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. 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!