Best Restaurant: Bagatti’s (56-58 South End) offers a huge variety of Italian food and is ideal for an informal business lunch, a meeting place, a break from shopping, or as a place to indulge!
Best Shopping: The Whitgift has over 140 leading retailers and 30 independent shops, from H&M to Swarovski, all under one roof.
Best Kept Secret: The Glamorgan Pub serves traditional pub dishes but also specialises in foods such as ostrich, crocodile, and wild boar.
One of London’s underestimated destinations, Croydon can be a hotspot of culture, performance, and great food. Located south of the Thames, the area is home to a variety of excellent bars, clubs, and live entertainment venues, as well as range of shops and restaurants. Croydon is also just a short journey away from a myriad of enjoyable days out, from laser quest to central London attractions. Browse the guide below to discover the best things to do in and around Croydon.
Opened by the Queen Mother in 1962, Fairfield Halls has been the cultural heartbeat of Croydon for over 50 years. The Halls consist of three buildings – the Concert Hall is the biggest, and can host almost 1800 people in its elegantly decorated auditorium. The Hall offers internationally renowned acoustics and a set list to match, with outstanding names such as Don McLean, Dawn French and David Hasselhoff on the roster.
Fairfield Halls is also home to The Terrace Restaurant, which has a panoramic view of the city, The Foyer Brasserie, and a range bars perfect for a pre- or post-show drink. The Box Office is open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm, and 8pm on show nights. Fairfield Halls is only six minute walk from Jurys Inn Croydon.
The Southbank Centre lies just south of the River Thames, and boasts a reputation for being one of England’s liveliest and most dynamic centres of culture, entertainment, and the arts. Home to performers such as the Philharmonic Orchestra, the venue hosts thousands of artists and musicians every year, ranging from classical music to pop music, dance, literature, and the visual arts, offering visitors a chance to immerse in one of London’s most artistic hubs.
During the summer months, London Wonderground offers a selection of impressive cabaret, circus, and comedy shows, and during winter, one of London’s best Winter Markets covers the Southbank. There’s also a variety of places to enjoy food or drink, including Wagamama, Skylon, and Las Iguanas, as well as stores selling gifts, books, and more. The venue is open from 10am-11pm every day with free entry, and it is 40 minutes by public transport from Jurys Inn Croydon.
The biggest cinema screen in Britain resides at the BFI Imax in London Waterloo, standing at over 20 metres high and 26 metres wide. With a capacity of just under 500, the cinema shows the very latest releases alongside old favourites and a selection of educational films.
The venue also has a Costa Coffee and a Yog, as well as a bar and beer garden, perfect for a drink before or after the screening. The BFI Imax in Waterloo is just under 40 minutes from our hotel in Croydon via public transport.
Laser Quest Croydon provides the opportunity for an exhilarating and action-packed adventure for the whole family. Work through the mazes and labyrinths filled with fog and flashing lights, armed with a state-of-the-art laser gun and body pack, and engage in a sci-fi experience to remember!
From solo games to team battles, Laser Quest Croydon offers a number of game formats all designed to bring maximum enjoyment to those brave enough to enter the fray. The attraction is open from 10am to 9pm Monday to Thursday and Sunday, and to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and pricing depends on the time of your visit. Find Laser Quest a ten minute walk from Jurys Inn Croydon.
InGolf Croydon holds the key to a relaxed afternoon of golf for amateurs and experts alike with its life-like simulators, capable of taking you to any course in the world. Choose from 9 or 18-hole games and compete with your friends and family for bragging rights, or bring your own clubs and have a go on the virtual driving range!
Get feedback on your stroke play instantly with all the technical details you need, including ball speed and club distances, and play golf like the professionals. From only £5 for a thirty minute practice session, InGolf Croydon is the perfect place to enjoy a casual swing. Open from 8am to 9.30pm on weekdays and from 10am to 7.30pm on weekends, InGolf is a ten minute drive from Jurys Inn Croydon.
The London Eye
Towering over England’s capital city at 135 metres tall, the London Eye offers a unique experience with panoramic views of the whole of London from one of the biggest and most recognized Ferris wheels in the world. A symbol of the city, no trip to London is complete without boarding one of its most popular tourist attractions, taking in iconic structures such as The Shard, Tower Bridge, the Gherkin, and the Houses of Parliament, and many more.
