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Coordinates: 51°25′03″N 0°03′53″W / 51.4174°N 0.0648°W / 51.4174; -0.0648

Penge is located in Greater London

 Penge shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ345705
London borough Bromley
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district SE20
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Beckenham
London Assembly Bexley and Bromley
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Penge is a suburb of London in the London Borough of Bromley. It is located 7.1 miles (11.4 km) south east of Charing Cross.



The Watermen's Almshouses

Penge was once a small town, which was recorded under the name Penceat in a Saxon deed dating from 957. Most historians believe the name of the town is derived from the Celtic word Penceat which means "edge of wood" and refers to the fact that the surrounding area was once covered in a dense forest. The original Celtic words of which the name was composed referred to pen "head", as in the Welsh pen (used in Penarth) and ceat "wood", similar to the Welsh coed (used in Llangoedmor).

Penge formed a part of the parish of Battersea, with the historic county boundary between Kent and Surrey forming its eastern boundary.[1] In 1855 both parts of the parish were included in the area of the Metropolitan Board of Works, with Penge Hamlet Vestry electing six members to the Lewisham District Board of Works.[2] The Local Government Act 1888 abolished the Metropolitan Board, with its area becoming the County of London. However the London Government Act 1899 subsequently made provision for Penge to be removed from the County of London and annexed to either Surrey or Kent. Accordingly, an order in council transferred the hamlet to Kent in 1900, constituting it as Penge Urban District.[3] The urban district was abolished in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963, and its former area merged with that of other districts to form the London Borough of Bromley. With the creation of the Penge Urban District, Penge New Road (formerly the part of Beckenham Road north of Kent House Road) was renamed Penge High Street.

From 1885 the Hamlet of Penge was a ward of the Dulwich parliamentary constituency, which was then in Surrey, and remained in that seat until 1918 when it was transferred to the new Bromley constituency. Since 1950 it has been part of the Beckenham constituency. From the 2010 general election Penge will form part of the new Lewisham West and Penge constituency.

In the Victorian era Penge developed into a fashionable suburb because of its proximity to the relocated Crystal Palace. It became a fashionable day out to visit the Crystal Palace during the day and to take the tram down the hill to one of the 'twenty-five pubs to the square mile'[4] or two Music Halls - The King's Hall and the Empire Theatre (later the Essoldo cinema).[5][6]

By 1862 Stanford's map of London[7] shows large homes had been constructed along Penge New Road (now Crystal Palace Park Road and Penge High Street), Thick Wood (now Thicket) Road and Anerley Road. This all came to an end with the notorious Penge Murders of 1877.[8]

Historical buildings and structures

  • There are many Victorian almshouses in Penge, the oldest being the Royal Watermen's Almshouses,[9] built around 1840 by the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the City of London for retired company Freemen and their widows. In 1973, the almspeople were moved to a new site in Hastings, and the original buildings were converted into private homes.
  • The Queen Adelaide Almshouses were built in 1848 at the request of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the widow of King William IV, to provide shelter for twelve widows or orphan daughters of naval officers. Again, the almshouses are now in private residences.
  • St. John's Cottages on Maple Road were built as almshouses in 1863, designed by the architect Edwin Nash. As with their predecessors, the cottages are now privately owned homes. On New Years Day 1959 No.8 was destroyed by a gas explosion killing one person[10]. The cottage was rebuilt to closely resemble the original.
  • The Police Station at the corner of the High Street and Green Lane is believed to be London's oldest working police station[11] but has been scheduled for closure since January 21 2010.
  • When completed in 1956 the Crystal Palace Transmitter was the tallest structure in the UK, a record it lost to the Anglia Television transmitter in 1959. It remained the tallest structure in the London area until 1991.
  • The London and Croydon Canal was built across Penge Common along what is now the line of the railway through Penge West railway station, deviating to the south before Anerley railway station. There is a remnant at the northern corner of Betts Park, Anerley.
  • Following the closure of the London and Croydon Canal, the London and Croydon Railway was built largely along the same course, opening in 1839. Isambard Kingdom Brunel built an atmospheric railway along this course.

