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The best of Brixton. Our guide to the restaurants, shops and attractions that make this south London neighbourhood tick.

Brixton is famous for Caribbean food. 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.

Just a stone’s throw away from the 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.

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.

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. fish Classy!

Another local landmark, 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!

LOST IN BRIXTON

Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PS

LOST is the rooftop bar that is hidden on top of Brixton Village from the team behind Pergola Paddington and Pergola Olympia. You will find a Latin American-inspired cocktail menu featuring a 16-strong spritz collection, and fresh beer from neighbours Brixton Brewery. Lost in Brixton also provides food from the traders inside Brixton Village and Market Row, like Franco Manca, Fish Wings & Tings, Jalisco and Thunderbird Fried Chicken. Using the Tablesnapper app you order from the village and have your food delivered to the rooftop terrace, meaning you have all the choice and none of the hassle, and we like that.

RUM KITCHEN

435 - 437 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF

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.

BLUE TIT

342 Coldharbour Ln, SW9 8BH

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.

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BLUES KITCHEN

40 Acre Lane, SW2 5SP

The Blues Kitchen is all about good ol’ US grub, with the likes of beef short rib, Cajun popcorn squid, buttermilk fried chicken, pork ribs, cornbread, mac & cheese and more BBQ delights on the menu. And with the largest selection of bourbon in London, you won’t be going thirsty here either. With late nights on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays plus resident musicians and DJs, you can keep the party going well beyond dinner – and if it’s a big night on a weekend, you can come back the next day for a hangover busting brunch.

POP BRIXTON

53 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ

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 Mama’s Jerk, Specialist Cellars and Container Records, and has a 200 capacity event space for gigs, cinema screenings and fitness classes.

DAVID BOWIE MURAL

472-488 Brixton Rd, SW9 8EN

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.

BRIXTON WINDMILL

Blenheim Gardens, SW2 5EU

The Windmill turned 200 in back 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.

RITZY CINEMA

Brixton Oval, SW2 1JG

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.

O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON

211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL

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!

TRINITY ARMS

45 Trinity Gardens, Brixton, London SW9 8DR, UK

Tucked back on a little square, this boozer is a great one to have up your sleeve, especially if you’re looking for a pre-gig pint rather than a pre-gig scrum at the bar. They extended upstairs to give more space for diners and added a fire pit to the beer garden, so you can hang out back there all year round. It’s a Young’s too so you can be sure of a decent pint.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH

204 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8AG, UK

The Duke of Edinburgh has one of the biggest beer gardens in South London and it comes with a huge outdoor bar and BBQ pit. With lots of ales and cask beer on rotation, this one is a good spot for beer geeks. It’s super chilled and great place to spend a sunny afternoon.

NANBAN

426 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LF, UK

Run by 2011 MasterChef winner Tim Anderson, Nanban in Brixton serves up Japanese soul food; that’s Japanese staples like ramen, tempura and yaki-udon reimagined for the local area, resulting in dishes like plantain katsu curry, lazy goat ragu-men and market tempura, which changes according to what looks good in Brixton Market. The chicken karaage and cured salmon with miso sesame sauce are both worth an order, and the tuna poke, which comes with Maui onions, macadamia nuts, yuzu-pickled radish, sesame oil and sweet ponzu,served on gem lettuce rather than rice (although you can add rice, miso soup and pickles to make it a meal) is great if you don’t want a steaming bowl of soup.

FEDERATION COFFEE

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Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8PS
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Federation Coffee take the stuff seriously and their house espresso is a bespoke blend roasted by Campbell & Syme in North London, and with lots of guest specials, this is the perfect place for coffee geeks.

MAREMMA

36 Brixton Water Lane, London SW2 1PE, UK

Housed in the former Montego Inn in Brixton, Maremma is all about showcasing produce, particularly game and seafood, and wine from the Maremma part of Tuscany (it’s the southwestern portion by the coast FYI). Much of the wine list hasn’t been seen in the UK before so you really are getting something new. The menu is tight, with only a handful of antipasti, primi and secondi – definitely don’t miss the signature tortelli Maremmani, fat parcels stuffed spinach and ricotta, and swimming in sage butter.

