You’ll find a lot to see, do and enjoy between these two points, from the superstores of Purley Way to hip street food hangout, Boxpark.

Best for brunch. If you fancy a bit of history with your hot chocolate, Lord Roberts on the Green is a community hot-spot that has been around since 1907, so they’re obviously doing something right! Set in the most picturesque surroundings, this charming hidden gem whips up everything from pancakes, to coffee and cake, to baby shower celebrations.

Foodie faves. The South Croydon restaurant quarter boasts lively traditional tapas restaurants like Galicia, the ever-popular Italians, Bagattis and Ponte Nuovo, and bougie, family-run brasserie, The Store. For a side helping of opera and belly laughs head to the truly unique Little Bay, or for laid-back vibes Boxpark brings banging flavours from all over the world in street food form. Las Fuentas tapas restaurant is great for nights out with friends, while Ege makes all your Turkish take-away wishes come true.

Supersize me. If you’re after a megastore, Tesco in Purley has it all. It’s HUGE and its petrol station typically comes out one of the cheapest in the area. Keep going to Purley Way and you've everything from Ikea and Currys, to Mamas & Papas, Hobbycraft and Decathlon, as well as Asian superstore Wing Yip and Costco heaven.


From nurturing community-based primaries to supportive secondaries that will help your tweens and teens thrive, there’s a whole flurry of top-notch options to choose from around these parts.

Nurseries. Bright Horizons. Fennies. Brightsparks Nursery.

Primary schools. Harris Academy Purley. Greenvale Primary School. St Peter’s Primary. Park Hill Infants and Junior School. Robert Fitzroy Academy.

Secondary schools. Thomas More Catholic School. Woodcote High School. Harris Academy Purley. Coombe Wood School.

Independent schools. Trinity. Royal Russell School. Croydon High School.

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