of Greater London that is south of the river Thames. However this guide will only cover the outer South London boroughs, and exclude the inner South London boroughs namely; Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich, and the westerly borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Croydon links here. For other places with the same name, see Croydon (disambiguation).
Most areas of present South London were once towns and villages in the counties of Surrey and Kent outside London, which were assimilated by London as it expanded rapidly in the 19th & 20th centuries. Surrey and Kent are still used as part of the official postal addresses for some areas of south London.
Most of outer South London is residential suburbia, but there are notable pockets worthy of interest to tourists. The main towns of outer south London are Kingston-upon-Thames, Wimbledon, Sutton, Croydon, Bromley and Bexleyheath. Each of these towns are major commercial centres with major transport interchanges, cultural, entertainment & shopping centres.
Kingston-upon-Thames would have to be considered the most interesting of the aforementioned towns for visitors. It is a former market town within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is where many Saxon kings were crowned before the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066. It has a pleasant riverside location with views across the river to nearby Hampton Court Palace & Park, which is a tourist destination anyone visiting London should really try & see.
South London consists of the following London boroughs:
- Bexley  — (population estimated in 2008 as 224,000) the borough includes:
- Bromley  — (population estimated in 2008 as 303,000) the borough includes:
- Biggin Hill
- Croydon  — (population estimated in 2008 as 342,000) the borough includes:
- Thornton Heath
- Kingston upon Thames  — (population estimated in 2008 as 161,000) the borough includes:
- New Malden
- Merton  — (population estimated in 2008 as 202,000) the borough includes:
- Sutton  — (population estimated in 2008 as 188,000) the borough includes:
Bromley is a borough of London and the main town in that borough, situated in the southeast of Greater London. Much of the borough was historically in the county of Kent, as is reflected by the presence of Kent County Cricket Club's second XI and Tewnty20 teams in Beckenham, and the fact that the postal county of Kent is sometimes still used for traditional reasons for much of the borough (though postal counties are no longer required in UK postal addresses). Beckenham and Crystal Palace Park use to host confusingly the London CCC, which has the famous WG Grace before it was disbanded. The London Borough of Bromley was created in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963 and officially incoporated into Greater London. HG Wells grew up in a house along the High St, which until recently had a sci-fi mural in tribute to him. Charles Darwin also lived further out, at Down House, which is in the greenbelt to the southern edge of the Borough. Here one can find Biggin Hill Airport a small private airfield, used mainly for civil aviation, an International Air Fair in June and also featured in the Da Vinci Code.
The borough is the largest in London by area and occupies 59 square miles (153 km²). The borough shares borders with Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley to the north, Southwark and Lambeth to the north west, Croydon to the west; and the counties of Surrey to the south and Kent to the south and east.
Known to some as the "Dallas of the South" due to the density of shiny glass and steel high rise office blocks, including the Home Office government department. Wellesley Road runs north/south through Croydon and is home to the luxury Saffron Square apartment development, including an iconic 45 storey tower. The pedestrianised shopping precinct west of here is an attractive retail area. Croydon Town hall and the Clock Tower art centre are housed in an imposing Victorian building just to the south of the retail centre. A new major re-generation plan has been announced, called Croydon Vision 2020, which includes the new shopping centre and Croydon Gateway site (which includes a third Westfield for London, a park, offices and bars).
Croydon has a cross-section of British history: Among its famous residents were author Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, model Kate Moss, journalist Émile Zola, dubstep pioneer Benga, and punk rocker Captain Sensible of The Damned.
Sutton is a borough and the main town in that borough. The town is a vibrant place with a theatre, lots of public art ranging from murals to sculpture to an armillary (look it up!), a very large library and many restaurants and coffee houses. The centre has a lot of attractive period architecture, and there are four conservation areas to keep it that way. There is a lush little town centre park called Manor Park, complete with a fountain as its centrepiece. It is also the site of the town's war memorial. The town has a sizeable business sector and one of the biggest shopping areas in London, centred around Sutton High Street. It's not as big as Kingston or Croydon though, being a bit more compact. But you will find many well-known names, including a large Waterstones bookshop, complete with a nice coffee area upstairs.
