Colonnades Leisure Park

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Croydon Colonnades

The Colonnades Leisure Park (also known as Croydon Colonnades) is an out-of-town leisure park located in the Purley Way retail and industrial district of the London Borough of Croydon, South London which opened in the late 1990s. The retail park was built on the former site of the Croydon Water Palace, an indoor water park complex that opened in 1990, but had to close due to financial difficulties.

The Colonnades competes with the nearby Valley Park Retail Area, the main commercial area on Purley Way, and is less busy due to the lack of an anchor tenant (Valley Park has IKEA and Purley Way Retail Park has Sainsbury's), although it centres itself as more of an entertainment complex than shopping area. The retail park is the southern most on the A23 Purley Way road and is close to Purley town centre. The site of Croydon Airport is opposite the site of the retail Park.

Most of the outlets in the park are entertainment oriented, such as City Limits an indoor entertainment centre with a restaurant, sports bar, arcade and bowling facilities. Other tenants include Gipsy Moth family pub and restaurant, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Premier Inn, a Kidspace indoor adventure playground, and Nuffield health and fitness centre. A new food court has recently been opened with an indoor seating area. The restaurants in the food court include Subway, BBQ Xpress, China Wok and Karahi Cuisine. T.G.I. Friday's has a restaurant located across the road from the retail area, as well as a Hilton Hotel. The complex itself sits alongside the Purley Way Playing Fields.

The City Limits complex consisting of a Bowling Alley, Laser Quest, and Gymboree has recently closed following the termination of their lease by owner Punch Taverns.[1]

In 2010 it was announced that the retail park would include the first drive-through Costa Coffee outlet.[2] This opened in 2015.[3]


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Coordinates: 51°21′22″N 0°06′54″W / 51.356°N 0.115°W / 51.356; -0.115