Interesting facts about Croydon
Croydon was home to one of the world’s first commercial airports and public railways. Croydon airport was also the first airport to introduce air traffic control. If you like going on tours then you are in luck. Croydon boasts award winning tours which were established by James Naylor who set up alternative Croydon tours which include ghost tours and a peep show tour for the fans of the TV show which was filmed in Croydon. Another landmark in Croydon that has appeared on the big screen is the imposing entrance to Croydon B Power Station, which was doubled as the exterior entrance of the infamous Ministry in Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film, Brazil. Croydon is extremely rich in culture; you’re almost spoilt for choice. Dubstep was created in Croydon; dubstep is a music genre that has a mixture of Jamaican dub, garage and Drum & Bass elements. Croydon also has its own Internet radio station. The Brit school in Selhurst, which was established in 1990, has produced talented artists such as Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash, Leona Lewis and Jessie J. Staying on the music front, Croydon has hosted some of the biggest names in music including The Who, David Bowie, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. Needless to say Croydon loves its music! If you love a good book then you will be interested to know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes, lived in Croydon. Continuing with the celebrity theme, many famous people were born or brought up in Croydon. The illusionist, mentalist and hypnotist Derren Brown, actors Ronnie Corbett and Dave Prowse who is most famously known for playing Darth Vader, the current England football team manager Roy Hodgson and also Jeff Beck. And finally, on a more culinary note, Croydon has a booming restaurant quarter that is turning into South London’s food capital. Food lovers, this is for you! For more information about things to do during your stay in Croydon, click here, or to book your stay at Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome, click here.
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