Finally, being a pretty leafy sort of place, it may be reassuring to know that Sutton benefits from very low crime by London standards.
Kingston upon ThamesEdit
Kingston upon Thames is a Royal Borough and includes the town of the same name, with some historic structures and an attractive retail area, centred on the Bentall Centre. The borough was historically in the county of Surrey, and not only is the postal county of Surrey sometimes still used for traditional reasons for the borough, but Surrey's administrative headquarters are actually located here.
The popular zoo and amusement park of Chessington are located at the southern, almost completely rural, end of the borough.
By tube or London OvergroundEdit
The London Underground system does not cover South London as extensively as North London. The Northern Line (Black) terminates at Morden. The District Line (Green) terminates at Wimbledon.
Opened in Summer 2010, the London Overground now links West Croydon and Crystal Palace stations to East London, primarily at Whitechapel station, and North London at Dalston Junction station.
South London is served by several train services from Central London stations. Check the London Transport maps for the correct station as the layout of the lines is rather confused in places.
As a rough guide, services run:
- From London-Waterloo to Kingston.
- From London-Victoria, London-Blackfriars, London-London Bridge to Bromley, Croydon, Merton, and Sutton.
- From London-Charing Cross and London-Cannon Street to Bexley and Bromley.
The M25 sits on the southern edge of the borough. Junction 4 (Bromley/Orpington) quickly connects with the A21, though for Chislehurst and areas it may be quicker to use Junction 3. The A21 is the main London to Hastings road and it runs through the borough before heading south to Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.
The borough has 27 railway stations which cover much of the area and are served by three Central London stations; London Victoria, London Blackfriars and London Bridge (and, by extension, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Charing Cross). The main transport hub in the borough is Bromley South, with regular fast trains to London Victoria and a network of buses that stop outside the station and go to all parts of the borough. Orpington is the major station for the east of the borough.
Biggin Hill Airport is a former RAF airfield from which the Battle of Britain was coordinated and serves private jets. While the runway is usable by aircraft up to Boeing 737/Airbus A320 size, it is prohibited for airline operators to sell tickets for flights in and out of the airport, thus there are no scheduled or holiday charter flights from the airport. However, there is still a surprisingly large number of business flights.
Croydon is not served by the Underground network. However the old East London Line has been integrated into the new London Overground network, linking West Croydon Station to Dalston Junction via New Cross, Docklands, and Whitechapel. This service, which started in June 2010, uses new rolling stock with longitudinal seating layouts similar to those used on Underground trains allowing for more standing room. It is operated by Transport for London as part of the London Overground scheme.
Tramlink, opened in 2000, is the first modern tram system to operate in Greater London. Trams at the moment have destinations at Beckenham, Wimbledon, Elmers End and New Addington with all lines traveling through Croydon, on the Croydon Loop. It can also be used to reach the Underground in Wimbledon. Tramlink also has planned extensions to the M25 motorway (Park & Ride system), Sutton, Bromley, Lewisham with a planned extension to Crystal Palace. All these plans have been shelved by the current Major of London.
East Croydon station is the second busiest station in London and the main station for Croydon. Fast trains run into the centre of London terminating at Victoria or London Bridge stations in about 15-20 minutes.
There are direct service connections to London Gatwick and London Luton airports. Journey times from East Croydon to London Gatwick airport range from 15 to 36 minutes, with an average of 13 services per hour during the day. The journey time from East Croydon to London Luton airport is approximately 66 minutes, with an average of 4 services per hour during the day. The train service for London Luton airport also stops at London St Pancras (average journey time approximately 40 minutes), providing interconnections for Eurostar services to Lille, Paris and Brussels, as well as national services to the north of England & Scotland. There are no direct train services to London Heathrow airport. Typical fastest journey time would be approximately 90 minutes and involve at least two changes.
