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READER OFFER: Join us for Ken Towl’s Magical Mystery Tour

Inside Croydon’s non-resident rambler is off on his travels again soon. And this time, he’s giving iC’s loyal readers the chance to tag along for the trip. Saturday, April 6, will be Inside Croydon’s first public guided walk, with Ken … Continue reading

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Fare rises and jerk chicken: Tory Bailey hasn’t much to offer

Shaun Bailey, recently named as the Conservative candidate for London Mayor, was in Croydon last night for what the local Tories tried to bill as a Black History Month event. KEN TOWL went along to see what Bailey had to … Continue reading

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Follow Kenley’s yellow brick road for a high-flying ramble

WANDLE WANDERER: There’s a Bank Holiday coming up and our loyal reader KEN TOWL has found a rambling route of just over two miles which includes a star-gazing observatory, a yellow brick road, the ghostly swishing of gliders, and two … Continue reading

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World War Three, Brexit, Boris… but there is always The Hope

There was a whole load of wassailing going on in Carshalton at the weekend. KEN TOWL went along to find out what the fuss was all about. Photos: SIMON BENTLEY I find myself speaking to a man who appears to … Continue reading

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Brewers’ ‘smart’ pigeon brand homes in on Therapia Lane

There’s a new brewer in town, and KEN TOWL couldn’t wait to visit When Walter White realised that the cotidian lifestyle was not for him, he ended up breaking bad. When Messrs Anspach and Hobday decided to strike out on … Continue reading

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This is how we have always run elections, since before there was TV or even radio, and no one’s noticed how pointless it is

KEN TOWL finds there’s not much recreational fun in this electioneering lark, as he attends last night’s set-piece hustings Having tried my hand at canvassing at the weekend, I thought I would really throw myself into the democratic melee by … Continue reading

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Thornberry, white vans and taking canvassing on board

Just what are those political party activists, armed with clipboards and little slips of paper, doing when they come knocking at your door at election time? KEN TOWL set off to find out On Saturday at 10am, Emily Thornberry was … Continue reading

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Gallery in South Norwood offers a bit of Brazil in batik

On a rainy night in Croydon, KEN TOWL heads off to Portland Road for a feel of Latin American sunshine At the weekend I was taking brunch with members of the self-titled FILTH – Failed In London – Try Hastings … Continue reading

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Wintry Thames towpath walk that’s like entering another world

WANDLE WANDERER: Croydon’s own river, the Wandle, eventually reaches the Thames itself, which provides a multitude of possible walks. Here, KEN TOWL sets off for Richmond to see what the towpath has to offer With friends visiting from Hackney and … Continue reading

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160 voices sing Verdi’s Requiem at Croydon’s People’s Palace: with Elton John in the toilets and ‘limited nibbles’ for £15

The Croydon Philharmonic Choir made its long-awaited return to the refurbished Fairfield Halls last night. And so, too, did KEN TOWL When a Croydon re-opening commands the presence of the Mayor of London himself, you know something big is happening. … Continue reading

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Fanfare for the Common man, and here’s a toast to two ‘saints’

WANDLE WANDERER: Our non-resident rambler KEN TOWL is off on his travels again, but he hasn’t had to venture very far afield to discover some overlooked treasures St Reatham is not, of course, a church named after a saint, but … Continue reading

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Enjoy a different kind of Fortnight along banks of the Wandle

Wandle Fortnight is a celebration of the Wandle Valley run by the community for the community, and it all starts next weekend. Much work has been done to uncover the River Wandle and clean it up, from the multi-million-pound work … Continue reading

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South Norwood has hip answers to the pub quiz question

Our occasional pub crawler KEN TOWL set off for SE25 to discover the delights of the craft beer bars and cafés close to Norwood Junction, with SIMON BENTLEY in the quiz team and taking the photographs It was a Thursday … Continue reading

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Colour Palace adds light to Picture Gallery’s Baroque and rolls

Need somewhere to take shelter from summer showers? KEN TOWL has been on his travels again, this time all the way by bus to Dulwich Village This summer, until September 22, a very modern pavilion is standing in front of … Continue reading

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Take a walk on the Weald side, but remember to bring a map

Having followed the waymarkers, just, all the way from East Croydon to Warlingham, KEN TOWL got back on the bus bright and early to pick up the Vanguard Way from where he left off, with some a-llama-ing findings along the … Continue reading

