Boris Johnson announced that £1bn will be pumped into Croydon on Thursday, in a redevelopment plan that will see a new Westfield set up in the South London borough.
The Mayor's rhetoric of confident investment and future prosperity might have been fine oratory but during a photo walkabout he was confronted with evidence of the poverty on Britain's streets.
In December, charity Crisis warned homelessness in England has risen by nearly a quarter, and is even higher in London.
The Mayor's office later tweeted:
The Mayor's office told the Huffington Post UK that Boris Johnson did not speak with any rough sleepers whilst in Croydon.