All services from London Victoria that head to the south coast stop here. Journey times from East Croydon to Brighton range from 36 to 60 minutes, with an average of 9 services per hour during the day.
Services are provided by Southern and First Capital Connect.
West Croydon station—which features in the famous story "Casting the Runes" by ghost story master M.R. James—is an interchange station for train, tram and bus. Trains run into the centre of London terminating at Victoria or London Bridge stations in about 20-40 minutes. Services leaving London generally terminate at Sutton but some continue to Guildford, Dorking and Epsom Downs.
Croydon is well served by the London bus network, with a major bus station at West Croydon and a new one opening on the eastern side of Croydon next to the Croydon clocktower and Park Place shopping centre soon. Bus services in the centre of Croydon include, but are not limited to:
- Towards central London: bus routes 50, 60, 109, 250, 468, X68 (a peak time express service).
- Other routes: 75, 119 (Purley Way (Croydon Airport) - Bromley), 157, 197, 264, 289, 312 (South Croydon Bus Garage - Peckham, via Central Croydon, Addiscombe), 407, 410, 450, 455, 466 (not too reliable), and X26 (West/East Croydon - Sutton - Kingston - Heathrow Central (Express)).
Kingston upon ThamesEdit
The M25 passes near the south end of the borough. Junction 9 (Leatherhead) quickly connects with the A243. The A3 is the main London to Portsmouth road and it runs through the borough before heading west to Guildford.
The borough has nine railway stations which cover much of the area and all are served by the same Central London station, London Waterloo (which is linked to Waterloo East). A significant transport hub in the borough is Surbiton, with regular fast trains to London Waterloo and a network of buses that stop outside the station and go to all parts of the borough. Kingston is the major station for the town proper.
All rail services are provided by South West Trains.
Transport for London (TFL) manages bus services in Bromley and these are operated by Selkent and Metrobus.
Croydon is mostly pedestrian friendly, North End the main shopping parade was closed for traffic over 10 years ago and most places can be easily reached on foot.
There is a large taxi stand, served by black cabs outside the main entrance to East Croydon Station.
Buses leave at West Croydon station, with most buses leaving Croydon stopping at the bus station next to West Croydon station. The other bus station is opposite East Croydon station on George street, although not all buses going past it stop.
Kingston is mostly pedestrian friendly, and most places can be easily reached on foot.
Buses leave at Kingston station, with most buses leaving Kingston stopping at the bus station next to Kingston station. The other bus station is near Kingston Museum on Fairfield North, although not all buses going past it stop.
- Red House in Bexleyheath is a major building of the history of the 'Arts and Crafts style' and of 19th century British architecture. Has some interesting textile displays. William Morris lived here, the architect was Philip Webb, with wall paintings and stained glass by Edward Burne-Jones. Run by English Heritage. Not open every day.
- Danson Park is a truly stunning yet under-visited park, next to Welling, that features a mansion house (Danson House) and boating lake.
- Woolwich Dockyard - historic area for both ship and weapon-making. The Arsenal (of which the football club derives its name from) is little left, although there is an Artillery Musuem and parade ground with attached garrison for soldiers which is sometimes used. Will be hosting several events for the Olympics.
- Charlton House, a Jacobean manor house. Formerly housing a museum and archives, the mansion is now a community centre, and much of the former pleasure grounds are parks.
- Abbey Woods, as the name suggests, woods with a now-ruined abbey (Lesnes).
- Chislehurst Caves, Old Hill, Chislehurst, ☎ +44 20 8467 3264 ([email protected]), . W-Su 10AM-4PM, seven days during school holidays. 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. £5, concessions £3, under 5's free. edit 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.
- Crofton Roman Villa, Crofton Roman Villa, Crofton Rd, Orpington, ☎ +44 20 8460 1442 ([email protected]), . Apr-Oct, Bank Holidays, W F 10AM-1PM and 2PM-5PM, Su 2PM-5PM. 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). £1, children £0.70. edit
- Down House, Luxted Rd, Downe, ☎ +44 1689 859119, . Feb-mid-Dec W-Su 11AM-4PM, additional hours in spring and summer. 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. £8.80, children £4.40, English Heritage members free. edit
- Petts Wood, cool place for a picnic, walk or camp.
