Brixton is famous for its African-Caribbean culture and traditions, but today, like with most parts of London, it has attracted people from all over the world, making it another perfect melting pot withing the British capital.
Also here, like in Hampstead, there’s a incredible vibe and a sense of community that’s quite strong and unique. A great example of this is the People's Fridge, a great initiative which connectes privates and businesses in helping the poor people in the area also avoiding food going to waste.
Competing with East London's edgy vibe and tones, Brixton is another go-to neighbourhood for foodies, clubbers, art, party and music-lovers.
TO SEE + DO + SHOP IN BRIXTON
Where: Norwood Rd, London SE24 9BJ, UK
This huge park, only 12 minutes walk from the tube station, is popular with locals who go there to play tennis, football, walk, run or simply relax. If you fancy a swim, Brockwell Lido is one of London's few remaining outdoor pools and you should totally go for a dip if you don't mind the freezing cold water.
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Yes, Bowie. It's impossible to write a guide about Brixton, without a tiny mention to the artist who was born here and left a strong mark in the area. Till this day, two years after his death, thousands of people still come to the semi-permanent memorial murales in front of the underground station to pay respect and leave flowers for the artist who reinvented the music world for over five decades.
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Where: Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW2 1JG, United Kingdom
The Ritzy is the largest independent cinema in the United Kingdom and it features mainstream movies along with independent and less-known movies.
Make Do and Mend
Where: Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ, UK
A great vintage boutique stocking men’s and women’s vintage clothing from the 1950s to the 1990s.
FOOD + COFFEE IN BRIXTON
Brixton Village Market
Where: 10-11 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LB, UK
This is truly foodies' heaven. Just around the back of the underground station, Brixton Village Market is the place to go for foods from all around the world. In a tiny square, you can taste-travel from Cuba to Thailand, from China to Italy and taste all sort of food and flavours. Go there with an empty stomach.
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Where: Electric Avenue, Brixton, London, SW9 8JP
This was the first street in the UK to get public lighting, but today this narrow road is an open air market featuring all sorts of fresh food including fruits and veggies, meat and fish. Skip the supermarkets, buy local.
Where: 4 Market Row, Electric Lane, London, SW9 8LD
This is the first and original branch of this now famous chain of Italian pizzeria which serves locally produced (when possible) ingredients and very back-to-basic pizza. You'll think you were in Naples for a second or two.
*Where: 192 Acre Lane, London, SW2 5UL *
Named after Europe’s biggest food market in Barcelona, staffed by a knowledgeable and friendly Spanish team and offering real Iberian ingredients and tapas, this is the place to go if you feel like a shared tasty meal to the rhythm of flamenco.
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Where: Units 77-78, Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PS
Go there to work on your computer, people watch or read the newspaper. Whatever you wanna do, get a coffee from this place. You will keep coming back over and over again.
DANCE & DRINKS IN BRIXTON
The Duke of Edinburgh
Where:204 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8AG, UK
If the sun is shining, don't stop in the main room, keep walking towards the back where you'll find an immense garden space. Yup, they also do barbecues in summer!
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The Prince Albert
Where: 418 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LF, UK
No-frills, traditional, old man’s pub type of place, but by 9pm on Friday night, fun is assured: live bands, 50s music, karaoke, reggae and much more. They also have a courtyard for those lazy summer days.
Where: 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL, UK
Not only concerts, live music, club nights, comedy shows are hosted in this internationally renowned venue. They have a very packed calendar for 2018 including shows by Cigarettes after Sex, George Ezra and Vance Joy.
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