Pensgreene (Penge Green) and the Crooked Billet

Penge was an inconspicuous area with few residents before the arrival of the railways. A traveller passing through Penge would have noticed the large green with a small inn on its boundary. Penge appears as Pensgreene on Kip's 1607 map.[12] The green was bounded to the north by Penge Lane, the west by Beckenham Road and the southeast by the Crooked Billet. On a modern map that area is very small but the modern day Penge Lane and Crooked Billet are not in their original locations and Beckenham Road would have been little more than a cart track following the property line on the west side of Penge High Street. The original Penge Lane from Penge to Sydenham is now named St John's Road and Newlands Park Road. After the London, Chatham and Dover Railway was built, Penge Lane crossed the line by level crossing. When this crossing was closed Penge Lane was realigned to the east of the tracks until it passed under the railway to the present day Penge Lane.

The 1868 Ordnance Survey map shows the Old Crooked Billet located to the southeast of the current location. This earlier location was on the eastward side of Penge Green, which disappeared as a result of The Penge Enclosure Act, 1827 which enclosed the whole Green. This left the Crooked Billet with no frontage to Beckenham Road, so new premises were constructed on the present site in 1827 and subsequently replaced in 1840 with a three-storey building. This was severely damaged by enemy action in WWII and subsequently rebuilt[13].

The Crooked Billet is by far the oldest and arguably the most famous public house in Penge. Peter Abbott[14] states that it was there in 1601 and speculates that it might be much more ancient. In modern times it is particularly well known for lending its name as a bus route terminus. From 1914 General Omnibus routes 109 and 609 both operated between Bromley Market and the Crooked Billet following different routes. The 109 was renumbered 227 by London Transport and continued to terminate at the Crooked Billet. (Route 609 was shortened terminating in Beckenham ). At various times the 227 operated from the Crooked Billet to Chislehurst, Eltham and Welling. Around 1950 some services were extended past the Crooked Billet to the Crystal Palace. Eventually alternate buses traveled the extended route until the present service arose at the time London Transport was privatised. The 354 buses now use the terminus, as do so short running buses on route 194 which carry the destination 'Penge High Street' or 358 which carry the destination 'Penge'.

William Hone wrote about a visit to the Crooked Billet in 1827[15] and included a detailed sketch of the last building on the original site.




Penge is served by London buses routes N3, 75, 157, 176, 194, 197, 227, 249, 354, 356. and 358. The bus station at Crystal Palace lies within the area historically occupied by Penge. This adds a large number of routes that technically serve Penge but are of little practical use to the residents of Penge.


Two A roads, the A213 and A234 pass through the area, intersecting at the Pawleyne Arms pub


Southern trains to London Bridge and East Croydon or West Croydon run from Penge West railway station (originally named Penge but renamed Penge West because of the change of name of Penge East railway station). Southeastern services between London Victoria and Orpington via Bromley South operate from Penge East railway station (originally named Penge Lane[16] but renamed after the portion of Penge Lane in proximity to the station was itself renamed.). The other nearest stations are:

Transport for London has begun work on the southern extension of the East London Line, to be rebranded as the London Overground East London Railway. This will bring services to the Docklands and Shoreditch through Penge West to connect with the North London Line, opening in summer 2010.[17] In the 1860s, Penge was also a terminus for the short-lived Crystal Palace pneumatic railway.

Cultural references

After the Crystal Palace was moved to Penge Place, a fashionable day out was to visit the Crystal Palace during the day and to take the tram down the hill to one of the 'twenty-five pubs to the square mile' [18] or two Music Halls:The King's Hall and the Empire Theatre. [1] [2] Music Hall comedians were in the habit of making fun of the locale in which they appeared and consequently Penge became the butt of many jokes.

  • Spike Milligan in much of his work including the Goon Show. In Scradje (series 6, episode 26) Professor Hercules Grytpype-Thynne was described as 'the strolling anchorman for the Penge and district tug-of-war team. In Round the world in 80 days (series 7, ep. 20) it was revealed that Count Villion de Jim "Thighs" Moriarty was the gold medallist road sweeper to the Penge district. A dialogue in Insurance - the White Man's Burden (series 7, ep. 21) went:

Seagoon: I didn't know you had a deaf ear. Bloodnok: Yes, I found it on the floor of a barber's shop in Penge

A small Post Office in east Penge was the location for Part 2 of The Stolen Policeman (series 8, ep.11) and Series 8 episode 13 opens:

Greenslade: This is the BBC light program. We present the all leather Goon Show. For the benefit of listeners who are listening we present 'The Plastercine Man'. The curtain rises on a window revealing the waiting room of the East Penge labour exchange. On a crude wooden bench sit two crude wooden men.