Because it was heavily bombed in WW2 Croydon features a patchwork of old and new architecture.
- The Whitgift Almshouses. Form a fine Tudor courtyard. edit
- The Town Hall. Very impressive with a huge clock tower. edit
- Clock Tower Museum. Exhibitions on the gifted black composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) who lived most of his life in Croydon. His works include The Song of Hiawatha, a great favourite (before World War II) at the Royal Albert Hall conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. edit
- Woodside Green. Visit for a villagy experience and go to the Joiner's Arms or Beehive pubs for a pleasant drink or meal. edit
- Croydon Airport. London's former main airport, now disused and is now a tourist attraction. edit
- Museum of Croydon. A museum highlighting Croydon in the past and present includes the Riesco Gallery edit
- Shirley Windmill. Restored and the only surviving windmill in Shirley. edit
- Addington Palace. 18th century mansion in Addington. edit
- Croydon Clocktower. Arts venue, opened by Queen Elizabeth II. edit
- Nestle Tower. The famous UK headquarters of Nestle, one of the tallest towers in England. edit
- Fairfield Halls. Arts centre, which opened in 1962, frequently used for BBC recordings. edit
- Croydon Palace. Summer residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury for over 500 years. edit
- Croydon Cemetery. Most famous for the gravestone of Derek Bentley, wrongly hanged in 1953. edit
- Mitcham Common. Partly in the borough, shared with Sutton and Merton, this massive green space is good for quiet walks when the weather is nice and sledding when there's snow on the ground. edit
- The Coronation Stone. Whilst not full of sights, an item of some interest is the coronation stone, on which seven English kings from Edward the Elder to Aethelred the Unready were crowned. The stone is located outside the Guildhall, and is close to the market. edit
- The Thames. Kingston borough has recently put a lot of effort into redeveloping the riverfront, and it is an extrememly pleasant way to spend a summer day. It can get very busy, and to avoid the crowds you can cross over Kingston bridge and walk along the quieter Richmond side. edit
- Out of Order. For a good photo opportunity seek out the phone boxes, a sculpture by artist David Mach in Old London Road featuring a number of disused red telephone box leaning against each other like dominoes. edit
- All Saints Church. Kingston's old parish church near the market place goes back to the sixteenth century on earlier foundations. Inside, for those interested in military history, is a chapel dedicated to a former local regiment, the East Surreys. edit
- Chessington World of Adventures, (Buses 71 and 465 from Kingston, or by rail from London Waterloo to Chessington South), . A popular amusement park and zoo near the southern end of Kingston borough. The zoo has at least 1,000 different types of animal, and the World of Adventures is divided into several attractions, which include Market Square, Mystic East, Mexicana, Pirates Cove, Transylvania, and Forbidden Kingdom. edit
- Green Chain Walk, begins at the gardens by the Thames Barrier and is a leafy pedestrian and cycle path that continues deeper into the south-eastern suburbs. Can also check the pretty villages of Kent dotted around just outside London.
- Watch a match at Welling United or Charlton Atheletic.
- Churchill Theatre. Offers a range of theatrical performances, including touring productions, performances by (very good) local amateur groups, and pantomime during the Christmas and New Year period (usually starring somebody who used to be in Neighbours). Bromley Little Theatre is close to the North Station.  Bromley also has a medium-sized Odeon cinema. edit
- Quaser, a laser-tag arena along Bromley Road in Downham, which is good fun for the kids or a rainy afternoon..
- There is a large swimming pool in the Pavillion Leisure Centre , which has flume shoots and a wave-machine.
