Is Shirley made for you? Our guide of the area

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Shirley is an area of south London, England, within the London Borough of Croydon. It lies north of Spring Park and Addington, east of Addiscombe, south of Monks Orchard and west of West Wickham, and ten miles south-southeast of Charing Cross. Prior to the creation of Greater London in 1965, Shirley was in the administrative county of Surrey. “

What to do in Shirley

Shirley is full of life and things to do. We suggest looking at Timeout for their weekly Shirley event listings to find local activities. Here’s a convenient link to see their upcoming happenings. Having a good grasp of what’s in Shirley and where helps get situated when moving. Our map compiles property price points and other details from this article to outline what’s available in Shirley.

Some great things about Shirley

At Cozee we looked at elements defining the area like restaurants, nightlife, parks, and more. Whether you’re a foodie or night owl, Shirley has something for you. Check out spots below to get a feel for life in Shirley.

Public houses of Shirley

As Londoners at Cozee, we cherish our weekly visits to the local pub. Why not embrace the same in your new living space? We’ve diligently tested and reviewed all the pubs in Shirley – well, not literally, but we wish we had! Here’s our list of the finest pubs in Shirley.

Pub name Name Address Description
Claret & Ale 5 Bingham Corner, Lower Addiscombe Road Addiscombe CR0 7AA Close to Addiscombe Tram Stop, the Claret & Ale is a small, privately owned friendly free house with a constantly changing selection of cask ales in addition to the popular Palmers IPA. Current and coming beers – often including a second Palmers beer – are indicated on a special board on the wall opposite the bar. The TV screens show a variety of sporting events, usually with the sound muted. Events are held to raise money for charity. The pub has often been the local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year.
Cricketers 47 Shirley Road Addiscombe CR0 7ER The Cricketers was taken over in July 2017 by new leaseholders, who have done a great job in revamping the pub, deep cleaning everything, putting in new flooring and some new furniture and installing six new handpumps. They are starting with three hand pumped beers to revive custom which had dropped away almost completely. This is still a traditional community pub where all are welcome. Real fires will contribute towards the comfortable, lived-in atmosphere in the winter. Live music will be reinstated when custom demands. There are four TVs in the main bar showing different sports; televised sport has always been a great attraction particularly when Crystal Palace matches are televised. Darts is also played competitively in the pub.
Addington Palace Golf Club Gravel Hill Croydon CR0 5BB Founded in 1930.
Alma Tavern 127-129 Lower Addiscombe Road Croydon CR0 6PU The Alma reopened after a short closure due to unforeseen circumstances in May/June 2023. The pub had reopened in January 2022 after having been closed for a couple of years. It has undergone a tasteful refurbishment, with Croydon-related pictures and comfortable furniture. It is a large one-bar pub, with a pool table in a separate area, and a couple of TVs showing sport. The pub now serves a full menu; please check with them for the times that the kitchen is open. Cask ale may occasionally be available.
Anspach & Hobday Tap Room Unit 11, Valley Point Industrial Estate, Beddington Farm Road Croydon CR0 4WP Anspach & Hobday commenced brewing in Croydon early in 2020. The tap room is no longer open each Saturday afternoon but may be opened for special events – check social media for details. The venue is also available to hire for special events, as are their other venues the Arch House and the Pigeon.
Bedford Tavern 16 Sydenham Road Croydon CR0 2EF A small friendly pub, busy from the nearby offices on weekday lunch times and early evenings. Only two cask ales may be available in winter months and three from March. Dogs are welcome outside at weekends only until 7pm. Live music events are usually on Fridays.
Builders Arms 65 Leslie Park Road Croydon CR0 6TP This attractive, detached pub tucked away in East Croydon has two bars with different characteristics. Comfortable seating extends to a pleasant secluded garden at the rear. Both bars have sports TV. Quiz night is on Tuesday and there is occasional live music (mainly cover bands). In the summer, the garden is a hidden gem of Croydon. Three regular beers and one changing beer come from the Fuller’s range. From 26 June 2023 the pub became a tenancy.