  • Rumpole of the Bailey as the location of his greatest triumph, the Penge Bungalow Murders {John Mortimer's original chronology was incorrect as the Penge bungalows were prefabricated houses which replaced homes destroyed during WW2, long after the date of Rumpole's claimed triumph. When the details of the trial were later documented in the novel entitled The Penge Bungalow Murders in 2002, Mortimer moved the events to the post-war era}
  • Terry Wogan as Penge-sur-mer or Penge-les-trois-auberges, pronouncing Penge as the French might
  • Brian Wright in his (1986) book Penge Papers: confessions of an unwaged metropolitan househusband [19]
  • The Meaning of Liff defines a Penge as 'the slotted wooden arm on which a cuckoo emerges from a cuckoo clock'.
  • In the 'far-fetched fiction' of Robert Rankin, characters from Brentford refer to Penge as a far-flung outpost of civilisation and often say that they 'hear it's very nice, but I've never been there myself'. On one occasion the anti-heroes Pooley and Omalley took so long to walk home from Penge that they grew beards on the way. Their friend Professor Slocombe claims that Penge was the true birthplace of the Virgin Mary (he also claims that Chiswick is the original Babylon).
  • Former Beckenham resident David Bowie makes reference to Penge in the song 'Did You Ever Have A Dream', itself the B-side of Bowie's early 1967 single Love You Till Tuesday (song). Bowie juxtaposes the ordinariness of Penge with America by singing "You can walk around in New York while you sleep in Penge".
  • In the film The Football Factory (2004), main character Tommy Johnson refers disparagingly of Tamara, the girlfriend of his best mate Rod, as a "Penge Minge" and "...wannabe Middle-class scum.".
  • Radio 4 series "Old Harry's Game" references Penge several times throughout the first five series, including the replacement of the Archbishop of Canterbury with the Archbishop of Penge.
  • It is the setting for the BBC (2006) comedy series Pulling.
  • English dramatist Christopher Fry, in his play "Venus Observed", includes the phrase, "...every pool's as populous as Penge..." in a long speech.
  • In South Africa the largest amosite (Grunerite) mine in the world was named Penge (apparently one of the U.K. directors considered that the two areas were similar in appearance.)[20]

Famous public houses

  • Penge is home to a number of taverns and public houses, indeed it was noted in Victorian times for its '25 pubs to the square mile'. The Crooked Billet is by far the oldest and arguably the most famous.
  • The Pawleyne Arms is currently the terminus for the 176 bus service. It was previously an intermediate turning point for short running buses on the 12, 75 and 194 bus services, becoming the southern terminus for route 12 between 1986 and 1988 when the route was again shortened.
  • The public houses in Maple Road have nearly all changed their names. The Dew Drop Inn is now The Market Tavern (and features in the television series The Bill as the Market Tavern in Canley Market). The London Tavern became The Hop Exchange and then The Hop House. As of 2006, it was closed, and as of 2009 the pub's facade has been removed and the building is undergoing conversion into residential accommodations. The Lord Palmerston has been delicensed and is now a pizza outlet. The King William IV became The Crown and is now The Maple Tree. Only The Golden Lion has retained its name, although it has extended its premises substantially.
  • Other public houses in the area include: The Goldsmith Arms, Bridge House Tavern, Queen Adelaide Arms, The Alexandra, Graces (formerly Dr W G Grace), , Kent House Tavern, Robin Hood (closed, subsequently destroyed by fire in 2006 and demolished), Royal Oak, The Mitre, The Goat House (destroyed by fire and now demolished), The Waterman's Arms (now Superdrug), The Anchor (closed circa 1910), The Thicket Tavern and Hollywood East (formerly The Park Tavern). The last named was the venue for the inquest into the Penge Murders.
  • Penge also has several clubs including a Conservative Club. The Penge & District Trade Union & Labour Social Club (CIU) built by local tradesmen in 1922, the former Liberal Club closed in 2005.

