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Brixton, London

Brixton is a colourful neighbourhood in the Borough of Lambeth in south London. The neighbourhood is primarily residential catering to the working class that include a potpourri of ethnicities from many corners of the globe. Some have lived here for generations while others are newer residents mainly from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

With a quarter of its residents of African or Caribbean descent, Brixton is the heart of London’s African-Caribbean community.There are no architectural landmarks, upmarket shopping or posh restaurants in Brixton. It’s a working class neighbourhood but one of the most colourful and lively areas of London. Brixton features trendy markets, amazing foods and has a thriving music scene. Most of all Brixton is always welcoming!

Brixton Road by Danny Robinson

Brixton Market

A major attraction here is the lively Brixton Market comprising of an open street market and three covered markets stretching across the neighbourhood. Brixton Market caters to shoppers from the working class and opens throughout the week. It is a hive of small shops and stalls selling varieties of items including trendy clothes, jewellery, antiques and foodstuffs. You can find plenty of Afro-Caribbean as well as Asian products, reflecting the various communities that thrive in Brixton. There is also a Farmers’ Market every Sunday at Brixton Station Road.

Brixton Market by Cristian Bortes

Food Scene

Brixton has a flourishing food scene and in recent years has become a hot spot for cuisines from various communities. A great thing about eating here is it’s inexpensive compared to London’s West End. The food scene is enticing and with so many places to eat that Brixton can spoil you with choices. Head to Brixton Village where you can find plenty of small cafes, cosy restaurants and takeaways. It is a food paradise and besides the British fare, there are specialities from other corners of the world including Indian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, African and much more.

Restaurant in Brixton by Ewan Munro

Music Scene

Brixton also has a thriving music scene that includes pop, rock, hip-hop, indie, funk, reggae and blues. Venues range from the large premier establishments to small clubs. The O2 Brixton Academy is a leading music venue in London with many big names as well as upcoming bands playing here. The venue has a maximum capacity to accommodate nearly 5,000. Another is Electric Brixton, a premier live music and clubbing venue that features big name DJs. The Ritzy Cinema opened in 1911 and today a multi-screen cinema screening a mix of blockbusters, independent films and classics.

Visiting Brixton

Take the train on the Victoria Line and get off at Brixton (Underground) Station, which is located in the heart of Brixton and nearby Brixton Market. A short walk from Brixton Station is Brixton railway station, which serves the Chatham Main Line from London Victoria Station to Orpington and beyond to Dover. A number of London buses stop at various locations in Brixton including bus route numbers 2, 3, 35, 37, 45, 57, 59, 109, 118 and several night buses including P4, P5, N2, N3 and N35.

Brixton on the Map

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