Monday 18 March 2019

Let's draw Croydon - Saturday 27th April 2019

In April we meet to sketch in Croydon. We’ll start near the main entrance to East Croydon station, where there are lots of new developments and some great examples of Brutalist architecture. In the afternoon we will walk along to the shopping area, looking at some of the older buildings in the town. Matthews Yard, a café in the street of the same name, have kindly offered to host us at the end of the day so we have a good place to spread out our sketchbooks.

The day is free of charge, no need to book, just turn up with your art kit. If you have one, a sketching stool could be handy for some of the locations.

The entrance to Boxpark next to East Croydon station

Key times and meeting points for the day

11 am: Meet at the entrance to Boxpark, next to the main entrance of East Croydon Station on George Street.

1 pm: Meet back at the Boxpark entrance to look at sketches made so far. (We can move inside if there is rain)

3.30pm: Meet at the Matthews Yard cafe, on Matthews Yard, about halfway along Surrey Street.

Anyone who has time is welcome to have coffee and chat at the café afterwards. There is also a pub, The Dog and Bull, close by in Surrey Street. 

Matthews Yard is just off Surrey Street in the Old Town
Options for drawing

One Croydon
Croydon has a wealth of architectural heritage, ranging from old Almshouses to many examples of Brutalist buildings, including the landmark 'One Croydon' designed by Richard Seifert. Currently there are a large number of building developments so lots of concrete and cranes.  

Croydon Town Hall and Clocktower
The Victorian Town Hall stands beside the Clocktower, an arts and museum complex.The museum contains a drawing by Malcolm McClaren who attended the art college in the town.

Surrey Street Market
The bustling market in Surrey Street is a great place to draw people.

The Whitgift Almshouses
The view along Wellesley Road
The Old Water Pumping Station, Matthews Yard, off Surrey Street Market.

Wet weather options include Croydon Museum at the Clocktower and inside the shopping centres. There is an interesting Contemporary Art Galley called ‘Turf Projects’ in the Whitgift Shopping Centre.

Practical Information
The nearest station is East Croydon which has good transport links including frequent services to Victoria and London Bridge plus a number of Thameslink services. This is the link to the National Rail website for more information -  National Rail

There are plenty of places to eat at Boxpark and in the town centre. Toilets at Boxpark and in the shopping centres.

The day is run by Lis Watkins and Jo Dungey.



  1. Thanks for putting all this together....I had been looking forward to this as I have never been to Croydon and both my mother and mother-in-law grew up there. However I now have a conflicting family event, but this info will be very helpful when I visit Croydon later in the summer

  2. Any thoughts on the nearest parking as I will be driving in from Berkshire ?

  3. There is ample multi storey parking in the Whitgift Shopping Centre, a five minute walk to East Croydon station


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