Croydon is the southernmost and one of the largest of London's boroughs with a population of around 340,000 spanning an area of around 34 square miles. Much of Croydon encompasses idyllic green parks (Lloyds Park, Riddlesdown, Shirley Hills) but much of the borough is urban and it has a number of shopping centres - the Whitgift Centre and Drummond centre being the most popular.
Ironically although Croydon's urban areas have tall buildings which are sky scraper-like in their appearance, they provide for a magnificent view over the surrounding greenery, while most of the rest of London may be enjoyed from the natural heights of areas like Shirley Hills.
As well as being popular with Hollywood film makers certain areas of the borough are widely sought after (e.g. West Purley, Woodcote) and can boast of several alumni - International Tennis superstar Greg Rusedski, Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Sue Perkins (?Light Lunch, channel 4) and supermodel Kate Moss.
Croydon is less than twenty minutes by train from both London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, as well as being a little under an hours journey from the cosmopolitan coastal town of Brighton.
The borough also has a recently developed Tram link. Wimbledon (West London) is now only twenty minutes away (a journey that would previously have taken nearly an hour by tube and train). The main London to Brighton Road (famed for its annual vintage car race) passes through the centre of Croydon.