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17 Struggles You’ll Only Understand If You Live In Croydon

Don’t say "Croydon facelift" to me.

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1. Not really knowing if you live in Surrey or South London.

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Your answer tends to change depending on how you feel at the time.

2. Nearly getting hit by a tram after a night out.

I swear those things come out of nowhere.
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I swear those things come out of nowhere.

3. Mourning the closing of The Black Sheep Bar, Yates, And Tiger Tiger.

Thanks for the memories, old friend.
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Thanks for the memories, old friend.

4. Falling asleep on a train from London to East Croydon and running the risk of waking up in Brighton.

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5. Embracing the N68 bus.

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Which obviously includes falling asleep as soon as you finish your delicious fried chicken meal and missing your stop.

6. When people spell Croydon as "Croyden".

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Don't you ever do that again.

7. Answering to any criticism of Croydon with "Westfield Is coming soon!"

Yeah, that will show them. I bet we’ll even get an underground station. They’ll see.
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Yeah, that will show them. I bet we’ll even get an underground station. They’ll see.

8. Walking past riot damage several years after it happened and wondering if it will ever be restored.

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9. Having friends north of the river moan about you living "so far away".

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As if 20 minutes on a train from London Victoria will kill them.

10. Putting on your best RP voice before saying where you live.

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That will teach them for judging a book by its Croydon-based cover.

11. Hating the Allders replacement.

Initially dubbed the "Harrods of the South East," the Croydon Village Outlet is no Allders. Allders, we miss you.
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Initially dubbed the "Harrods of the South East," the Croydon Village Outlet is no Allders. Allders, we miss you.

12. And having fond memories of the Big Apple record store.

Whilst ensuring every music fan you come across knows that CROYDON WAS THE BIRTH PLACE OF DUBSTEP.
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Whilst ensuring every music fan you come across knows that CROYDON WAS THE BIRTH PLACE OF DUBSTEP.

13. Reading one-of-a-kind headlines.

14. Being annoyed when a French newspaper called Croydon 'monotonous'.

OK then.

15. Witnessing the most colourful characters on the high street.

So a crazy old lady glued her bum to debenhams in Croydon... I think the police were a bit confused. #Croydon #wtf

16. Finding the term "Croydon facelift" annoyingly old.

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I HAVE NEVER HEARD THAT JOKE BEFORE.

17. But despite all the banter we have to deal with, we're pretty secure in ourselves.

We did give you two of the most beautiful people on the planet, after all.
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We did give you two of the most beautiful people on the planet, after all.