Croydon Strategically placed between London and Gatwick, Croydon has excellent rail links to the capital. As well as boasting one of the most extensive shopping centres outside London's West End, the area's Surrey Street Market has traded since 1276 and is the oldest in the country.Culturally, Croydon caters for every age and taste. Visit Fairfield Halls with its art gallery, concert hall and theatre or the award-winning Clocktower that includes one of the most modern libraries in the world, a cinema and three galleries. Golfers flock to Croydon to make use of its nine major courses. The borough also plays host to its own carnival week, held in June of each year.