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Old August 16th, 2009, 06:58 PM   #1
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Croydon. London that we don't know

Croydon is one of the boroughs of Greater London located far in the South. It is hardly an eye-candy but I do feel a level of admiration to it due to the unique distinctiveness of urban planning and ideas. It many senses it is a very unique and "not Londonish" part of London with a wide avenue, highrise buildings (albeit, gritty and very 70s-ish) and not least... a tramway

If you want to feel the distinctive 70's spirit in London then it's the place to go.

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In order to take photos of Croydon it is a good idea to get there first (how smart). It can be done either by direct train (if you're traveling from Central London) OR, if you're after some fun, you can do it by Tramway from Wimbledon... The only system of tramways in Greater London serves Croydon and surrounding areas connecting them to Wimbledon which is one of the major suburban centres of South/SW London. A very cool and funky mean of public transport. Fast and comfortable too... and what an acceleration! It goes as fast as 80km/h and gets to this speed in no time (it's like riding a sports-car )! In the photo you can see the speedometer bar at 70km/h
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Next to some gritty council-house-like estates a new construction is taking place. Despite its somewhat gritty and bad image Croydon seems to be a rather trendy new area. Perhaps not least due to good transport connections and shopping options (there are quite a few massive shopping malls nearby including IKEA and many others)
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Lovely buildings... it actually does look like ghetto in places
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Croydon is not less of a suburb than Wimbledon or other "typical" suburban areas of London. It looks completely different than anything else in Greater London though. Relatively vast open public areas, wide pedestrian sidewalks, squares and generally open feeling as opposed to claustrophobic narrow streets and sidewalks pretty much all over Greater London. It does have its positive sides
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Underground pedestrian crossing. I much prefer overground pedestrian bridges though... there are quite a few reasons for that one of them being the bad smell of urine in such underground places (and, believe me, that is the case in London)
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Old August 16th, 2009, 07:10 PM   #2
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Seems to be a nice place. I like the buildings in photos 7 and 8. Thanks for the photos.
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Old August 16th, 2009, 07:11 PM   #3
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nestle UK headquarters are located in Croydon (along with some other companies)
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The tram ads some character and liveliness to otherwise dull urban environment
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Could this not be a downtown of some less-exciting mid-sized American city?
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There are quite a few reasonably good looking modern facades... seemingly many more are coming with a massive redevelopment project around the train station
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Old August 16th, 2009, 07:13 PM   #4
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Could that actually be London?!
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These guys were extremely keen of getting into picture. Why not? Here they are
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Area near the train station
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Gatwick Express train going towards Gatwick Airport
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A very interesting building next to East Croydon train station
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Croydon is an intensive railway hub with trains departing to Gatwick Airport, Brighton and many other major destinations South from London
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One of the new projects coming up
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Trams terminate at a temporary stop due to some major engineering works taking place near the East Croydon station
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more coming...

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Old August 16th, 2009, 07:14 PM   #5
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Ugly & souless (though with some interesting buildings - ie that white octagonal tower) but I do like the wide roads really miss them in central London.
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Old August 16th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #6
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^hehe

Interesting pics. Croydon has a lot of potential.

Btw, the guy in the blue shirt looks like Ewan McGregor.
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Old August 16th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #7
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Highstreet
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Bus and tram lane
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Railway tracks towards Sutton
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Advert of Lithuanian beer "Svyturys" in some local "Eastern European Food" shop... it is available in larger Tescos as well. It is a reasonably good beer which is surely of a better quality than Fosters, Carlsberg, Carling and the likes but falls short in terms of quality to compete with Budvar, Pilsner Urquell and similar high-quality imported lagers
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Old August 16th, 2009, 09:21 PM   #8
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Bulgaria
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Old and new blends in well... in this photo... literally
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Old August 16th, 2009, 09:41 PM   #9
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A filthy looking pub. Not sure if it was open though
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Old August 16th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #10
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Tramway flyover. It looks (and is) quite steep
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Tracks towards West Croydon railway station
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Thanks for showing the non-touristic areas of London.
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The same construction as in the first photo from far away
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Polish shop
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Streetscape with tram rails
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This is all I wanted to share. Thanks all!
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Old August 16th, 2009, 10:11 PM   #13
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Hey, awesome pictures! Are you a professional photographer or something? Or is it just a camera?

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Old August 16th, 2009, 10:31 PM   #14
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Quote:
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Hey, awesome pictures! Are you a professional photographer or something? Or is it just a camera?



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Oh no, I'm not a professional... and my camera is very modest too... and old... and even automatic focus doesn't work so great anymore ).
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Old August 16th, 2009, 11:23 PM   #15
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If you live in London, Pansori, keep photos coming. You really capture that kind of «street by street» photos. They're good, really.
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