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Area Guide

Croydon

A guide to the local economy, industry and commercial property

A large town, nine miles south of Central London, Croydon is a significant commercial district. Historically a market town located in Surrey, Croydon later expanded and became a centre for charcoal production, leather tanning and brewing. The world’s first public railway connected Croydon to Wandsworth in 1803 and as the railways developed Croydon later became a leading commuter town and an area of industrial importance.

The retailing and service industries later took over from manufacturing and in the 1960s massive redevelopment saw the building of office blocks, a theatre complex and one of the largest shopping centres in the south.

Today Croydon remains a large densely populated location. The arrival of the tramline in 2000 and regeneration are set to bring new flats and further residential towers such as the Saffron Square tower along with events destination Broxpark Croydon and the planned Westfield mall, Croydon’s fortunes are looking up.

With fast links to central London and affordable prices, commercial property in Croydon is readily available. Offices to rent in Croydon and land to buy in Croydon can be found if you know where to look. Warehouses to rent in Croydon are less readily available than shops to rent in Croydon but as redevelopment continues there will be more opportunity for commercial property investment.

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