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SMOKE & SALT

Smoke & Salt, Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ
Brixton

Founded by co-chefs Aaron Webster (Dinner by Heston and The Latymer in Pennyhill Park) & Remi Williams (Craigie on Main and Deuxave) back in 2014, Smoke & Salt translates all that fancy-pants experience in exciting (and more affordable) modern sharing dishes.‘Modern Dining – Ancient Technique’ is how they describe their approach to cooking and for us the standout dish is the curried goat. Packing a punch on the spice scale the meat is soft adn delicate and comes with pickled pumpkin steamed buns that you can use to mop up every last little morsel. For foodies you’d be damn crazy not to have this on your list.

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LOST

Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PS
Brixton Brixton

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
Brixton Brixton

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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
Brixton Brixton

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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
Brixton Brixton

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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!

POP BRIXTON

53 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ
Brixton Brixton

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.

CARIOCA

25-27 Market Row, SW9 8LB
Brixton Brixton

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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!

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BROCKWELL PARK

Dulwich Rd, SE24 0NG
Herne Hill

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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.

DAVID BOWIE MURAL

472-488 Brixton Rd, SW9 8EN
Brixton Brixton

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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
Brixton Brixton

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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.

RITZY CINEMA

Brixton Oval, SW2 1JG
Brixton Brixton

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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
Brixton Brixton

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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!

KRICKET

41-43 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8JL, UK
Brixton Brixton

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.

FIERCE GRACE

Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2, UK
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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.

TRINITY ARMS

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

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.

ROE

Roe, Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London, UK
Brixton

It’s a bit cliche to say but Roe really is one of those places where you could eat the entire menu – and actually you can have a good crack at least half of it between two. Yes this is the kind of seafood restaurant that puts a fishy element in literally every dish bar the desserts. The bread comes with seaweed butter but you should definitely add the mackerel pate too.

Go for a good spread of smaller and main plates. The fried anchovies with hot sauce, the red gurnard carpaccio with excellent pickled shiitake mushrooms, and the skate wing with earthy jerusalem artichoke puree and wild mushrooms are all winners. Make sure you check out the whole fish special too; on our visit it was a Thai-style deep fried John Dory with a mushroom and noodle broth on the side.

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NANBAN

426 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LF, UK
Brixton

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

Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8PS
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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.

LA FAUXMAGERIE

Unit 71, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PS
Brixton

The UK’s first plant-based ‘cheesemonger’, La Fauxmagerie, is open in Brixton. Run by sisters Rachel and Charlotte Stevens, the shop stocks a range of nut and coconut oil- based ‘cheeses’, including a cream cheese from Kinda Co. and a cashew-based Stilton-esque cheese from I’m Nut Ok, as well as vegan preserves, crackers and other cheeseboard items.

MAREMMA

36 Brixton Water Lane, London SW2 1PE, UK
Brixton Herne Hill

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.

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