Next stop Croydon

According to today's Guardian Brockley-residents will soon have a new reason to head south.

Croydon has unveiled plans to emulate the success of cities like Barcelona, with a radical transformation that according to Will Alsop, the master planner, will: hack back "a forest of car parks" choking the town centre, shut eight-lane highways to through traffic and build a pedestrian-friendly "emerald necklace" of parks.

Removing cars from the pavements? Remodelling traffic systems in favour of the pedestrian? Creating new green spaces? Sounds like a familiar agenda. Although so far, the new developments in Croydon are more like this effort, which doesn't exactly wear its Gaudi influences on its sleeve.

So, until we can all enjoy days out on the East London Line to see Croydon's answer to the Sagrada Familia, what are the best reasons for taking the train south?

We'd like to nominate the wonderful Horniman Museum and the slightly forlorn dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park, for whom the march of paleontology has not been kind.

What are your recommendations?


Anonymous said...

What about the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Catford cat?

Anonymous said...

The Chislehurst caves are well woth a visit/

Anonymous said...

I wholeheartedly agree with the Chislehurst Caves. I'd also like to recommend the O2 - its a brilliant addition to SE London, and the mudchute city farm (although that is more east than south.

Hugh said...

Getting further from Catford.

leenewham said...

I agree with Hugh!

Crystal palace park in general is a real treasure. The Crystal Palace Museum is really nice and the staff are great and passonate about the history of the area. Well worth going to.

Brockley Jon said...

Crystal Palace for the little bricabrac market, and some of the great restaurants and pubs, including the newly nice White Hart.

Also, Scadbury Park Nature Reserve down by Petts Wood is pretty cool.

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