Coombe Lodge 104 Coombe Road Croydon CR0 5RB Coombe Lodge is a grade II listed Georgian building, which is probably the most impressive pub structurally in Croydon. A pub only since 1990, it is now operated by Whitbread under their ‘Beefeater’ brand. The left of the building as you face the entrance is the restaurant, and to the right is the large bar, adjoined by a splendid Victorian conservatory. Outside is a large garden. Although only a short distance from the centre of town, Coombe is an almost rural situation, despite the tram and main road passing outside the entrance. The site also has a modern Premier Inn building and large car park but this does not detract from the impressive older house. Breakfast is available earlier than the times shown here (see web site) and bar meals are also available.
Cronx Tap 71 High Street Croydon CR0 1QE New outlet for the Cronx brewery, which opened for the first time on Coronation day. It is a deceptively spacious shop unit with two additional upstairs rooms – one overlooking the bar and another which will be available for hire. Cask ale is now available on two handpumps; a third handpump for a guest ale is planned. Additionally the Cronx range, guest beers, and 4-5 ciders are dispensed from 20 keg taps. Food from Venezuelan pop-up kitchen Tepuy Empanadas is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There are also cult movie film nights on Tuesdays and comedy on the first Friday of each month.
Crown 28 Wickham Road, Shirley Croydon CR0 8BA This Ember Inns pub has a large restaurant area, and specialises in its food options although there is plenty of room for patrons only wishing to drink. There is a large conservatory and a pleasant garden. Up to three cask ales are now normally available. The guest beers change regularly and can come from anywhere in the UK. Note that if you arrive by car between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, you have to purchase a ticket from the machine in the car park; you can reclaim the cost at the bar when you order food or drink.
Dog & Bull 24 Surrey Street Croydon CR0 1RG Historic town centre pub with origins back to the 16th century. The walls carry pictures of mainly local scenes, some of which are of historic Croydon locations. An island bar serves the separate rooms and the walled garden at the rear includes a selection of booths with TV screens; it also features a bar and barbecue in summer months. Food is only seed in the summer months. The upstairs room is currently a games area.
Dog House 14 The Broadway, Plough Lane Croydon CR0 4QR This micropub opened in Beddington in 2022, in premises previously occupied by a dog grooming salon. Light decor and large windows give the pub an airy feel. Pictures on the walls reflect a family boxing connection and the licensee’s love of old comedy films. Normally five cask ales are dispensed by gravity. and up to six ciders are available. There is a quiz usually on alternate Wednesdays (check with pub). There are occasional events such as Morris dancing and the local male voice choir. Rugby is sometimes shown on TV.
Forestdale Arms Forestdale Centre, Featherbed Lane Croydon CR0 9AS Built in the 1960’s as part of the Forestdale development this is a large open-plan pub at the lower end of Selsdon, serving the local estate. Given Asset of Community Value status in 2018. The small shopping centre nearby boasts one of the best fish and chip restaurants for miles.
George 17-21 George Street Croydon CR0 1LA Busy Wetherspoon pub in the town centre with a wide range of beers across seventeen hand-pumps on two separate bars. Many are from smaller breweries. The pub was the CAMRA branch Pub of the Year in 2011, and received Wetherspoon’s Top Real Ale Pub of the Year award in September 2013. Discounted ale prices apply on Mondays (as at time of writing). Alcohol is served on all days from 9am. Counter service at the upper-level bar usually ceases a while before closing time.
Green Dragon 58-60 High Street Croydon CR0 1NA Lively pub near Croydon’s historic market, which is popular with all ages. Up to eight beers are available through the hand-pumps; the range is constantly changing and sometimes includes those from local breweries. It also has eight craft keg lines and serves up to six boxed ciders. A wide variety of music and other events takes place upstairs including a Monday quiz, poker on Tuesdays and ukelele jam sessions on the first and third Sundays.
Harvest Home 27 Beddington Lane Croydon CR0 4TG Traditional pub with one cask ale served. Live music events take place monthly. Food isn’t served, but there is a cafe in the car park open until 3pm, and the pub will allow you to bring in food purchased there. When it’s quite the pub may close earlier than the time shown.
