I am a little worried about the choice of Croydon as a place to stay. My daughter and son in law lived in a very nice part of town, which was still only a few hundred metres from where the big furniture store was burned to the ground during the recent riots. Luckily they had moved out about 10 days before.
I liked their area, and I like Croydon, but it is a very mixed place with a very high crime rate. Parts of it are very wealthy, and parts are very poor, and I am told that a Saturday evening in Croydon is like the Battle of the Somme.
I have had some good evenings in Croydon, but you do need to know exactly where you are going, and it is easy to wander into a part where shootings and knifings take place.
It is very mulitracial, which I like, has an excellent shopping centre, and a good tram system, but one would need to be very careful in the choice of accommodation.