- David Lean Cinema, . Croydon's only independent cinema, named after the famous film director who was born in Croydon. The cinema is operated by Croydon Council. edit
- Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG, ☎ Box Office: +44 20 8688 9291, . Theatre / Arts centre. edit
- BRIT School. Performing Arts and Technology school owned by the BRIT Trust (known for the BRIT Awards). edit
- City Limits Entertainment Venue. Includes bowling, restaurants, nightclubs all in the same building. Inside the Colonades Leisure Park, Purley Way.
- Croydon Grants. Entertainment Venue. Includes a large 11-screen Vue Cinema, The Milan Bar (a Wetherspoons chain pub), Reflex 80's Bar and Disco, Nandos and Tiger Tiger restaurant and nightclub. edit
- Outdoor Spaces, . The London Borough of Croydon has 120 parks & open spaces which you can visit freely. edit
- Crystal Palace Football Club, Selhurst Park Stadium, Whitehorse Lane, SE25 6PU, ☎ Ticket office: 0871 200 0071, . 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. edit 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.
- Surrey County Cricket Club, Whitgift School, Haling Park, South Croydon, CR2 6YT. 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. edit
- Croydon Football Club, Croydon Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, SE25 4QL, ☎ +44 20 8654 8555, . 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. edit 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.
- Wimbledon - Lawn Tennis Championships, The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19 5AE, ☎ +44 20 8944 1066, . 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. edit
- Bike along the riverside. Follow the Thames path to Richmond upon Thames, Kew (home of the botanical gardens) and beyond into Barnes and Putney. In the opposite direction you will find Hampton Court, which has open air picnic concerts during the summer months. edit
- Football. 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. edit
- AFC Wimbledon, ☎ +44 20 8547 3528, tickets +44 20 8546 9582, . 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. edit
- Kingstonian F.C., . Formed in 1885, currently play in the Ryman Premier Division, three promotions away from AFC Wimbledon. edit
It is possible to also still see speedway and dog-racing at Wimbledon stadium, which is in the Borough of Merton.
Each of the towns and villages in the borough has its own distinct high street but Bromley High St remains the main shopping centre and runs the length of the town. The northern section is mainly comprised of a cinema, specialist shops and restaurants. As the high street gets to the Market Square, there are a number of pubs. The central section of the High Street, between Market Square and Elmfield Rd, is pedestrianised.
- Bromley Charter Market, (In a car park behind Bromley North Station). Th. edit
- Farmer's market. At weekends. edit
- Glades shopping mall, (Runs parallel to the east side of the High Street). The bulk of the better-known stores are in this area. edit
- The Mall, (The southern section of the High Street, which runs down to Bromley South Station). Does not get many shoppers. edit
- Time Trek Cute little comic-book shop near Bromley South station. Has imported manga and action-models too. TK Maxx is a large department store for great-valued clothes nearby.
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).
- Beano's / Marketplace, Middle Street, . 10AM - 6PM. 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. edit
- Centrale Shopping Centre, North End (Close to West Croydon station), . M-W, F Sa 9:30AM-7PM, Th 9:30AM-9:00PM, Su 11AM-5PM. 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. edit
- North End. The shopping road in Croydon edit
- Purley Way, (To the south west of Central Croydon, but still in the borough). Large retail area including large stores such as one of the four IKEA's in London, a B&Q warehouse, the first Homebase, TJ Maxx, Vue, Megabowl, Mothercare World, Argos Extra, Sainsbury's, City Limits and more. There are various retail parks there aswell, Valley Park, Purley Way retail park, Croydon Colonades, Waddon Goods Park, Croydon Fiveways. edit
- Supermarkets. Include, in Croydon, Sainsbury's (Whitgift Centre), Tesco's (on Brighton Road 5 mins walk from town cntr), Lidl (West Croydon), Marks & Spencer (Whitgift Centre), and a Waitrose (East Croydon). edit
- Surrey Street Market. Market which has a Royal Charter dating back to 1276 linking it to the Archbishop of Canterbury. edit
- Whitgift Shopping Centre, North End (Close to West Croydon bus station), . M-W, F Sa 9AM-7PM, Th 9AM-9PM, Su 11AM-5PM, Bank holidays 10AM-6PM. Main shopping centre, situated on 3 floors and used to be biggest shopping centre in Europe. Shops include Marks & Spencer, Bhs, Allders, Boots, WHSmith, Sainsbury's Central, Mothercare and Books Etc. Various restaurants and cafes throughout the centre. edit
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.
