A guide to the hidden gems of Brixton, South London
Expect all the usual Caribbean grub at Rum Kitchen alongside 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. 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 -
Blue Tit’s sixth salon is in Brixton and it's got a different vibe from all the other spots - Scandi minimalism mixed with industrial furniture, exposed beams, metal detailing and fluorescent lighting with a hint of their familiar retro style. The staff are super friendly with all the stylists having their own area of expertise, and the salon uses all-natural Davines products just like all the others. 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 -
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 -
Just a stone's throw away from Brixton station is the environmentally friendly, up-cycled shipping container space Pop Brixton. It hosts some of the local community's most exciting restaurants, bars and business like Duck Duck Goose, The New Zealand Cellar, Container Records and Make Do & Mend, and has a 200 capacity event space for gigs, cinema screenings and fitness classes.
53 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ -
In the heart of Brixton's vibrant Market Row lies Brazilian restaurant Carioca, Inside the restaurant is cosy and homely, making it the perfect place for Sunday brunch. The Carioca Breakfast with a signature Bloody Mary is sure to shake off 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 serves Caravan coffee, a selection of Birchall teas, which go great with all the home-made cakes and ALL dishes are all gluten-free!
25-27 Market Row, SW9 8LB -
"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". Yep, you can go and have eat at The Clink Restaurant right inside HMP Brixton. Providing inmates with the tools and skills to help gain employment on their release, The Clink serves up proper restaurant quality menu cooked and served by prisoners, so it's sure to be a unique dining experience. A daring first date perhaps?
Her Majesty’s Prison Brixton, Jebb Avenue, SW2 5XF -
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Fancy a dip? In true British fashion Brockwell Park's Lido seems to always have visitors, regardless of what the weather's doing. But if you don't want to get in the water, there's plenty of things to keep you occupied at the park, including a BMX track, a massive sandpit and Lambeth's annual county show.
Dulwich Rd, SE24 0NG -
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 -
The Windmill turned 200 in 2016, making it MEGA OLD. Considering its 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.
Blenheim Gardens, SW2 5EU -
Now over 100 years old, the Ritzy Cinema is an iconic part of the Brixton furniture. Restored to its 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, plus there is an upstairs live music venue called named 'Upstairs' (duh!) for when you decide your night isn't over after the end credits.
Brixton Oval, SW2 1JG -
Another of Brixton's iconic landmarks, the Brixton Academy was built in 1929, starting out in life as a theatre. Since then it's been reopened many different times under many different names but has never lost its musical roots. The venue has had many a legend pass through its doors, including The Smiths, 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 -
After a successful pop-up and expansion into Soho and White City, Kricket has returned to to its birthplace of Brixton with a site under the railway arches on Atlantic Road. They've still got old faves like the samphire pakoras and Keralan fried chicken on the menu, alongside all new dishes like lotus root yakni with morels and lotus root crisps, pig head vindaloo with artichoke tarka and pickled shallot, and rock oyster pakora with rhubarb chutney.
41-43 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8JL, UK -
If you're looking for a yoga studio that's not about perfect poses, incense or tofu, Fierce Grace is it. The studio is beautiful, the instructors are experienced and friendly, and their community is welcoming and down to earth. They have loads of instructors and classes - at decent prices too - that are bound to suit whatever type of yogi you are.
Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2, UK -