Man on the Moon 112 Headley Drive, New Addington Croydon CR0 0QF Originally the Man in the Moon when built in the 1960s, the pub changed its name in 1969. One of the two bars carries photos and other memorabilia of the moon landing. There is also much which is sports-related including photos and local trophies including darts and tug of war. Children are welcome until 7pm, and the Friday disco is a regular feature.
Market Tavern 1-4 Surrey Street Croydon CR0 1RG Located at the top of the town’s historic street market, this pub is popular with younger drinkers. It is spacious, and the large windows give an open feel.
Old Fox & Hounds 1 London Road Croydon CR0 2RE The exterior of this pub doesn’t appear to have been significantly altered since the mid-19th century. Inside, evidence of the former public and saloon bar layout is visible. It’s a friendly local, containing some interesting memorabilia and handy for West Croydon station.
Orchard 112 Cherry Orchard Road Croydon CR0 6BA A two-bar pub, popular with the local community. Refurbished a few years ago, the pub shows Sky, BT and GAA Sports, and there is occasional entertainment such as karaoke. There is a large outside area at the rear of the pub with a covered smoking area. A function room is available for hire. A church service (organised by Croydon Church in a Pub) is held there on Sundays at 1:30pm followed by a free lunch.
Oval Tavern 131 Oval Road Croydon CR0 6BR Free standing pub with one large room. There is a pleasant garden on the lower level. There are six hand-pumps, and up to four cask ales are usually available. Note that the toilets are downstairs. The Oval is noted for its regular live music (see Facebook and web site) and weekly quiz. On rare occasions the pub closes for private functions (these closures are announced in advance on the pub’s social media and website). On other occasions you may find that some or all of the tables have been reserved.
Pawson’s Arms 69 Pawsons Road Croydon CR0 2QA Community pub, which is busy when Crystal Palace play at home. The pub is now one room, served by a central bar. Two darts boards. The windows show former owners ‘Mann Crossman & Paulin’.
Plough Croydon Road Croydon CR0 4QR A Young’s pub in the centre of Beddington, rebuilt in 1897. The spacious interior is dominated by an oval island bar. There is a large rear patio garden in the former stable yard, and there is a tunnel from the cellar to Carew Manor.
Porter & Sorter Station Road Croydon CR0 6BT This Marston’s pub gets its name from the proximity of East Croydon station and the former Royal Mail depot (now demolished). It is typically busy after 5pm, being affectionately known to station staff as ‘platform seven’. A large island bar dominates one half of the pub, with three handpumps and a range of ‘craft’ taps. The bar leads into a lounge area with curved booths in the corners and a raised dining area.
Randall Tavern Fieldway, New Addington Croydon CR0 9DZ With a regular local customer base, the Randall Tavern is one of only two pubs in New Addington (with the Man on the Moon). It was previously called ‘Bunker’s Knob’, named after the noise made by an 18th century constable walking with a club foot. Fairly spacious inside, with interesting armature-style windows, and some walls in Crystal Palace colours. Background music is played. Cask ale may not be consistently available.
Royal Standard 1 Sheldon Street Croydon CR0 1SS This is a small, friendly traditional back-street pub. Four distinct small drinking areas each have their own character, and there are interesting features in the areas at the back of the pub, including wood panelling and a Fullers brewery mirror, and in the front bar there is a selection of bottles used as candle holders. The garden area is across the road underneath the flyover.
Ruskin House 23 Coombe Road Croydon CR0 1BD The club is a co-operative of members from politically-oriented groups, and has occupied the current building since 1966. It was a venue for earlier CAMRA branch beer festivals. There is an attractive garden, two function rooms and also smaller meeting rooms. The club welcomes new members. At the moment (spring 2023) they are not serving cask ale due to the lack of demand.
Sandilands Club Sandilands Croydon CR0 5DB The Sandilands club is open to members of the various sporting and social clubs which use its facilities, and also to social members of Sandilands itself. The club’s facilities can be hired with or without the bar. Note that the bar’s closing time may vary depending on sport being shown.
Ship 47 High Street Croydon CR0 1QD A rock music oriented pub, with DJs most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and occasional live bands. The pub is popular with the younger generation. Note that when the pub is open until 2am, last entry is at 1am.
Shirley Inn 158 Wickham Road Croydon CR0 8BF This pub is in the heart of the Shirley area of Croydon.