BRIXTON BREWERY

Arch 548 Brixton Station Rd, London SW9 8PF, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 1:00 – 9:00 PM

From the logo all the way through to the names and flavours of the beers, Brixton Brewery is a product of the South London neighbourhood it’s named for. The Electric IPA is named for Electric Avenue, its taste designed to be an assault on the senses – much like a trip to the street itself. Coldharbour Lager takes its name from Coldharbour Lane, a street known for its boho origins – reflected in a lively, easy-drinking lager. And as you’d expect, Brixton Brewery’s taproom sits in the very heart of the area, under the railway arches. Because where else would you put a brewery in London?

WEIGH AND PAY

Unit 33, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8PS, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Weigh and Pay is the first zero-waste shop in Brixton Village, selling organic and plant-based wholefoods, household goods and cosmetics. The shop is stocking products from local businesses like natural deodorant maker Elsa’s Organic and skincare company Suneeta London.

KRICKET

£££
Kricket Soho, Denman Street, London, UK

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. Created by Will Bowlby, who previously worked at The Cinnamon Club, the dishes are inspired by Southern India but use British ingredients and modern flair to bring them up to date – think goat leg raan, Keralan fried chicken, wood pigeon with garlic pickle, Cornish crab meen moilee, duck leg kathi roll, lotus root yakni with morels & lotus root crisps, and rock oyster pakora with rhubarb chutney.

BROCKWELL PARK

25 Brockwell Park Row, Brixton, London SW2, UK

Not only does Brockwell Park have a bangin’ lido that’s the ideal place to cool off come summer but it’s also got a BMX track, basketball court, cricket nets, bowling greens and a ton of other sports facilities. Or you could just kick back and enjoy the views from the top of the park.

THREE LITTLE BIRDS

412 Coldharbour Lane, London, UK

Get a taste of Jamaica without leaving London at Three Little Birds. The Brixton bar, founded by former Apprentice contestant April Jackson, celebrates the best of the island with lots of rum and lots of good vibes.

THE LAUNDRY

374 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8PL, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Melanie Brown, the woman behind The New Zealand Cellar in POP Brixton, also runs all-day bistro and wine bar, The Laundry, just the other side of Brixton Village on Coldharbour Lane. She’s taken over Walton Lodge, which used to be a commercial steam press laundry (hence the name) but has kept the original brickwork, mixing in vintage furniture, antique mirrors, counter and banquette seating, and a wall stacked with wine. The menu is full of comforting classics with an Antipodean twist, like beets with apple aioli, prawn cocktail, and chicken kiev with caeser slaw, and there’s an interesting wine list to go with that – it’s also worth asking for recommendations as the staff know their stuff.

NEGRIL

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132 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RS, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM

Run by Latanya Christie, Negril serves up Caribbean classics like jerk chicken, rice and peas, saltfish fritters, braised oxtail, Ital stew, roti wraps and homemade cakes, made with organic and free-range produce wherever possible. If the sun is shining, you’ll want to be tucking into all that food out on the patio.

FISH, WINGS & TINGS

3, Granville Arcade, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8PR, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM

Run by Trinidadian chef Brian Danclair, Fish, Wings & Tings has become a Brixton Village institution. He serves up his take on Caribbean classics including reggae wings, cod fish fritters, coconut prawns, curried mutton, stew oxtail, jerk chicken and rum punch. Expect good food and good vibes.

SALON

££
18 Market Row, London SW9 8LD, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 3:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Nicholas Balfe may have two Peckham spots to his name – Levan and Larry’s, right next door to each other – but Salon on Brixton’s Market Row was his first place and it’s still going strong today, going from a pop-up above a cheese shop to one of the best restaurants in the area. Salon serves up modern seasonal British food in a set menu format with dishes like chilled almond soup with salt lemon, duck liver with gooseberry & chicory, Cornish monkfish with smoked aubergine & sea beet, and chamomile with white peach & mint. The bar pours cocktails, craft beer and low intervention, organic and biodynamic wines, and there’s even more vino on available in the Wine Store next door.

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