What makes Croydon special is our people – both within the council and throughout the borough. Our diverse population makes Croydon a thriving cultural hub, it also makes it a truly unique environment in which to work and practice social work.
Croydon is redefining life on the edge of London. Just 15 minutes from both central London and Gatwick Airport, and where the city meets the country, its £5.25 billion regeneration programme is the largest in London, expected to create 23,594 new jobs and over 10,000 new homes.
Culture is at the heart of regeneration in Croydon. The area has energy and attitude in its statement street art, iconic 1960s town centre architecture and its rich music history as the birthplace of punk and grime.
It also enjoys world-class choral performances at Croydon Minster, a range of festivals, and beautiful parks and woodland. A multi-million pound makeover of Fairfield Halls is creating a new world-class arts centre, opening September 2019.
The place for foodies, Croydon has a huge range of eateries to tempt every palate. The traditional London atmosphere of Surrey Street Market, dating back to 1276, contrasts with the popular Boxpark Croydon, which opened in 2016, offering a range of bars and stalls along with over 200 events each year.
The proposed £1.4 billion redevelopment of the Whitgift Shopping Centre by Croydon Partnership – a joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson – will bring over 300 shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.
Croydon is incredibly proud to be home to more young people than anywhere else in the capital, with 32% of the population under 25, including 93,000 under-18s. We want them to be healthy, happy and safe, and to play an active role in our borough’s future. Our award-winning Choose Your Future campaign celebrates all our young people and their positive choices.