Croydon, located in the greater London area and a borough of London, is a modern economic hub, but has features that many such modern hubs may lack; deep roots into a vibrant past, and a continued sense of identity. Croydon began its expansion in the middle ages as a medieval marketplace, and later on played an important role as a hub in the British Industrial Revolution. Originally a part of Surrey, Croydon remained an important Industrial hub well into the 20th century, and in no way has lost any of its vibrancy. If anything, this city of the future, with deep roots in the past, is expected to continue its growth and identity well into the 21st century.
Given its location in the greater London area, Croydon is home to many who commute, often via its extensive rail system, into London for work. Also at home here is an outstanding bus system, even by the standards of the UK and the Continent. Not surprisingly, Croydon is home to an excellent array of shops and boutiques for the busy London professional. Aside from the shopping and ease of living, Croydon appreciates both finer culture and common entertainment. Home to Fairfield Halls, Croydon hosts a plethora of recordings and concerts, including many classical UK and Continental troupes. Other theaters are known for their comedy, neophyte writing, and overall appreciation and preservation of the literary arts. Croydon is also a welcome home to various rock and modern alternative scenes, including a musical fusion of Caribbean and British styling, something of a synthesis of the musical heart of the two cultures, which have shared a history to some extent for several centuries.
While in Croydon, one should also deeply imbibe the centuries of local history housed at the Museum of Croydon, which also will house a variety of temporary exhibits from around the world, perhaps underscoring the now international vibrancy that meshes nicely with the local ambiance. As with other London Boroughs, Croydon is home to a variety of parks and open spaces, dedicated to outdoor play and to the preservation of the UK's natural resources. Many are family friendly, and contain playgrounds for the kids to enjoy themselves, while the parents are free to book many parks for a festive family occasion. Before one leaves, be sure to sample the panoply of cuisine, from British pub food to all variety of international fare.
While one things of London predominantly as a modern, bustling city of glass and steel, it does contain gems such as Croydon, and they should be appreciated for their ease and accoutrements.
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