Lying in northeast Surrey, Croydon is a major commercial centre and the principal settlement of the London Borough of Croydon.
Recorded as Croindene in the Domesday Book in 1086, Croydon developed during the Middle Ages as a market town and, with the help of the Surrey Iron Railway, subsequently grew into a commuter town for the City of London and beyond.
In the early 20th century Croydon was a prominent industrial area, and in the mid 20th century the retailing and service economy took over following major redevelopment.
In 1965 Croydon was amalgamated into Greater London and has since developed into the second-largest shopping area in the south east. The town is also London's third main CBD and South London's main business centre.
Croydon has several venues for arts, comedy and community events. The town also has a thriving rock scene and plays host to the filming of some popular TV shows.
Read more about Croydon in the About Croydon section.