Category Archives: Boxpark

Boxpark terrace bar greets summer with Caribbean flavours

Big Mike’s Rooftop BBQ returns this Sunday, June 19, to kick off a summer of good vibes and great food on the terrace at Boxpark Croydon. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen’s food and delicious cocktails served on the terrace were one … Continue reading

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Boxpark founder Wade to step down as business boss

Roger Wade, the founder of Boxpark, has announced he is to step down as chief executive of the business at the end of next month. The decision to step back from the business he founded 10 years ago, with Boozepark … Continue reading

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Boxpark’s £3m+ in council loans and grants under Newman

CROYDON IN CRISIS: While benefits to the borough’s most vulnerable are being cut, pools are being shut down and public services axed, the council has continued to hand out a juicy annual grant to a multi-million-pound business. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN … Continue reading

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Trump-like far-right create covid dangers on Croydon march

Boxpark was the starting point on Saturday for a march organised by QAnon-style conspiracy theorists who bullied members of the public queuing to get their booster jab, attacked a council covid testing stall and intimidated staff in the Whitgift Centre. … Continue reading

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Boxpark boss wants to take on Whitgift Centre redevelopment

Our retailing correspondent, MT WALLETTE, on the latest opportunistic comments from a business owner who claims a ‘track record’ of handling the local council The entrepreneur behind Boxpark claims that he is ready to step in and take over the … Continue reading

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End of an era as Cronx Brewery opts to close its Boxpark bar

The Cronx Brewery is quitting Boozepark. The New Addington-based brewers have rented a double unit at the council-subsidised food and drinks shed next to East Croydon Station since it opened five years ago. Getting a young business so closely associated … Continue reading

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This latest sports bar hits it out of the park for a night out

Baseball provides the latest sporting theme for a bar at Boxpark. Going in to bat for Inside Croydon was SANJANA IDNANI, who weighs up whether the concept is three strikes and out, or a home run Sluggers is an exhilarating … Continue reading

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Where Mummy knows best: taste of Egypt comes to Boxpark

When SANJANA IDNANI heard that there was a new restaurant in town offering the best of Egyptian street food, she went along to find out more and, naturally, she took her Mum(my) A trip to Cairo might not be on … Continue reading

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Celebrate July 4 with a free rum punch at Big Mike’s Lime

Celebrate American Independence Day at Big Mike’s Rooftop Lime this Sunday, July 4, with a free rum punch – and give yourself the chance of a holiday of a lifetime, too. Big Mike’s Rooftop Lime hits the Boxpark Terrace, open … Continue reading

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The axeman cometh: the latest (really) bad idea for Boxpark

Croydon is about to get its first axe-throwing bar at Boozepark. That’s right: a bar, selling booze, next to East Croydon Station, providing axes to its customers as a form of recreation. In central Croydon, a place already with a … Continue reading

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Rooftop Lime at Boxpark offers Barbados dream holiday prize

A Caribbean barbeque is coming to Croydon most summer Sundays, starting next month – and everyone who takes part will have the chance of winning a holiday of a lifetime Big Mike’s Rooftop Lime hits Boxpark next month. Boxpark is … Continue reading

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The highs and lows of starting a business in the pandemic

UNDER THE FLYOVER: In the latest episode of Inside Croydon’s podcast strand, ELLA HOPKINS interviews Mike Springer, the founder of Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen, about how the Croydon community helped to save his fledgeling business in the middle of the … Continue reading

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READER OFFER: 10% off food collections at Calypso Kitchen

Inside Croydon readers can get 10 per cent off their orders for collections from Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen for the next month, and enjoy the totally tropical taste of the award-winning chef’s food. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen at Boxpark is … Continue reading

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Chocolate eggs giveaway as Big Mike cooks up Easter

A community-minded restaurant is giving away 200 chocolate Easter eggs this Saturday, as Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen gears up to finally be able to open for guests later next month. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen moved in to premises at Boxpark … Continue reading

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Indulge your mum this weekend – and help feed the homeless

A Caribbean restaurant based in East Croydon is offering to provide a free meal for homeless charity Croydon Nightwatch with every three-course meal for two ordered for collection or delivery over this coming Mother’s Day weekend. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen … Continue reading

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Armageddon! Boxpark predicts 50% businesses won’t survive

KEN LEE reports on how one heavily subsidised private landlord in the town centre is now lobbying for yet more public funding Half of Croydon’s retail and hospitality businesses won’t survive the coronavirus lockdown, according to Roger Wade, the owner … Continue reading

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Negrini draws ridicule for her £81 On The Buses guided tour

Hold very tight please! Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, is ready to be taken for a ride around Croydon town centre, all in the name of a good cause Croydon’s beleaguered £220,000 per year chief executive has attracted yet more … Continue reading

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Now even MIPIM doesn’t want to hear Negrini on regeneration

Where was the council’s £220,000-plus per year chief executive, Jo Negrini, yesterday? Was she hard at work at her desk in Fisher’s Folly, finding ways to reduce the council’s £879million total borrowing (according to Croydon Council’s own figures) from the … Continue reading

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Interest hike squeezes Brick by Brick’s speculative schemes

The Tory government’s obstinate fixation to drive the country off a Brexit cliff-edge at the end of October is driving down the value of the pound and causing massive problems for industry. Especially in construction – which could mean very … Continue reading

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Unhappy tenants say they’re ready to quit loss-making Boxpark

It’s not been a great week for Boozepark. Then again, nor has it been great for Croydon Council, either, as it was they who provided a £3million loan and more than £400,000 in hand-outs of public money to help get … Continue reading

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Council apprentices to get a pay rise – five years late

The Labour-run council was elected in 2014 on a promise to pay all its staff fairly. Yet some of the council’s least well-paid workers are only catching up now, and as KEN LEE reports, the Town Hall’s job brokerage service … Continue reading

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Sleep Out raises £45,000, but rough sleepers were not welcome

STEVEN DOWNES spent Sunday night speaking to the rough sleepers in the town centre who did not have a roof over the heads It is 10.45pm, and a cold, wintry wind whips along George Street as a handful of people … Continue reading

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The Big Sleep Out, Croydon town centre, Mar 24

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Council pays £53m to buy ‘unloved’ Colonnades centre

The business “brains” at Fisher’s Folly have gone out and splurged £53million of public money to buy the freehold of the “unloved” and rarely visited Colonnades retail and leisure park – just as industry experts are warning that 200 such … Continue reading

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Pollard’s manifesto makes election a question of honesty

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Four years ago, the Conservatives in Croydon demonstrated their contempt for the electorate by not even bothering with a manifesto. This time round, as political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports, what they have produced is simply not very credible … Continue reading

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