- Bentall centre, Clarence St, . 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. edit
- Fife Road, (Between the Bentall Centre and the railway station). Several clothing boutiques. edit
- Kingston Marketplace. The marketplace was historically at the heart of Kingston's prosperity, benefiting from a Royal Charter forbidding any other markets within seven miles. Today it mostly sells fruit and vegetables, although there are some other stalls. There are also occasional visiting markets from France and Germany that sell regional produce and takeaway food and drink. edit
- Real China along Bexleyheath Hight St. One of the best buffets in all of South London. The sumptious interior and atmosphere will have you believe you really are in China!
- The Crown, 46 Plaistow Ln, Sundridge Park, ☎ +44 20 8466 1313, . Recently opened, this is a stylish yet affordable gastropub minutes from Bromley High St. edit
- 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.
Visitors are often surprised by the variety, quality and affordability of Croydon's restaurants. Whilst the pedestrianised centre is overflowing with chains (eg the good Yo Sushi), the High St and South End Rd area (south of the flyover) has an excellent selection of independent places, which is (sadly) becoming a victim of its own success, and itself beginning to be taken over by the chains, albeit pretty good ones.
- Cafe Giardino, Centrale Centre and Whitgift Centre. Italian. edit
- Cafe Santa Fe, 201 High St, ☎ +44 20 8688 6717. edit
- Chicken Cottage, 263 London Road, ☎ +44 20 8689 1666. Fast-food chicken and ribs. edit
- Fatty Arbuckles, Valley Park, Purley Way. +44 20 8680 4717. American Diner. edit
- Noodle Time, 56-58 George Street, ☎ +44 20 8681 6598. Noodle Bar. edit
- Yo! Sushi, 21 North End, ☎ +44 20 8760 0479. Sushi bar. edit
- Addington Village Inn, 36 Addington Village Rd, ☎ +44 1689 842057. Various. edit
- Aphrodite Greek Taverna, 19 Westow Street, ☎ +44 20 8653 9895. Greek. edit
- Beefeater, 419 Streatham High Rd, Norbury, ☎ +44 20 8764 1671. English family pub chain. edit
- Chat House Tandoori, 14-16 Brighton Rd, ☎ +44 20 8680 5719. edit
- Chiquitos Restaurant & Bar, Unit 3 Valley Park, ☎ +44 20 8686 8341. Mexican. edit
- Little Bay Croydon, 32 Selsdon Road, South Croydon, CR2 6PB, ☎ +44 20 8649 9544 ([email protected]), . M-Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-11PM. Three-course meal £11.00-16.00. edit
- Nandos, 26 High St, ☎ +44 20 8681 3505,. Peri Peri Chicken. edit
- Nandos, Hesterman Way, ☎ +44 20 8688 9545. Peri Peri Chicken. edit
- Ocean Fish Restaurant, 56 Lower Addiscombe Road, ☎ +44 20 8406 3634. Seafood. edit
- Old Orleans, City Limits Colonades Leisure Park, ☎ +44 20 8225 1900. American. edit
- The Spreadeagle, 39-41 Katharine Street, ☎ +44 20 8781 1134 ([email protected]), . Food served M-F noon-3PM, 5PM-9PM, Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-6PM. A Fullers' "Ale & Pie" house serving up fresh, homemade pies and other pub classics, along with a great selection of cask conditioned ales. edit
- Tiger Tiger, 16 High Street, ☎ +44 20 8662 4949. English. edit
- Auberge, Units 2153-2156, Whitgift Centre, ☎ +44 20 8680 8337. French. edit
- La Brasa, 108a High St, ☎ +44 20 8760 9610. Argentinian. Winner of numerous 'Best local restaurant 200x' awards and is a real gem - small and unpretentious and serving flavoursome steaks, chicken and other delights. They buy good quality meat which actually has some taste, and it shows. edit
- Croydon Steak House, 31 South End, ☎ +44 20 8688 8422. edit
- Frankie & Benny's, Valley Leisure Park, ☎ +44 20 8760 5021. Authentic Italian and American. edit
- Paradise Island, 67 South End, ☎ +44 20 8688 9848. Seafood. edit
The area of Kingston of New Malden has a sizeable Korean population and there are a large number of restaurants along the High St. Korean barbecue, such as galbi or samgyeopsal is available in numerous places. Another option is bibimbap, a mixture of various vegetables, rice and chilli paste.
