Open House Festival

John Grindrod: Polaroids of Croydon


One Croydon, 12–16 Addiscombe Rd, Croydon, CR0 6SD

Join John Grindrod, author of 'Iconicon' and 'Concretopia', on a walk around the endless rebuilding of Croydon town centre.

Getting there


West Croydon, East Croydon


X26, 64, 466, 433, 410, 367, 312, 198, 197, 194, 119

Additional travel info

East Croydon Rail station is also accessible via tram, on both eastbound and westbound routes between Beckenham Junction and Wimbledon. West Croydon Overground station is a 12 minute walk from East Croydon Rail station.


Accessibility notes

Please note: this is a walking tour which lasts 2.5 hours.


Important information

Please arrive at One Croydon 15 minutes prior to start time.


On the eve of the millennium John Grindrod took polaroids to capture the postwar buildings of the town where he’d been born, and felt sure were soon to disappear. That walk forms the basis of one of the chapters from his latest book, 'Iconicon: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain'.

This walking tour retraces his steps on a fun and informative architectural exploration of an overlooked suburban centre, and tells the story of the last few decades of Britain through the urban design, pop culture and social history of a town caught on the cusp of sitcom punchline and hipster cool. The route will take in the celebrated Threepenny Bit building, the ghosts of modern towers, traces of Medieval, Victorian and Art Deco Croydon, long-disappeared theatres and cinemas, the Fairfield Halls arts centre and more.

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