Croydon is not just a place to live and work, but also to spend your leisure time.
Its cultural offer has been greatly enhanced over the past few years, demonstrating the great sense of community which exists in the town.
To build on this success, Croydon Council has just appointed Paula Murray as its new cultural director, ensuring regeneration is not just about shiny new buildings but about creating a new cultural capital for south London.
For many years known as a great exporter of talent, courtesy of the unique Brit School whose talented students feature at various events throughout the borough, a whole host of grassroots activities have emerged in recent years.
They include the hugely successful Croydon Tech City community which has helped this part of south London emerge as the fastest growing tech hub in the capital.
And a whole host of activities have emerged including the annual Croydon Heritage Festival, a rooftop cinema on the top of a town centre car park, the Pearl Izumi Cycle Race through the town centre, the Ambition Festival showcasing outstanding local talent, the Croydon Food Festival highlighting the outstanding eateries in the town’s restaurant quarter, Croydon Pridefest, a LGBT festival in the town centre, and Matthew’s Yard a focal point for a grassroots arts community.
The Surrey Street Market is now a focal point seven days a week while the launch of food and drink destination Boxpark Croydon during 2016means Croydon is a now a place with something for everyone to enjoy.