Notable residents

Nearest places

Open spaces


  1. ^ British History Online - Battersea with Penge Hamlet
  2. ^ Kelly's Directory of Surrey, 1891
  3. ^ Hamlet of Penge, The Times, February 27, 1900
  4. ^ Abbott, Peter (2002) Book of Penge, Anerley and Crystal Palace: The Community, Past Present and Future, p114 Halsgrove. ISBN 1841142107
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  10. ^ Housewife dies in Maple Road blast, 'Beckenham and Penge Advertiser', 8th January 1959, p1.
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  12. ^ in Abbott, Peter (2002) Book of Penge, Anerley and Crystal Palace: The Community, Past Present and Future, p18 Halsgrove. ISBN 1841142107
  13. ^ Abbott, Peter (2002) Book of Penge, Anerley and Crystal Palace: The Community, Past Present and Future, p48 Halsgrove. ISBN 1841142107
  14. ^ Abbott, Peter (2002) Book of Penge, Anerley and Crystal Palace: The Community, Past Present and Future, p10 Halsgrove. ISBN 1841142107
  15. ^ "The Crooked Billet, on Penge Common", The Every-day Book and Table Book; or, Everlasting Calendar of Popular Amusements, Sports, Pastimes, Ceremonies, Manners, Customs, and Events, Each of the Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Days, in Past and Present Times; Forming a Complete History of the Year, Months, and Seasons, and a Perpetual Key to the Almanac, Including Accounts of the Weather, Rules for Health and Conduct, Remarkable and Important Anecdotes, Facts, and Notices, in Chronology, Antiquities, Topography, Biography, Natural History, Art, Science, and General Literature; Derived from the Most Authentic Sources, and Valuable Original Communication, with Poetical Elucidations, for Daily Use and Diversion. Vol III., ed. William Hone, (London: 1838) p 669-74.
  16. ^ Camberwell: Divisions of the New Borough (Map) Ordnance Survey, 1885
  17. ^ Transport for London - Transport Commissioner visits East London Railway - Press release: 15 November 2006
  18. ^ Abbott, Peter, p114
  19. ^ Macmillan ISBN 0-330-29506-3
  20. ^ Quest for Justice, VOL 9/NO 3, JUL/SEP 2003, p219
  21. ^ a b Abbott, Peter (2002), p94.
  22. ^ Abbott, Peter (2002), p95
  23. ^ a b Abbott, Peter (2002), p93.
  24. ^ Pullen, Doris E. (1990) Penge. self-published. ISBN 0950417130, p72
  25. ^ a b c d e f Pullen, Doris E. (1990), p72
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South London is the outer southern part of London.


Many outer areas of South London were once part of the counties of Surrey and Kent. Surrey and Kent are sometimes used as part of the official postal addresses for these areas.


South London consists of the following boroughs:

  • Bexley [1] — the borough includes:
  • Bexleyheath
  • Erith
  • Sidcup
  • Bromley [2] — the borough includes:
  • Bromley
  • Beckenham
  • Orpington
  • Croydon [3] — the borough includes:
  • Croydon
  • Coulsdon
  • Purley
  • Kingston upon Thames [4] — the borough includes:
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • New Malden
  • Surbiton
  • Merton [5] — the borough includes:
  • Morden
  • Mitcham
  • Sutton [6] — the borough includes:
  • Sutton
  • Carshalton
  • Wallington


Bromley is a borough of London, situated in the south east 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 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). The London Borough of Bromley was created in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963.

The borough is the largest in London by area and occupies 59 square miles (153 km²), of which the majority is green belt land. Most of the settlement is in the north and west of the borough, with an outlier at Biggin Hill in the far south. 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. Westerham Heights, the highest point in London is located on the southern boundary.


Known to some as the "Dallas of the South" due to the density of shiny glass and steel high rise office blocks. Croydon has a cross-section of British history: Among its famous residents were author Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, journalist Emile Zola and punk rocker Captain Sensible of The Damned.

Croydon has a tram network, which runs from Beckenham through Croydon to Wimbledon. Despite this relatively new system however the area can often feel somewhat run down and lacking in investment. Although 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 arena, park, offices and bars).

Get in

By car

Kingston - see National Park and Ride Directory [7]

By train

South West Trains [8] operates a regular service from London Waterloo station to Kingston.

There are more regular train services to Surbiton, which is around 10 minutes away from Kingston by bus. Travelling via Surbiton can also be quicker when coming from towns to the southwest of London such as Guildford, Portsmouth or Southampton.


By car

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 and it runs through the borough before heading south to Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.

By train

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.

By air

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 linked to the tube network at the moment, but by 2010 the East London Line will be extended to West Croydon station as part of the London Overground scheme by Transport for London. Croydon is relatively close in proximity to Central London even though the borough it is in (Croydon) is the southern most in Greater London.

