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RUM KITCHEN

RUM Expect all the usual Caribbean grub alongside some brand spanking new dishes, like the grilled red snapper with mixed pepper escovitch & avocado salsa and a jerk fried chicken burger with spicy lime salt & scotch bonnet mayo on the menu. Living up to its name, the bar will also shake up over 40 cocktails and boast over 200 rums, including the exclusively bottled RK x 25-Year-Old Plantation Rum from Trinidad, so you definitely won't be going thirsty at this joint.

435 - 437 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF -

therumkitchen.com

BLUE TIT

BlueTitSalon2 Blue Tit’s sixth salon is at home in Brixton and it was about time we gave it a little visit, because we’re a fan! The first thing we noticed was that the Brixton salon has quite a different interior from all the other salons. You could describe it as Scandinavian minimalism and spacious, inspired by the Berlin nightlife with industrial furniture that fills the space with exposed beams, a lot of metal detailing, open shelving units and fluorescent lighting with a hint of their familiar retro style...but then that would be over the top no? The staff are super friendly with all the stylists having their own stream of creative and specialty. For our cut and colour we were well looked after, taken through the process and felt right at home. This salon uses all-natural Davines products just like all the others and it smells amazing. Whether you're after something quirky or simple anything is possible at Blue Tit Brixton and with smoothies on offer during the day and booze at night, you can make a real occasion of it.

342 Coldharbour Ln, SW9 8BH -

bluetitlondon.com

KRICKET review

Kricket LOTI It's true, we don't like Kricket...we love it! That was obvious you may think - hey we love a good dad joke - what wasn't quite as obvious, however, was just how much we'd freaking love Kricket. Sitting inside of Pop Brixton, the shipping container park, think Boxpark but South and more food-orientated, Kricket serves up Indian sharing plates and cocktails. It's casual dinning, yes you are eating in a shipping container, but you'll be surprised at what comes out of the kitchen. We were bowled over by the bright colours, textures and flavours - think delicate Indian spicing ramped up a level. Created by Will Bowlby, who previously worked at The Cinnamon Club, the dishes are inspired by Southern India but use British ingredients and modern flare to bring them up to date. kricket-food-loti We couldn't fault any of the cooking but the highlight for us was the Goat Leg Rann; cooked for six hours this dish smashed it out of the park. Then there's the Keralan fried chicken, the wood pigeon with garlic pickle, burnt grelot raita with girolles and the palate-pleasing Bhel Puri with raw mango, tamarind, sev and yogurt. Forget the bat and ball, sit on the sidelines and plough you way through this menu.

Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ -

kricket.co.uk

BLUES KITCHEN

THEBLUESKITCHEN BRIXTON - LOTI Their first place 'sarrf of the river', The Blues Kitchen has brought their Texan BBQ to Brixton, including things like 16 hour beef short ribs and a 12 hour smoked brisket, buttermilk fried chicken and pulled pork alongside the LARGEST selection of rare and vintage bourbon in London. All we can say if you're gonna have the BBQ plate is...GO HUNGRY! Split over two floors the food is not the only US export; artwork from the Antineau Gallery in New Orleans and stained glass adorn the walls whilst reclaimed tin and Tiffany lights salvaged from Pennsylvania and New York illuminate the leather clad booth seating. A tiled bar occupies the ground floor whilst upstairs houses a live stage and club which will host a tight knit family of resident musicians and DJs who play until 2am EVERY Friday & Saturday. WOOP!

40 Acre Lane, SW2 5SP -

theblueskitchen.com

POP BRIXTON

POPBRIXTON-LOTI Just a stones throw away from Brixton station is an environmentally friendly, up-cycled shipping container space called Pop Brixton, which hosts some of the local community's most exciting restaurants, bars and retail space. Turning a piece of wasteland into an attractive urban space, most of the selected tenants have connections to the local area. Brixton has already established as a go-to foodie destination in London and Pop Brixton builds on this success and includes Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen offering authentic Ghanaian dishes, to Miss P’s BBQ bringing their juicy beef ribs to Baba G who will be serving up an Indian and British food fusion. Pop Brixton also boasts a diverse selection of independent retail outlets from vintage clothing sellers Make Do & Mend through to Japanese tea house, Kyocha as well as a 200 capacity event space for gigs, cinema screeings and the TEDxBrixton talks there will really be something for everyone! POPBRIXTON-LOTI

53 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ -

popbrixton.org

CARIOCA

carioca-loti In the heart Brixton's vibrant Market Row lies Carioca, a Brazilian restaurant and following its re-launch has now introduced brunch with a Brazilian twist. Inside, the restaurant is cosy with a homely atmosphere. We tried the Carioca Breakfast with a signature Bloody Mary which sure enough shook off our Saturday night hangovers. Piled high on the plate, the salty Iberico pork compliments the creamy scrambled eggs perfectly alongside the sweet cherry tomatoes, peppery rocket and bell peppers on a gluten-free maize muffin. Carioca also serve Caravan coffee, a selection of Birchall teas which go great with all the home-made cakes and ALL dishes are all gluten-free so perfect for all our celiac mates! Brunch is served between 10am-4pm every day which gives you plenty of time to roll out of bed on a cold Sunday morning...