In Shirley, is there a lot of green space?

Big green spaces cover the UK and London. However, it may be hard to work out just how much green space there is by just looking at a map. Here is a table below that shows you the green space of Shirley in more detail.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Jubilee Gardens Belvedere Road, London 4.5 1413
Elm Court 1 Pump Court, London 4.3 6
Middle Temple Gardens 3 Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London 4.7 82
Bernie Spain Gardens South Bank, London 4.4 488
Bloomsbury Square Garden 14 Bloomsbury Square, London 4.3 2017
The Phoenix Garden 21 Stacey Street, London 4.6 461
LGBT Chairs ️‍ Ground Floor, South East Wing, Bush House, 300 Strand, London 5 1
Victoria Embankment Gardens 4 Temple Place, Temple, London N/A N/A
Potnotch Jubilee Market, Tavistock Street, London 5 1
London Memorial Garden Savoy Place, London 3.8 4
Drury Lane Gardens 58 Drury Lane, London 3.9 16
Fountain Court Temple, London 4.6 8
Southbank boardwalk South Bank, Unnamed Road, London 4.8 13
Street Art Skaterpark 337-338 Belvedere Road, London N/A N/A
National Theatre garden terrace South Bank, National Theatre, London N/A N/A
The Diamond Jubilee Penny Maze Henrietta Street, London 5 1
Southbank (River Thames South) Walkpath. Unnamed Road, London 4.8 18
Victoria Embankment Gardens Villiers Street, London 4.6 2523
Diamond Jubilee Garden St Pauls Church, Bedford Street, London 4.4 12
BIG 7 7 Bell Yard, London N/A N/A

What kind of gyms are there in Shirley?

In Shirley, using the public parks is not for everyone. Finding out if you are able to attend a local gym or leisure centre nearby may be a good idea if you are trying to move to the area perhaps for permanent residency.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Oasis Sports Centre 32 Endell Street, London 4.3 788
Virgin Active Shell-Mex House, 80 Strand, London 4.3 299
Gymbox Holborn 100 High Holborn, London 4.3 340
Nuffield Health Covent Garden Fitness and Wellbeing Gym 9 Endell Street, London 4.3 130
Fitness First 6 Bedford Street, London 4.3 345
Yogarise Covent Garden – Yoga classes in Covent Garden, London 13 Mercer Street, London 4.3 62
Jubilee Hall Gym 30 The Piazza, London 4.3 111
Covent Garden Physiotherapy Ground Floor, Durham House, 1 Durham House Street, London 4.3 46
PureGym London Waterloo 11-15 Brad Street, London 4.3 234
Body Control Pilates 35 Little Russell Street, London 4.3 36
The Health Club at One Aldwych One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London 4.3 16
CryoAction Limited 71-75 Shelton Street, London 4.3 1
The Gym Group London Charing Cross 17-21 Northumberland Avenue, London 4.3 227
Fujian White Crane Kung Fu & Tai Chi – Covent Garden & West End Green Dragon House, 23 Stukeley Street, London 4.3 N/A
Digme Fitness Covent Garden 4-10 Tower Street, London 4.3 150
Boom Cycle – Holborn 16 Procter Street, London 4.3 91
The Gym Group London Holborn Circus 1 Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London 4.3 263
Central Health Physiotherapy Quality House, 5-9 Quality Court, London 4.3 299
Tranquility Pilates Studio Ltd 16-18, New Bridge Street, London 4.3 5
ESPA Life at Corinthia Whitehall Place, London 4.3 246

Are there a lot of supermarkets in Shirley?

