Boxpark Croydon, which is located at Croydon’s nine acre Ruskin Square development, adjacent to East Croydon Station, opened its doors for the first time last night with an evening of live music and street food.

Founder of Boxpark, Roger Wade, welcomed VIP guests to the launch event and commended those who have made Boxpark possible, including Schroders UK Real Estate Fund, which is developing Ruskin Square with its partner Stanhope plc.

Council leader Tony Newman confidently called Croydon the ‘coolest borough in London’ to those in attendance, including other members of Croydon Council, including Chief Executive Jo Negrini and the mayor, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor.

The innovative restaurant and event space is constructed from shipping containers and is located on an area of Ruskin Square that has planning permission but is yet to be developed. The covered space will host a launch music festival at the weekend which is open to the public.

Ruskin Square, which is situated adjacent to East Croydon station, will provide Croydon with five new office buildings, 625 new homes, shops and restaurants, and attractive new outdoor public space, alongside Boxpark Croydon.