Croydon’s popular Lloyd Park café has re-opened under new management and with a new name – Parklife.
Local entrepreneur Clair Murphy intends the cafe to become the heart of the local community with it opening from 7.30am to 5.30pm seven days a week throughout the winter.
Clair said: “I’m a local girl, born and bred in Croydon. All my immediate family also live, work and attend schools here. I’m very proud of my Croydon roots and I can trace them back for hundreds of years.
“I’ve spent the last five years managing another local café and restaurant, but my dream has always been to open my own in my local community.”
“I want Parklife Café to breathe life back into the park and hopefully it will become the hub of the community. We’ll be getting involved in the numerous sporting events that take place here, such as the Park Runs which are held every weekend and are getting really popular. Then there’s the well-established tennis club, disc golf, the outdoor gym, and many others.”
There will be a variety of weekly clubs at the café, including the Krafty Kids Club every Thursday morning and a children’s’ ceramics session in the future.
Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure, and sport, said: “I’m really pleased to have Clair taking over the Lloyd Park café. She’s already shown such a huge amount of enthusiasm for the project and I know she’ll make a success of this venture.
Top quality facilities like this really encourage regular use of our fabulous green spaces. I hope residents will use this new attraction as another reason to visit Lloyd Park”