Croydon is a large town in South London, England, located in the historic county of Surrey and the ceremonial county of Greater London. It is 9.4 miles south of Central London. The principal settlement in the London Borough of Croydon, it is one of the largest commercial districts in Greater London outside Central London, with an extensive shopping district and night-time economy. Croydon lies on a transport corridor between central London and the south coast of England, to the north of two high gaps in the North Downs, one taken by the A23 Brighton Road and the main railway line through Purley and Merstham and the other by the A22 from Purley to the M25 Godstone interchange. Road traffic is diverted away from a largely pedestrianised town centre, mostly consisting of North End. East Croydon is a major hub of the national railway transport system, with frequent fast services to central London, Brighton and the south coast. The town is also at the centre of the only tramway system in southern England.
Croydon's annual retail turnover from comparison goods is over £350 million, the 5th highest in Greater London. Croydon has over 320,000 square metres (3,455,000 sq ft) of total town centre floor-space, the 2nd highest in Greater London. Apart from its very large central shopping district, Croydon has a number of smaller shopping areas, especially towards the southern end of the town in which are many restaurants. Two of Croydon's restaurants are listed in The Good Food Guide. Croydon was ranked 12th in the "Hot 100 UK retail locations" with a score of 90%. The Zotefoams company is headquartered in Croydon.
Croydon has a population of over 386,700 people. Croydon also forms part of the Greater London metropolitan area which has a population of over 14,372,596 people.