Save Matthews Yard in West Croydon

by MatthewsYard UK Limited in Croydon, Greater London, United Kingdom

Save Matthews Yard in West Croydon
We did it
On 14th February 2023 we successfully raised £16,422 with 354 supporters in 63 days

We announced our closure on 10th December but have struck a last minute deal with our landlord. Now we need your help to make it work.

by MatthewsYard UK Limited in Croydon, Greater London, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Having secured our future in West Croydon, our attention turns firmly to our other premises. Wait, you didn't know about it? Well, it’s barely had a mention since 2020 as we’ve been at a loss with what to do with it!

Our workspace premises is double the size of our West Croydon location. It’s tucked away round the back of Surrey Street market and has been a labour of love (and sometimes hate) since 2015. A derelict ground floor premises, full of builders waste was gradually transformed into a low cost workspace for creatives. By February 2020 it was 100% occupied, so we boldly signed a new 25 year lease. Then the pandemic struck and everyone started working from home.

Our landlord in this location has been great throughout our time in the space and has recently agreed a brief rent free period to help us reinvent it for the post-pandemic world where coworking, hot-desking and small offices are less on trend than they once were. 

Our plans for the first half of 2023 are to move the soft play and kids cafe over to this site which is all on one level and much better suited to parents, toddlers and pushchairs. The soft-play will be upgraded and expanded and we will host more birthdays, more soft play sessions and activities suited to older kids too. Think rhyme time, story time, craft clubs, art clubs, youth clubs and similar activities, all delivered with that magical Matthews Yard vibe so many of us seem to love. 

Of course, while kids will be the focus here, big people won’t be neglected. You can expect top notch coffee, sourced from our favourite suppliers over at 80 Stone. A selection of scrumptious cakes and snacks and, did we mention there’s already 1GB fibre on site, so the laptop brigade will be able to pitch up for the day and rinse our internet at lightning speed (average 750mb up and download speeds!) Oh, not to mention the dedicated Yoga studio which already operates on site! 

The best bit about it all is that this hidden gem has been gradually refurbished since we took on the space. There isn’t the same mountains to climb as we have had at Maplin. Some plumbing, some painting and decorating and a few tweaks here and there, plus some new equipment and we will be good to go early in the Spring!

So, check out the range of rewards we will be adding to help fund this space and help make sure Matthews Yard has a stable long-term future in Croydon, regardless of what happens in West Croydon in the years ahead.

Thanks for the love and we look forward to seeing and serving you at Matthews Yard West Croydon, or in our Old Town premises in 2023!

After securing the support of the local community we were able to relocate to our new home in West Croydon. We signed a lease at the end of February 2020, a few days before the first COVID lockdown.

Since then we battled against COVID and the cost of living crisis which have had a profound impact on the hospitality industry nationwide. On a local level anti social behaviour, street drinking and the ever diminishing retail offer around us combined with the lack of progress on the Westfield development mean footfall has been lower than we expected and the move to West Croydon has been more challenging than we had hoped.

We recently announced plans to close the premises, having accrued arrears of more than £15k since moving, however many people asked us to run a crowd funder to raise funds which we were reluctant to do.

After productive discussions with the Arch Company today we have negotiated more time to pay. We have all fought so hard for so long, so can't throw the towel in now. We owe it to Croydon and to our supporters to do everything we can to survive and to allow you to help us do so.

Thank you for giving us the motivation to keep fighting!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£40 or more

5 of 100 claimed

Annual Soft Play pass

Unlimited access to our toddlers soft play space for 12 months, including complimentary babycinos.

£20 or more

Warm Space for 1 Hour

Sponsor our warm spaces programme for 1 hour. Providing a safe, warm space for local people to come together this winter.

£60 or more

Private Soft Play Session

A two hour private soft play session for up to 20 toddlers in our new dedicated kids cafe in Old Town. Includes exclusive use of the soft play area and a dedicated member of staff to take food and drink orders and ensure your session runs smoothly.

£75 or more

12 of 100 claimed

Warm Space Session

Sponsor a 4 hour warm spaces session for the local community to come together in a warm, safe space including heating, tea, coffee, biscuits and activities.

£250 or more

Children's Birthday Party

A two hour party package for up to 25 children including decorations, soft play (or games for older ones), a party bag and food and drinks for the little ones.

£750 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Weekday Exclusive Hire

Exclusive hire of our West Croydon premises for 6 hours on any weekday between 9am - 5pm.

£1,250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Exclusive Weekend or Evening Hire

Exclusive hire of our premises for 6 hours on a weekend or evening, perfect for a product launch or special celebration. T&C's apply.

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