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Croydon's Centrale - what's in a name?

Centrale in Croydon, south London, once known as The Drummond Centre and Drummond Place, is one of the largest covered retail developments in the capital. It opened in 2004, and it's now a Mecca for shoppers looking for that special something, either for themselves or for others. It's easy to get to thanks to the adjacent Tramlink stop.

Whitgift for gifts

If you can't, somehow, find whatever your heart desires in Centrale, don't panic, because opposite it is another retail area - the Whitgift Centre, which is named after John Whitgift, a former Archbishop of Canterbury. It's older and, believe it or not, appeared in the opening titles of the 1970s sitcom Terry and June. Plans are now afoot to combine the two centres, creating a shopper's paradise in the process.

Croydon's green and pleasant lands

Croydon may have a reputation for being a concrete jungle, but there are plenty of green places in which to escape from the suburban sprawl. Check out Wandle Park, which has amenities for families, as well as such facilities as tennis and basketball courts and a skate park. If none of those appeal, simply go and feed the ducks while meandering along the River Wandle, which winds through the scenery.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Centrale? Try Travelodge Croydon Central Hotel, Travelodge London South Croydon Hotel and Travelodge London Crystal Palace Hotel.