Sutton town centre's range of restaurants has expanded greatly in the last ten to fifteen years, and there are now culinary offerings of French, Spanish, British, Mexican, Malaysian, Thai, Pakistani, Portuguese and Turkish cuisine, as well as the more longstanding presence of Italian, Indian and Chinese eateries. You can't miss them, as they are mainly concentrated in the area to either side of the mainline station. Cream of the crop for fine dining is undoubtedly Brasserie Vacherin, listed in both the Good Food Guide and the Michelin Guide.
- Brasserie Vacherin, 12 High Street, Sutton, SM1 1HN (turn right out of Sutton railway station; it's just 50 yards from there.), ☎ +44 20 8722 0180. French. edit This is one of four restaurants in London run by renowned chef Malcolm John. If you want a fine dining experience, this is the place to head for. For starters maybe choose crab ravioli or Atlantic prawns and for mains grilled lemon soles - these are exceptional. Likewise the desserts of crepe suzette and the cheese platter. But it's all good from the meat to the fish to the vegetables, as they know what they're doing here.
- Uno Tapas, 19-21 High St, Sutton, Greater London SM1 1DJ (turn right out of Sutton railway station; walk about 100 yards down Sutton High Street, crossing Sutton Court Road. The restaurant is on your left.), ☎ +44 20 8662 4949. Spanish. edit A popular meeting spot in the town centre, this place is always buzzy on account of the tasty tapas on offer here. It's very large, so you should (just about) get a table without booking.
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.
- The Anglesey Arms, 90 Palace Rd, Sundridge Park. Traditional feel, friendly staff and good ale, albeit a bit on the pricey side. Shepherd Neame pub. edit
- The Prince Frederick, 31 Nichol Ln, Sundridge Park. 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. edit
- The Red Lion, 10 North Rd, Sundridge Park. Some christen this the best pub in Bromley. A friendly atmosphere, good quality ales and decent, affordable pub food make this an excllent choice. Greene King pub. edit
- Sundridge Park. A small neighbourhood just to the north of Bromley, has retained some well-liked, traditional pubs. edit
- Bar Red Square, 63-67 High St, ☎ +44 20 8688 1020. Wine Bar. edit
- Black Sheep Bar, 68 High St, ☎ +44 20 8680 2277, . Alternative and very friendly rock bar which provides a nice change from the rest of the town centre's establishments. Very cheap drinks until 10pm most days. It is a members bar but arrive with any form of ID and you will be signed up for free and allowed in. edit
- Green Dragon, 58-60 High St, ☎ +44 20 8667 0684. Pub with an eclectic but very good natured crowd. Live bands and DJs some nights of the week. edit
- The Spreadeagle, 39-41 Katharine Street, ☎ +44 20 8781 1134. Good place to get a pint with a tasty pie. edit
There are a large variety of pubs and bars from cheaper chain pubs such as Wetherspoons to the trendy riverside bars. The main club is Oceana which is always very popular and attracts a great number of people from surrounding areas.