By tram
A tramlink tram bound for Croydon
A tramlink tram bound for Croydon

Tramlink, opened in 2000, is the first modern tram system to operate in 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

By train

East Croydon station, is the second busiest station in London, and the main station for Croydon. Most services that head to the South Coast stop here. Fast trains run into Victoria or London Bridge stations in about 15-20 minutes. Services are provided by Southern and First Capital Connect. West Croydon station is a interchange station for train, tram and bus. Services generally terminate at Sutton but some continue to Guildford, Dorking and Epsom Downs.

By bus

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:

  • London bus routes 50, 60, 75, 109, 119 (Purley Way (Croydon Airport) - Bromley), 157, 197, 250, 264, 289, 312 (South Croydon Bus Garage - Peckham, via Central Croydon, Addiscombe), 407, 410, 450, 455, 466 (not too reliable), 468, and X26 (West/East Croydon - Sutton - Kingston - Heathrow Central (Express)).

Get around


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.

By taxi

There is a large taxi stand, served by black cabs outside the main entrance to East Croydon Station.

By bus

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.

  • 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 featuring a number of disused red telephone box leaning against each other like dominoes.  edit
  • Chislehurst Caves, Old Hill, Chislehurst, +44 20 8467 3264 (), [9]. W-Su 10AM-4PM, seven days during school holidays. 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. £5, concessions £3, under 5's free.  edit
  • Crofton Roman Villa, Crofton Roman Villa, Crofton Rd, Orpington, +44 (0)20 8460 1442 (), [10]. 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, [11]. 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


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
The control tower of Croydon Airport in 1939, with the Imperial Airways de Havilland DH 91 Albatross Fortuna alongside
The control tower of Croydon Airport in 1939, with the Imperial Airways de Havilland DH 91 Albatross Fortuna alongside
  • 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.  edit
  • Penge Police Station, [12]. Oldest working police station in London. Built in 1905.  edit
  • Royal Waterman's Alms Houses, Penge, [13].  edit
  • 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).  edit
  • David Lean Cinema. Cinema built in memory of David Lean.  edit
  • BRIT School. Performing Arts and Technology school owned by the BRIT Trust (known for the BRIT Awards).  edit
  • Croydon Grants. Entertainment venue, includes cinema and desirable nightclub Tiger Tiger.  edit
  • Selhurst Park. Home of Crystal Palace Football Club.  edit
  • Warehouse Theatre. Large and well-known theatre for (mostly) young performers  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
  • Non-league football. Football enthusiasts can catch two "non-league" clubs (i.e., clubs outside of England's four fully professional leagues). Both teams 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, [14]. 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 three promotions, AFC Wimbledon will play the 2009–10 season in Conference National, the fifth level of English football and one promotion from The Football League.  edit
    • Kingstonian F.C., [15]. Formed in 1885, will play 2009–10 in the Ryman Premier Division, two promotions away from AFC Wimbledon.  edit



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


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 and a John Lewis planned).

  • Beano's. Second-hand CD and LP store with kitsch, cool styling which claims to be the largest in Europe.  edit
  • Centrale Shopping Centre, North End (Close to West Croydon station), [16]. 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
  • Park Place, [17]. Planned shopping centre.  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 Centre, North End (Close to West Croydon bus station), [18]. 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, Woolworths (now defunct), 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, [19]. 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
  • Borders bookstore. Built on the site of the old Empire department store. Its beautiful listed wooden staircase was maintained through recent renovations.  edit
  • The Crown, 46 Plaistow Ln, Sundridge Park, +44 20 8466 1313, [20]. Recently opened, this is a stylish yet affordable gastropub minutes from Bromley High St.  edit


Visitors are often surprised by the variety, quality and affordability of Croydon's restaurants. Whilst the pedestrianised centre is overflowing with bland chains and fried chicken, The High St and South End Rd (south of the flyover) has an excellent selection of independent places, which is (sadly) becoming a victim of its own success, and itself is beginning to be taken over by the chains.


