The Twentieth Century Society

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Explore Grade II-listed Croydon Airport

On 21 August come and enjoy a day out in London Croydon Airport – once Britain’s major and only international airport with a significant role in early 20th century history. Home to the first world’s first air traffic control tower, the phrase ‘Mayday’ was coined here.

We are fortunate to have two volunteers to give us a tour of the airport, including the control tower, followed by an Imperial Airways ‘Silver Wings’ luncheon at the Hallmark Aerodrome Hotel, once a viewing area. Afterwards there’s a walk around the airfield and if participants wish, they can separately visit Croydon Lido Diving Board.

The day runs from 10.30am-4.30pm and the cost is £48.50 including lunch at £37.50 and the tower and grounds tour at £11. Please note: special diets can be arranged, and the day involves walking and steep stairs. Numbers are strictly limited to 14 so early booking essential. In the first instance, please email Clare Dales at

Croydon Airport is on Purley Way. Parking available. If not driving, Waddon is the nearest station and a 10 minute walk or take the 289 bus. Purley is also 10 mins by the 289 bus. East Croydon is 15 mins by the 119 bus. Buses stop outside the airport.

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