The London Borough of Croydon is a London borough in South London and part of Outer London. Its area is 34 square miles (87 km?) and it is the largest London borough by population. At its centre is the historic town of Croydon from which the borough takes its name.
Central Croydon is the largest office and retail centre in the south east of England other than central London.
The London Borough of Croydon was fomed in 1965 from Coulsdon and Purley Urban District and the County Borough of Croydon. It is now governed by a cabinet-style council created in 2001.
Croydon unsuccessfully applied for city status in 2000 and again in 2002. If it had been successful it would have been the third local authority in Greater London to hold that status, the others being the City of London and the Westminster.