Where in Croydon would you include on a special guided tour?

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Next month, the South Norwood Tourist Board, the people behind Picklesfest and the renaming of one of the local lakes after one-time resident Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, will be staging their first grand guided tour of the area.

The organisers claim that there’s just so much to cram into their tour, they are having to offer two separate routes on the day, June 12.

Nor is the Tourist Board the only people in Croydon who have gone into the guided tour business, with the Taking The Rise gallery now charging a tenner a time to saunter around the town centre looking at “street art” which may, or may not, have been subsidised out of your Council Tax.

The Tourist Board’s tours took many thousands of hours of careful consideration and planning, involving many hundreds of pints.

But it set us to wondering: what special sites in the borough of Croydon would our loyal reader like to see included in future tours to surprise and delight fellow residents and visitors from far and wide?

This SNTB T-shirt is not a prize in our competition. Sadly

And that’s what you have to do in our competition. In no more than 100 words, give us the site, building, venue or location that you think is a must for future tour organisers. Your chosen site or building must be within the Borough of Croydon.

The entries, which must be with us by the deadline of June 8, will be considered by our judges panel of Jane Nicholl, of the SNTB, walker Ken Towl, and Inside Croydon editor Steven Downes.

The person who sends in the best, most imaginative or entertaining entry will receive an extra-large SNTB T-shirt. There are no cash alternatives. If the T-shirt’s the wrong size, then wear it as a nightie.

The judges’ decision is final, and we might just decide to publish some of the better entries in due course. Usual Ts&Cs apply.

Send your entry – remember, no longer than 100 words – by email to inside.croydon@btinternet.com and put the words “Croydon tours” in the subject line.


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6 Responses to Where in Croydon would you include on a special guided tour?

  1. farmersboy says:

    There’s a side street off Davidson Road called Christie Drive where I fell off the 410 bus and broke my nose when completely drunk. It wasn’t even my stop, probably only really interesting to me

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    • Chris says:

      Au contraire @farmersboy. This is the sort of thing that is a must for any meaningful tour of Croydon. It is history that is utterly relevant to the drinking classes.
      In the old days — with judicious use of white paint — the locals used to amend Lower Addiscombe Road signs to the much better Owe Disco Road. IMHO this should be resurrected for any tour.

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      • Nick Davies says:

        Reminds me that the footpath down the side of Norwood Junction station had the sign “Dog Shit Alley” painted very professionally on the side wall. And indeed you did have to watch your step along there.

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  2. Nick Davies says:

    Londontopia is a site aimed at US tourists…a bit surprising that Croydon is above their radar

    https://londontopia.net/guides/top-10-london-top-10-things-see-croydon/

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  3. farmersboy says:

    That moment when you’re upstairs on a bus on Brighton Road and look across at Whitgift School and go ‘they’ve got ostriches and flamingos’

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