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Be in the Vanguard for a hike from Croydon to the south coast

In the middle of the hottest of heatwaves, KEN TOWL set off from East Croydon for the sea. He travelled not by train, but on foot along the Vanguard Way I am looking at a plaque on the side of … Continue reading

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Hipsterdom is alive and thriving at £8 per pint in Surrey Street

Go on a pub crawl, said the editor. Find the dark heart of hipster wankerdom in Croydon, where beer is overpriced and the sandwiches chewy and taste odd, he said. Play ping pong, or shuffleboard, came the brief. As you … Continue reading

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Brixton restaurant that serves up a lambshank redemption

KEN TOWL has been doing thyme at one of London’s best-rated restaurants, where there isn’t a bar, but everyone is behind bars and where porridge isn’t on the menu Last week I literally had my collar felt. Getting into Her … Continue reading

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How Lime puts the squeeze on bike riders, at 15p per minute

KEN TOWL took a ride on one of the new dockless e-bikes that can be found in the borough, so that you don’t have to… The future has arrived in Croydon, and the future is green. Lime green. The future … Continue reading

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A bank holiday stroll is the first step in National Walking Month

Enjoying Croydon’s parks and open spaces, spending quality time with family and friends, tackling air pollution and feeling healthier are a few of the benefits residents can enjoy during National Walking Month in May. People are being encouraged to walk … Continue reading

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Artists open their doors to show off a vivid picture Palace

The first Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House event started yesterday. KEN TOWL went along to see what it has to offer One hundred and fifty years ago, Camille Pissarro lived on Westow Hill, finding beauty in the ordinary streets around … Continue reading

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READER OFFER: Step out on our next guided ramble, May 18

Places are now open for Inside Croydon’s latest guided walk, in and around our bit of south London, and to be held on Saturday, May 18. Ken Towl, our non-resident rambler, will again be leading the way as we explore … Continue reading

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A gentle amble across two hemispheres, and a giant mystery

WANDLE WANDERER: After the first Inside Croydon guided walk, editor STEVEN DOWNES rambles on more than usual (if that were possible) What is it? A simple enough question, but one that none of our number could answer. Perhaps 12-foot across, … Continue reading

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More savour-me-slowly than kiss-me-quick at Bauhaus-on-Sea

KEN TOWL’s been on his travels again, discovering a potential excursion to… Bexhill With a cluster of bank holidays approaching, and the weather, tentatively, getting warmer, it is time to start planning a trip or, as Chaucer put it in … Continue reading

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READER OFFER: Save £5 on tickets for Elgar’s ‘Kingdom’

In the latest exclusive offer for Inside Croydon supporters, and thanks to the Croydon Bach Choir, Patrons can get £5 off the adult ticket price for the choir’s next concert, a performance of Sir Edward Elgar’s The Kingdom on April … Continue reading

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READER OFFER: Join us at the Observatory and see the stars

Fifty years since man first stepped on to the moon, and Inside Croydon’s intrepid explorers are invited to join us for an evening of star gazing at Kenley Observatory on Saturday March 16. We are delighted to be teaming up with … Continue reading

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BINMAGEDDON!: The six-month saga to get one bin changed

CROYDON COMMENTARY: We appear to have a new version of the ‘how many people does it take to change a light-bulb’ gag here in Croydon… Only this one, inevitably, involves the bins. From the recent experience of KEN TOWL, pictured, … Continue reading

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Turkish flavours provide some added spice on the high street

Good service, tasty coffee, delicious cakes and great bread. KEN TOWL discovered there’s plenty to enjoy in the newest shop in Addiscombe I sit drinking a Turkish coffee while Ilyas serves a customer, a Glaswegian, if my accent-detector is tuned … Continue reading

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Turf’s reflections on Croydon tend to mirror another reality

KEN TOWL reflects on an exhibition which appears to show that Croydon is often better at playing other locations than playing itself… Turf Projects’ latest exhibition (open until March 2) is Harold Offeh’s “Croydon Plays Itself”. The title makes reference … Continue reading

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Board games cafe Ludoquist has found a winning formula

The game’s up for KEN TOWL, who after trying to Monopoly-se a weekend night out, at first didn’t have a Cluedo where to go, but went on a Trivial Pursuit for a new venue and after a final roll of … Continue reading

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