Shirley is one of those smaller London suburbs which has become popular with people needing to be close to the city action but who still like the open countryside feel. One of the more desirable suburbs of Croydon, Shirley boasts its own windmill and plenty of open space. One of only 4 remaining windmills in London, it was built in 1845 in what was then, open countryside. It looks a little odd now as it sits at the end of a residential cul-de-sac but it is open to the public and could be an interesting place to visit with one of our beautiful Shirley escorts.
Shirley has links with the Chelsea Flower show in that the Secretary of the RHs at the time the flower show was the Reverend for the village. The famous Shirley poppy was cultivated by him after he found an unusual field poppy in his garden in Shirley and he bred it with other varieties to eventually create the famous Shirley poppy. This is a popular garden flower still favoured today and whilst these are naturally beautiful to look at, they pale into insignificance against the beauty of our stunning Shirley escorts.
The fact that Shirley is one of the few places in London not to have its own station does not detract from its desirability. Commuters and visitors travel the short distance to nearby Croydon for transport into the city and beyond and given that Croydon is set to benefit from a huge £1.4 billion investment in the coming years, the area looks set to remain popular into the distant future.
Our escorts in Shirley love the fact that they have everything on their doorstep. The main city has all the shops, bars and restaurants you could think of but if you want something a little more cosy then Wickham Road or Upper Shirley Road is the place to head for.
An American Diner Cadillac dominates the area and this is a great place for casual dining. If you want to sample the local hospitality then the three local pubs offer a varied choice and a warm welcome. The Crown, The Surprise and the Sandrock are all traditional pubs serving real ale and a wonderful selection of wines as well as traditional British pub fayre so if you fancy a pub lunch or a casual evening meal, these are highly recommended by our Shirley escorts.
If you want to escape the traffic and noise then head for Shirley Hills. This is an area of open countryside offering fantastic views over London. In the summer months you can enjoy it as a picnic spot and as the winter draws in, Bonfire displays are held.
One of the large estates, Monks orchard, came up for sale in the early 20th century. It had previously been a mansion house in the area but was sold to the city of London who relocated the old Bethlem Royal Hospital. Bethlem was the notorious psychiatric hospital for the insane, although many horror stories, many of which were based on truth, focus on the different distinction of insane at the time. We would counter that if you chose to miss out on a date with our beautiful Shirley escorts, there is definitely a case for insanity to answer!