This month, Croydon’s cool credentials will get another boost courtesy of a new Street Art Tour and Bottomless Lunch event organised by East Croydon Cool.
With an eye watering £5.25 billion being spent on regenerating London’s southernmost Borough, Croydon is fast becoming one of the Capital’s coolest new neighbourhoods.
The arrival of Boxpark, the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls, the confirmation of a Westfield shopping centre, a Cultural Partnership Fund to encourage more theatre, art and music, and a street art scene to rival East London, have all helped contribute towards record numbers of new residential developments and a growing young Croydon population.
East Croydon Cool was set up in March 2017 to show newcomers why Croydon and cool belong together. The website and social media channels help residents and visitors to make the most of the huge range of bars, cafes, pubs, restaurants, galleries, night spots, shops and events the area has to offer.
The event will begin with a tour of the Arts Quarter. This vibrant graffiti and public art hotspot was set up by RISEgallery three years ago, and has helped cement Croydon’s position as the new home of street art. Incorporating 60 locations across town at which artists from around the world come to paint, the one-hour walking tour will include history on how the Arts Quarter came about, an introduction to some of the pieces and their artists and will also give attendees the opportunity to leave their own mark on Croydon.
Having completed the tour, attendees will return to the gallery for a glass of fizz and look at the current exhibition before heading to Crushed Bean to enjoy a bottomless lunch amongst new friends.
Located on the High Street, Crushed Bean is a small but perfectly formed café serving coffee, cakes and a daily changing menu focused on vegetarian and vegan dishes. Taking over the downstairs area, light lunch for the group will be served alongside bottomless prosecco or white wine.
Tickets for this event cost £35 per person and include a one-hour street art tour, glass of fizz and gallery viewing, a light lunch and free flowing booze for 1.5 hours. To secure your spot, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/street-art-tour-and-bottomless-lunch-tickets-47396461091.