Costa Del Croydon! Rooftop Beach Coming To South London Car Park

Last Updated 15 June 2024

Costa Del Croydon! Rooftop Beach Coming To South London Car Park

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The Centrale Shopping centre and palm trees on a beach
At last! Croydon becomes the tourist destination it's always hankered to be. Image: Londonist/Maarten van den Heuvel via Unsplash

In the 1970s, Croydonians went around wearing mildly ironic 'Costa del Croydon' t shirts, sold by the Croydon Advertiser — a nod to the Croydon Chamber of Commerce's motion to turn the town into a tourist resort.

This summer, that prophecy is finally fulfilled, as a Costa Del Croydon 'beach' arrives on the rooftop of the Centrale shopping mall's multi-storey car park in the town centre. From 1-28 August visitors will be invited to 'feel the sand between their toes' courtesy of a giant sandpit, cosy beach hut seats, bungee trampolines and a water splash zone.

The Costa Del Croydon — which will be open seven days a week throughout August — promises to bring the seaside spirit to Croydon with dance workshops, hook-a-duck, mini go karts, table tennis and bingo. Every Tuesday, Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) will host a community day, for which local groups can apply to showcase their talents and performances.

Pier-side treats like ice creams, candy floss and doughnuts will be joined by halal Indian cuisine, and cocktails from Thirst Trap. It's free to access the rooftop, although certain activities are paid-for.

Anyway, south Londoners — no need to catch the train to Brighton, or a hop a Gatwick plane to Majorca. This is the Summer of Croydon.

Costa del Croydon, Centrale, 1-28 August 2024, free