26 March 2021/ Area guides

Office Leasing Guide: Croydon

Offices to rent in Croydon

Once one of London's most deprived areas, today Croydon is a busy borough with a rich local history and cutting-edge arts and music scene. Croydon has a surprisingly rich history. Built on the ancient Roman London to Brighton Way, evidence of a Roman Villa, Bronze and Iron Age settlements have been found in the area. The borough was then part of the estate of the Archbishop of Canterbury for several centuries before growing into a thriving market town. In 1803, Croydon became the location of the world's first public railway, which ran between Croydon and Wandsworth. In between the wars, it was home to Croydon Airport, London's first international airport.

Croydon's main industries are technology, construction and retail. Technology, in particular, is a growing sector, with the borough named the fastest growing UK' tech city'. But with one of the largest commercial areas outside Central London — packed with shops, law offices, banks, and restaurants — Croydon is better known for its growing number of small and medium-sized businesses and startups.

More than £5.2 billion is being invested in the borough as part of an ambitious redevelopment program that will see around 230,000 new jobs created, a new train station built and 2.8 million square feet of office space created over the next few years, making Croydon a great place to consider living and working.

Increasingly a cultural hotspot too, Croydon is set to be the London Borough of Culture in 2023 and in receipt of £1.35 million in funding to showcase the local arts scene and heritage. Formerly known as Croydon College, Croydon University Centre offers degrees validated by the University of Roehampton. The borough is also known for its council-run apprenticeship scheme and a high number of available apprenticeships.

If you're interested in discovering more about working and living in Croydon, read on!

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Notable business areas in Croydon

Croydon has plenty of office space available to rent at prices which are much more affordable than you'll find in Central London. The centre of the borough is a dedicated Business Improvement District, and BID has invested millions in developing the whole area since 2007.

Notable office buildings are clustered around East Croydon train station. They include Interchange, home to businesses like EDF Energy and Siemens. The 68-storey Lansdowne Building has furnished office space and co-working spaces. Knollys and Stephenson House is home to American Express and Zurich.

TMRW is a technology hub on the high street, with offices, co-working spaces, meeting rooms, and event spaces. There's also an Easyhub close to the station too where you can rent an office or work desk.

On the A23, Purley Way is a logistics and distribution hub home to major businesses like IKEA and Amazon. With the current boom in online shopping, this area is slated for further development over the next few years.

Offices, serviced offices and shared workspaces in Croydon

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Getting around Croydon

Croydon has excellent road links

The busy A23 southbound links Croydon to the M23 and the M25 ring road. Heading northbound on the A23, you can reach South London in around 40 minutes.

Croydon is minutes from the UK's busiest airport

Several trains depart from East Croydon train station for Gatwick Airport each hour, and the journey takes 15 minutes. London City, London Luton, and London Stansted airports are all easily accessible by train. Driving to Heathrow takes around 40 minutes.

Croydon has three train stations connecting it to London

East Croydon is one of the busiest stations outside London with regular trains to London Victoria, London Bridge, Gatwick Airport, and Brighton. From West Croydon, you can also get into London via suburban stations as well as to Guilford, Dorking and Epsom Downs. South Croydon station is on the Brighton line.

Buses and trams are good for getting around locally

Buses and trams serve local destinations. The Tramlink runs all the way to Wimbledon in South London and to Beckenham Junction in the other direction.

Biking around Croydon is getting easier

Although busy with traffic, it is slowly getting easier to cycle around Croydon, with local cycling campaigners pushing for funding for cycle lanes.

Croydon has excellent amenities

There are several good hotels in the vicinity

Croydon's proximity to Gatwick Airport means there's a good selection of hotels in the area, with prices lower than they would be closer to Central London. If you're driving, the best choice is arguably the Hilton London Croydon close to the A23. With all the standard features of a Hilton hotel, you can make use of a business centre and decent restaurant and lounge.

Another hotel close to the A23 is the London Croydon Aerodrome Hotel which, in a 1920s building, has slightly more character. There's a restaurant, bar and 24-hour reception and room service. One of the most convenient hotel options in Croydon is the Travelodge, which has budget rooms and is just a four-minute walk from East Croydon train station along George Street.  

Croydon's food scene is vibrant and varied

You can find lots of different choices for food in Croydon, from Vietnamese to Italian, as well as a good selection of Indian restaurants. For a quick lunch on the run, visit Boxpark, where repurposed shipping containers have been turned into street food stalls. Here, you can sample a different global cuisine every day of the week.

If you like to grab a coffee in the morning, head to The Breakfast Club, Matthews Yard or Smoothbean by East Croydon Station. For a nice meal with a client, you could opt for Galucia, a popular tapas bar, or Ponte Nuovo, an upmarket Italian — both of which can be found on the high street.

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You'll find lots of meeting and event spaces for every occasion in Croydon

Whether you're looking for a more intimate space, like Project B, or a larger area with lots of great history, like the Festival Suite, you'll be sure to find a venue to suit your needs in Croydon. TMRW also has a vibrant and adaptable event space where you can host anything from a team meeting, workshop or even a music night for the team.

There's lots to do after work in Croydon

When it's time to relax, Fairfield Halls is the place to go to catch a gig, live performance or play. If you like to keep fit, there's Nuffield Health and Fitness on Surrey Street, which offers discounted corporate memberships.

Offices, serviced offices and shared workspaces in Croydon

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Key agents

  • Avison Young
  • Levy Real Estate
  • Jackson Criss
  • Montagu Evans
  • Savills
  • Colliers International
  • NewFlex Ltd
  • Mann Smith Commercial
  • Sinclair Clark

Notable tenants

  • Superdrug
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • The Body Shop
  • Home Office Digital
  • Amazon
  • Ikea

Interesting facts about Croydon

  • Six archbishops of Canterbury are buried at the Church of St Mary's in Addington, formerly Addington Palace.
  • Croydon Airport was the first international airport in the UK and home to the world's first-ever air traffic control tower.
  • An episode of the cult TV show Black Mirror was filmed in Croydon.