We visited Croydon shopping centre this morning. I hate shopping at the best of times and I regard the activity not as a "retail experience" but as a chore that requires my reluctant parting with cash. So my view of shopping centres automatically starts as a negative. Nevertheless, I was not impressed by Croydon. A rather dreary, uninviting place. The only interesting point about the place is that it is on the tram system (I like trams!) Fortunately, it was a short visit. Shopping done and we caught the train back to Crystal Palace.