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Brixton

Here’s our guide to the best things to do in Brixton, including all the restaurants, shops, bars and venues that make this South London neighbourhood tick.

You won’t go hungry in Brixton, especially if you’re looking for Caribbean food, with the likes of Negril, Eat of Eden and Fish, Wings & Tings in the neighbourhood. Want more? Check out all the indie spots in Brixton Village.

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 businesses like The New Zealand Cellar and Container Records, and has a 200-capacity event space for gigs, cinema screenings, fitness classes and places where you can play bingo

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!

BOTTLE + RYE

Robin Gill and his wife Sarah have opened a new bistro and wine bar in Brixton called Bottle + Rye and we can confirm it’s an absolute banger. Located on the edge of Brixton Market and Coldharbour Lane, the pair have carved out a little piece of Paris in south London, with a stellar line up of relaxed bistro dishes and superb natural wines. Lewis Wright has curated the wine list with a selection mostly sourced from France and Europe but also including a couple of bottles from Renegade in London, and head chef Ben Hughes-Gage has created a food menu to match – we’re talking dishes like anchovies on honey toast, raw scallop with watermelon & plum, smoked eel brandade with pink fir crisps, and gooseberry & fig leaf choux eclair.

FISH, WINGS & TINGS

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.

RITZY CINEMA

Brixton Oval, SW2 1JG

Now over 100 years old, the Ritzy Cinema is an iconic part of Brixton’s fabric. 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.

TEMAKI

12 Market Row, London SW9 8LF

Temaki, London’s first authentic hand roll bar, is overseen by restaurateur A.M Dupee and chef Shaulan Steenson, who has gained experience at some of Japan’s most coveted sushi joints as well as at London’s best Japanese restaurants. The rolls are available individually or in sets and are rolled to order before being handed over the counter. If you order a set – we think this is the best and easiest way – they all start with the akami tuna in honour of the first roll Shaulan had when working in Japan. The unagi (BBQ eel), otoro tuna with spring onion and crab with egg yolk & white soy are also excellent. It’s a handroll bar so naturally these are the main attraction but you definitely don’t want to skip the small plates, especially the monkfish karaage. The quality of sushi at Temaki is right up there with the best in the city, with the added bonus of not costing a bomb and the informal and friendly atmosphere make it great for solo dining.

MAREMMA

36 Brixton Water Lane, London SW2 1PE

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 with spinach and ricotta, and swimming in sage butter.

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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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 businesses like The New Zealand Cellar and Container Records, and has a 200-capacity event space for gigs, cinema screenings, fitness classes and places where you can play bingo

DAVID BOWIE MURAL

472-488 Brixton Rd, SW9 8EN
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

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.

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 (in fact, it’s currently closed – here’s more info on that) 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, London SW9 8DR

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

The Duke of Edinburgh Brixton, Ferndale Road, London

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 a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.

BRIXTON BREWERY

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 after. 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?

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.

WEIGH AND PAY

Weigh and Pay is the first zero-waste shop in Brixton Village, selling organic and plant-based whole, 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

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

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.

ENISH

A branch of the prolific group (they’ve got eight other branches in London, as well as two in Dubai), Enish Brixton is a bustling Nigerian restaurant with an extensive menu of authentic dishes. They’ve got all the classics, including the likes of jollof rice, ogbono soup (with or without swallows), fried plantain, yam porridge, a range of suyas as well as various other meats and fish from the grill. Aside from the food, they’ve got a regular programme of live music and DJs – you’re not gonna be bored with a night out at Enish.

THE LAUNDRY

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 Kyiv with caesar 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

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.

WOOD & WATER

412 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8LF
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:30 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wood & Water run by April Jackson (she flipped her cocktail bar Three Little Birds into the restaurant) combines modern British food with “Jamaican soul” through dishes like pan-seared duck breast served with a jerk glaze & rum soaked plums and huge king prawns with spicy scotch bonnet & lemongrass. The cocktail list is heavily Jamaican influenced too, including ‘Corn & Oil’, a rum and corn liquor number served with corn cracker on the side. These guys are open 5pm till late Wednesday – Friday, and if you decide to make it a big one, you can always come back at the weekend for a hangover busting brunch. 

THREE UNCLES BRIXTON

If you’re a fan of Cantonese roast meats, Three Uncles is just the spot for you. The Brixton Village site, their first sit-in one, is serving up their famous Cantonese trio of roast duck, crispy pork belly and char siu pork. They’ve also got some of their classics on the menu such as Hainan chicken rice, lo mein noodles and a selection of dim sum available to eat in, take away or have delivered, not to mention the Brixton-only specials including the Treasures Platter of duck, char siu and crispy pork; roast duck & char siu lai fun noodle soup; and lotus leaf rice with Chinese sausage, steamed chicken, shiitake mushroom & chestnuts. Trust us, you want to be trying this. 

BLACK BEAR BURGER

11, 13A Market Row, London SW9 8LB
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Starting out as a street food joint, Black Bear Burger opened up its first bricks-and-mortar site in Brixton back in 2019 (they still have kitchens in Boxpark and Market Halls) and it’s been slinging out some of the best burgers in town ever since. Those burgers are made from a bespoke blend of cuts from grass-fed and dry-aged British beef and they’re so good, they only need topping with cheese, smoked bacon, onion jam & garlic mayo – you can get them with blue cheese sauce and beer-braised brisket on if you’re feeling extra indulgent. The burgers may be the main event but there are plenty of other treats to discover, including brisket spring rolls (which are as good as they sound), smoked pork tacos, buttermilk chicken nuggets with blue cheese and buffalo sauces, and even smoked meat specials on from time to time too. This BBB joint also serves booze, so you can sip on cocktails, beer jugs and shot skis alongside your buns.

NAUGHTY PIGLETS

Founded by wine buff Margaux Aubry and chef Joe Sharratt, Naughty Piglets is Brixton’s favourite local bistro. It’s beloved for its extensive list of natural wines and modern European menu of small plates, like ham croquettes, gnocchi with pesto & dried olives, duck Kyiv with wild garlic butter, Cornish turbot with courgettes & butter sauce, and creme caramel. Super intimate (with just 29 covers) and super friendly, this is the place to go if you want to feel like a well-fed, welcomed part of the community.

EAT OF EDEN

If you’re after vegan food in Brixton, you wanna head to Eat of Eden, whose menu of Caribbean plant-based dishes has made them so popular that they’ve been able to expand with two more branches in Clapham and Lewisham. They’re known for their platters, which you can build yourself from the selection of curries, stews, rice and salads. Go for a mini platter (£13.95 for five items), an Eden platter (£19.50 for seven items) or a shared platter (£32 for 12 items) and settle into the Brixton Village patio (you might be here for a while). Expect affordable options and big portions – be careful not to fill up on the jerk jackfruit bites.

THE BLACK FARMER 

25-27 Market Row, London SW9 8LF

Welcome to the farm — we mean farmshop. Wilfred Emmanuel Jones, the first black farmer in the UK, opened the Black Farmer Farmshop in Brixton complete with life-size cows, a deli counter, homeware, and premium wine. You can also grab a bite to eat inside the shop with a menu of freshly made sandwiches, desserts, and more.

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