The London Eye is open daily with the first rides at 10am and the last varying depending on time of season. Standard tickets include entry to the 4D cinema experience, costing from £19.35. The Eye is situated on the banks of the Thames, 45 minutes from our hotel in Croydon by public transport.
The Royal Observatory
London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich is one of the most historically significant locations in the world. Set up in the late 17th century, it has since been the official starting point of every day, year, and millennium by international ruling. The Observatory also houses the only planetarium in London, affording visually spectacular views of the universe, from our own solar system to galaxies far, far away.
Visitors can grab a bite to eat at the nearby Royal Maritime Museum Café, where they offer freshly baked goods, hot meals, salads, sandwiches, tea, and coffee. The Royal Observatory is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Sunday, and adult tickets cost £9.50. Planetarium tickets are £7.50 for adults, with shows running from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. The Observatory is a 42 minute drive from Jurys Inn Croydon.
Museum of Croydon
The Museum of Croydon gives you an opportunity to become familiar with Croydon’s history as it showcases a range of historical artefacts from the borough’s past. With collections of Chinese ceramics and pottery, and rare articles from Crystal Palace FC, the local football club, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the diverse local history of Croydon.
The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm, and all galleries are free to enter. It is situated just under a ten minute walk from Jurys Inn Croydon.
The RISE Gallery in Croydon houses a collection of modern and contemporary work, from urban contemporary to post-war pop, in an innovative array of outstanding art. With previous exhibitions of the work of Femme Fierce, Damien Hirst and Britain’s own Banksy, the gallery promises exciting and influential showcases all year round.
RISE Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. Entrance is free to the gallery, which is located five minutes by car from our hotel in Croydon.
The most prominent church in the borough, Croydon Minster is a magnificent establishment with roots in the 11th Century. Dedicated to St John the Baptist, the church is medieval in appearance with a perpendicular structure, and bears the arms of archbishops Courtenay and Chicheley. The church’s interior houses a huge stain-glass window and a large pipe organ, giving it a warm and spiritual atmosphere.
Croydon Minster is open daily, except Thursdays, from 10am to 4pm, and 10.30am to 1pm on Saturdays. The Minster is situated a fifteen minute walk from Jurys Inn Croydon.
Central London Museums
A journey into Central London will take you to three of the city’s most renowned museums, all less than a minute’s walk from each other.
The Natural History Museum houses a range of exhibits, from dinosaur fossils to volcano displays, as well as the Waterhouse Gallery and the Wildlife Garden. Grab some food at the Restaurant or one of the many cafes, before visiting one of the three shops for a selection of Natural History souvenirs.
The Science Museum is home to some of the most enjoyable, hands on experiences in London, offering exhibitions relating to the human body, the science of engineering, and the wonders of technology. The gift store provides the perfect place to buy all sorts of fantastic gadgets, toys, and educational items.
The Victoria and Albert Museum stocks several unique collections of architecture, books, ceramics, furniture, fashion, and more. With exhibits dedicated to contemporary and historic art and design, from examples of early printing to rare 17th century items of clothing, the V&A is celebrated for its distinctive displays.
The three museums are all within a few minutes of each other, and around 50 minutes from Jurys Inn Croydon by public transport.
Whitgift Shopping Centre
Croydon’s Whitgift Shopping Centre is the primary shopping destination in the borough. With a huge range of outlets from clothing and fashion to electronics and everything in between, Whitgift is the ideal location for a relaxed day of shopping, eating, and drinking.
The Whitgift is open from 9am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 5pm on Sundays, and is located just five minutes from our hotel in Croydon.
Centrale Shopping Centre
The Centrale in Croydon is the perfect place to spend an afternoon of retail therapy, with a number of high street shops including Aldo, Debenhams, and Sports Direct, as well as several places to grab some food.
The shopping centre is open from 10am on weekdays, 9am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday, and closes at 6.30pm on Mondays to Wednesdays, 8.30pm on Thursday, 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 5pm on Sundays. The Centrale is only a five minute walk from Jurys Inn Croydon.