25-27 Market Row, SW9 8LB -

cariocabrixton.com

BRIXTON NIGHT MARKET

brixton-night-market What if we told you that there was an event where you could go and eat delicious street food AND feel good about doing something for the local community? You’d say ‘sign us up!’ right? Well the Brixton Night Market, which takes place around once a month, is giving the next big things in street food the opportunity to show off their wares whilst you, the punter gets the feel-good factor (along with some incredible food). Set up as a Community Interest Company, the idea of Brixton Night Market is to boost engagement in the area whilst giving local traders a chance in this highly competitive market. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? Past exhibitors have included Fundi Pizza, Donostia Social Club and Bell & Brisket so you know the quality is going to be top notch.From The Cheese Truck to Choi Boys and everything in between, get ready to experience some serious food envy if you’re not at Brixton Night Market. And since we’re all about supporting local traders, we’ll be going back for seconds.

Windrush Square, Effra Road, SW2 1JQ -

street-concepts.co.uk

THE CLINK RESTAURANT

brixton 'We'll tell you what, why don't we go and grab a bite to eat...we'll go to that new place, the one in the Prison, yeah Brixton Prison'. Not the sort of conversation you think would go down well. But this is all above board as the Clink Restaurant is now officially open to the public. Aiding inmates with the tools and skills to help gain employment on their release The Clink restaurant is taking bookings for breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday. However, your 'application' to dine inside HMP Brixton will need approval and a copy of their security guidelines will be available for you to read. A daring first date perhaps? We'd be keen to hear about it. Sign up online.

Her Majesty’s Prison Brixton, Jebb Avenue, SW2 5XF -

theclinkcharity.org/the-clink-restaurants/brixton-london

LA PRIMA DONNA

prima-donnaloti With more micro-restaurants than you can shake a stick at, Brixton Village and Market Row have got the biggest variety of food on offer south of the River. The downside is it makes it pretty darn difficult deciding where to go. We recently tried Prima Donna in Market Row which sits just opposite the incredibly popular Happy Dumplings. Offering Latin-inspired food cooked on their charcoal grill in a well put together little restaurant, Prima Donna manages to stand above a lot of their competitors. The restaurant makes good use of their space, with plenty of dining room inside and even more out in the Row, it’s a great place just to soak up the atmosphere and have a bit of a people-watching session. The only downside is that practically none of the bars and restaurants have loos and Prima Donna is no exception – however it's a price worth paying. food2 Starting the evening with some fantastic Caipirinhas helped us to decide what to eat the extensive, inviting menu. In the interests of journalistic thoroughness, we sampled a fair few of the dishes. The ribs were particularly good, well-cooked with just the right amount of seasoning. Likewise, the spices in the chorizo which weren’t too overpowering and worked perfectly with the other flavours. We also had the halloumi and tapenade and the rib and cheese croquettes, both of which were ab fab. Prima Donna also offers brilliant value for money, with cocktails at £5 and reasonably priced dishes as well as the early bird spesh offers. We’ll definitely be revisiting.

25-27 Market Row, SW9 8LD -

BROCKWELL PARK

brockwell-park-loti Are you brave enough to dip your toes? Inspiring true British stubborness, Brockwell Park's Lido seems to always have visitors, regardless of what the weather throws at them. Or perhaps your are so eager to prove yourself? Chicken! Nevertheless there are lots of things to keep you occupied at the park, including a BMX track, a massive sandpit and Lambeth's annual county show. What more could you ask for?!

Dulwich Rd, SE24 0NG -

lambeth.gov.uk

DAVID BOWIE MURAL

brixton-bowie-loti Exactly what it says on the tin, this Bowie tribute, painted by Aussie street artist James Cochran in 2013, suddenly became a site of an overwhelming outpouring of public grief, following Bowie's death in January 2016. If you were a fan of the legend that inspired it, it's definitely worth a look.

472-488 Brixton Rd, SW9 8EN -

BRIXTON WINDMILL

brixton-windmill-loti The Windmill turned 200 in 2016, making it MEGA OLD. Considering it's age however, it's still a looker and perfect for an unusual, south London selfie op. Fancy having a nosy? The windmill is open for guided tours between April and October, which you can book here. Check it out, it's a wind-million times better than anything YOU had planned!

Blenheim Gardens, SW2 5EU -

brixtonwindmill.org

RITZY CINEMA

ritzy-loti Now over 100 years old, the Ritzy Cinema is an iconic part of the Brixton furniture. Restored to it's original, turn-of-the-century charm, it still has all those amazing architectural features and a red velvet curtain. Classy! Owned by Picturehouse Cinemas, there are loads of great deals to get money off your tickets, especially if you are a student, plus, there is an upstairs live music venue, unimaginatively named 'Upstairs', for if you decide your night isn't over after the end credits. If you are looking for a fancy place to impress a date, look no further than the Ritzy in Brixton.

Brixton Oval, SW2 1JG -

picturehouses.com/cinema/Ritzy_Picturehouse

O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON

o2-academy-brixton-loti Another of Brixton's iconic, architectural landmarks, the Brixton Academy was built in 1929, starting out in life as a theatre. Since then, it has be reopened many different times under many different names but has never lost it's musical roots. The venue has had many a legend pass through it's doors, including The Smith's, Madonna, The Clash, The Prodigy and the Sex Pistols to name but a few, and is likely to see many more in the future. Rock on!

211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL -

academymusicgroup.com/o2academybrixton

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