Grocery shopping is another important activity you will do if you move into the area of Shirley. In the below table, we go over the nearby supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s so you know what the area has to offer for your food shop.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Green Valley Marble Arch, 36-37 Upper Berkeley Street, London 4.1 1359
Tesco Express 90-100 Edgware Road, London 3.6 204
Sainsbury’s Local Moreau House, 112-120 Brompton Road, London 3.5 52
Little Waitrose & Partners 118-120 Brompton Road, London 4.1 307
Sainsbury’s Local 268 Fulham Road, London 3.7 63
Sainsbury’s Local Marble Arch Tower, 1-3 Marble Arch, London 3.8 46
Food And Wine 9 Great Cumberland Place, London 2.4 33
Al Sourie Supermarket LTD 84 Brompton Road, London 3.1 17
Knights Food Fayre 9 Montpelier Street, London 4.4 16

Restaurants

Shirley has a range of different eateries. This is important for someone who is moving to an area who wants to be able to eat out and not cook every day. The below table gives you an overview of what options you have.

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Museums & Galleries in the area

The vitality of a community stems from its residents who live, work, and engage with one another. Exploring an area through art offers a fresh perspective. If you’re considering relocating to Shirley, we highly suggest exploring the local galleries, museums, and cultural establishments. They offer delightful weekend activities and contribute to the vibrant atmosphere of the region.

We weren’t able to find any museum in this area. Tell us in the comments if we were wrong. We’ll amend this page

What type of amenities may you need in Shirley?

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Shirley name before moving in the neighbourhood.

Tube & Train stations in and around Shirley

We assembled the train and tube stations of Shirley in a convenient table below so you can find the best location for you to live if transport connections are important to you.

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Post offices in and around the area of Shirley

Nearby post offices make sending and getting packages easy. In a post office you can do things like exchange currency, post your packages, buy everyday items and even redirect your mail. It is likely you will use one at some point if you were to move in to the area so we have compiled the post offices nearby in a table below so you know if this area is the right place for you.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Post Office Wickham Road 134 Wickham Road, Croydon 2.4 53

Schools in and around the area of Shirley

Having a nearby school is a plus when moving. Below are schools located by Shirley. This table is especially important to pay attention to if you are trying to find a place for your child to learn in the next few years.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Shirley High School Shirley Church Road, Croydon 3 34
Masons Pre-School 50 Verdayne Avenue, Croydon 5 7
Sparkles Pre-School Shirley Parish Halls, 81 Wickham Road, Croydon 4 4
MK Dance 2 Eldon Avenue, Croydon 5 1
Kumon Maths & English Shirley Methodist Church, Eldon Avenue, Croydon 3 2
Harris Primary Academy Benson West Way, Croydon 3.4 14
Holly’s Guitar Lessons Tower View, Croydon N/A N/A
Trinity School Shirley Road, Croydon 4.1 53
Coloma Convent Girls’ School Upper Shirley Road, Croydon 2.6 74
St John’s Primary School Spring Park Road, Croydon 3.8 4
Guava Tree cottage chnts west, acacia tree nursery east flowerdew farm london road N/A N/A
Boom Arts Academy West Way, Croydon 5 13
The Secondary Hearing Impaired Service 95 Shirley Church Road, Croydon N/A N/A
Little Elms Daycare Nursery Shirley 2A South Way, Croydon 4.9 35
Funshine Shirley 23 Lake Road, Croydon 5 1

The number of hospitals, pharmacies and doctors in Shirley

Shirley has 4 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Shirley Oaks Hospital Poppy Lane, Croydon 4.7 637
Life Line Screening Shirley Methodist Church, Eldon Avenue, Croydon N/A N/A
Eoin Baldwin Shirley Oaks Hospital Poppy Lane Shirley Oaks Village, Croydon N/A N/A
London Private Surgeon Poppy Lane, Croydon N/A N/A

Other nearby neighbourhoods

If you need a comparison of other nearby neighbourhoods besides Shirley, Cozee Properties have provided you with guides with information on other areas too.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Addington See the guide here
West Wickham See the guide here
Croydon See the guide here
Addiscombe See the guide here
Elmers End See the guide here
South Norwood See the guide here
Addington See the guide here
West Wickham See the guide here
Croydon See the guide here
Addiscombe See the guide here
Elmers End See the guide here
South Norwood See the guide here

If you are looking to buy or sell a property and want to get an idea of how the market works there, have a look at our property prices guides below

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