  • 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. +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 1689842057. Various.  edit
  • Aphrodite Greek Taverna, 19 Westow Street, +44 20 8653 9895. Greek.  edit
  • Beefeater, 419 Streatham High Rd, +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
  • Nandos, 26 High St, Hesterman Way, +44 20 8681 3505, 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
  • Polka Bistro, 20a Lower Addiscombe Road, +44 20 8686 2633. Polish.  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
  • Lola Rojo, 78 Northcote Road. Tu-Sa 10AM-10:30PM, Su 10AM-4PM. Chef Antonio Belles' comfy, neighborhood restaurant and deli serves contemporary Spanish tapas.  edit
  • Paradise Island, 67 South End, +44 20 8688 9848. Seafood.  edit
  • Ahmed, 2 The Broadway, +44 20 8946 6214. Indian.  edit
  • Alforno Restaurant, 2a Kings Rd, +44 20 8540 5710. Italian.  edit
  • Aphrodite, 195-197 Merton Rd, +44 20 8417 0606.  edit
  • Broadway Tandoori, 250 The Broadway, +44 20 8542 7697. Indian.  edit
  • Cafe Rouge, 26 High St, +44 20 8944 5131. French.  edit
  • Chutneys, 31a Hartfield Road, +44 20 8540 9788. Indian.  edit
  • Coal, Piazza, 31-37 The Broadway, +44 20 8947 8225, [21]. Bar and grill serving international food. Seating outside.  edit
  • Confucious, 271-273 The Broadway, +44 20 8542 5272. Chinese.  edit
  • Dolce Vita, 44 The Broadway, +44 20 8543 7643. Italian.  edit
  • Est Est Est, 38 High Street, +44 20 8947 7700. Italian.  edit
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 88 The Broadway, +44 20 8540 3300, [22]. Great Burger Restaurant.  edit
  • Jo Shmos, 33 High St, +44 20 8879 3845.  edit
  • Lambourne Bar and Grill, 263 The Broadway, +44 20 8545 8661, [23]. Part of the Antoinette Hotel. Sky sports, happy hour. Medium.  edit
  • Lighthouse, 75-77 Ridgway, +44 20 8944 6338.  edit
  • Makiyaki, 149 Merton Rd, +44 20 8540 3113. Good Japanese food.  edit
  • Mai Thai, 75 The Broadway, +44 20 8542 8834.  edit
  • Nandos, 1-1a Russell Rd, +44 20 8545 0909, [24]. Peri-Peri Chicken.  edit
  • La Nonna, 213-217 The Broadway (+44 20 8542 3060). Italian.  edit
  • Paprika, 1 Kingston Rd, +44 20 8540 9229. Indian Food  edit
  • Reds Bar & Grill, 86 The Broadway, +44 20 8540 8308, [25]. International Food.  edit
  • Thai Tho Restaurant, 20 High St, +44 20 8946 1542. Thai.  edit
  • Tapanco, 20 Hartfield Rd, +44 20 8947 4737, [26]. Mexican, Italian and American.  edit
  • The Common Room, 18 High St, +44 20 8944 1909. Italian.  edit
  • The Stage Door, 90-92 The Broadway, +44 20 8543 8128, [27].  edit
  • Wimbledon Palace, 88 The Broadway, +44 20 8540 4505. Chinese.  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.


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.


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 Naeme 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 seperate 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



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=== 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.

  • Aerodrome Hotel, Purley Way (Next to Croydon Airport), +44 20 8680 1999. Luxury hotel, recently re-fited to become a luxury hotel.  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 (). Modern hotel.  edit
  • Premier Inn, The Colonnades Leisure Park (West Croydon), +44 870 990 6554. Hotel which offer warm and cosy rooms. From £40.  edit
  • Premier Inn, 104 Coombe Rd (South Croydon), +44 8701 977 069. Hotel which offer warm and cosy rooms. From £40.  edit
  • Travelodge, Norfolk House, Wellesley Rd (Central Croydon, next to Jury's Inn), +44 871 984 6318. Cheap and modest. From £40.  edit
  • Croydon has the highest rate of knife crime in any London Borough, so places to avoid are areas Thornton Heath, West Croydon and Norwood.
  • 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, it may attract unwanted attention.
  • Croydon town centre becomes very popular on Thursdays with TigerTiger open to under 21s, and its weekends with a multitude of popular bars in the town centre. Always pre-book your taxi for safety on a night out because the local London Black cabs are very expensive.
  • 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, Reflex 80's Bar and Disco, Nandos and Tiger Tiger restaurant and nightclub.
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  1. a suburb in Bromley, London.


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