- Druids Head, Market Place - the only remaining pub on Market Place
- Canbury Arms, Canbury Park Road - pub-restaurant a little way out of central Kingston doing a good range of beers
- Willoughby Arms, Willoughby Road - in the same direction as the Canbury Arms, a centre for real ale drinkers
- Lamb, Brighton Road, Surbiton - quality beers and wines but also has a cheese club and is very much involved with the local community
- Grey Horse, Richmond Road - a pub and a renowned local music venue
- Avis Hotel, 33 Rodway Road, Bromley BR1 3JP. Mid-range
- Bromley Court Hotel on Bromley Hill, is an elegant old-time place, that has been taken over now by Best Western.
- Bickley Manor Hotel, Thornet Wood Rd, Bromley, Kent BR1 2LW
- Sundridge Park Manor Hotel
There is a wide range of accommodation for visitors to the London Borough of Croydon. The Tourist Information Centre promotes establishments which are members of the National Quality Assurance Standards Scheme. Each establishment is inspected annually by trained assessors from the AA, RAC or English Tourism Council (ETC). Members of the Quality Assurance Scheme are graded according to quality, facilities and level of service. The grading is denoted by stars (H) or diamonds (¨). Any establishment which has no grading is not part of the Scheme, therefore quality cannot be assured. The AA, RAC and English Tourism Council (ETC) have joint grading schemes for hotels, guest accommodation and self catering. Hotels are graded from one to five stars. These indicate the quality, facilities and level of service. The more stars the higher the quality, level of service and range of facilities offered.
Guest accommodation includes guest houses, bed & breakfasts and some hotels. They are graded from one to five diamonds. All establishments must meet minimum standards for facilities and services. More diamonds are awarded for higher standards of quality and customer care.
- De Vere Selsdon Estate, 126 Addington Rd, South Croydon CR2 8YA, ☎ "020, . Experience a country retreat in Surrey at De Vere Selsdon Estate. With modern facilities and old-world charm, the hotel is a picturesque getaway in South London. edit
- Ibis Styles London Croydon, Purley Way, ☎ +44 20 8689-8989, . 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. edit
- Express by Holiday Inn, 1 Priddys Yard (Central Croydon), ☎ +44 20 8253 1200. Built in 2003, new and modern. edit
- Jury's Inn, Wellesley Rd (Central Croydon), ☎ +44 20 8448 6000 (Central Croydon). Modern hotel. edit
- Premier Inn, The Colonnades Leisure Park (West Croydon), ☎ 0870 990 6554. Hotel which offer warm and cosy rooms. From £40. edit
- Premier Inn, 104 Coombe Rd (South Croydon), ☎ 0870 197 7069. Hotel which offer warm and cosy rooms. From £40. edit
- Travelodge, Norfolk House, Wellesley Rd (Central Croydon, next to Jury's Inn), ☎ 0871 984 6318. Cheap and modest. From £40. edit
- London Gatwick Airport, London Road, County Oak, RH10 9GY GATWICK Rd, ☎ "+44. ibis London Gatwick Airport hotel is an economy London hotel located 5 minutes' drive from London Gatwick Airport edit
- The Purley Way is a difficult place to get about by foot: some areas can be reached by tram, but the park is designed for cars.
- Avoid flashing valuable possessions in the town centre to avoid attracting unwanted attention.
- Croydon town centre becomes very popular on Thursdays, with Tiger Tiger open to under 21s, and on weekends, with a multitude of popular bars in the town centre. Always prebook your taxi for safety on a night out because the local London Black cabs are very expensive. That said, the night bus network in Croydon is very good, and the vast majority of journeys will be completed without incident, but as ever, common sense applies.
- It is advised to be cautious in this area as it can have a rough crowd. In March of 2012 two men were stabbed, one of whom died due to his wounds.
- Avoid wearing Brighton & Hove Albion colours, especially if you are going to a Crystal Palace football match. An intense football rivalry exists between the two clubs despite being 50 mi apart, and you might attract unwanted attention if you are seen wearing white and blue stripes (Brighton's colours).
- There are direct trains from East Croydon to the seaside towns of Brighton and Eastbourne.
- There are direct trains from Bromley South to the historic cities of Rochester and Canterbury in Kent.
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