Brixton
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This neighborhood in South Central London is a hive of cultural activity that offers a number of restaurants, accommodations and shops to suit practically every taste and style.
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,091 contributions
Apr 2021
Brixton is a suburb of London which is located in the South of the city. There are a number of buses to the area and also the Victoria line goes there and there are trains to Brixton railway station from Victoria station.

The area is a melting pot of culture and there are a variety of places to get something to eat. the David Bowie memorial is in the area along with Brixton Academy which is one of the best music venues in London.

Also there is the road Electric Avenue which I think is one of the coolest names for a road EVER!
Written April 6, 2021
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travelingkr2011
Houston, TX220 contributions
Nov 2019
We visited the Brixton area and really enjoyed our visit. This urban area of London has a lot of culture with restaurants, shops and murals. It is popular amongst young and older adults. We went on a Sunday evening in November and it was busy.
Written July 22, 2020
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Natasha_J_Soliar
London, UK420 contributions
Mar 2019
I'm often in Brixton for dance events {Ballroom & Latin Tea Dances at the Town Hall and Argentine Tangoing at The Market House} and to The Ritzy for preview film screenings yet I've never written about it before.

Brixton hasa thriving High Street, with Brixton market full of traditional stalls and outlets, eateries pubs and venues plus Electric Avenue made famous by 980's singer Eddie Grant.

I like the underground station which is really spacious and well designed with lifts and wide multiple stairs and even the flower pots in the Supervisors office welcoming you to Brixton . . that's how warm and friendly it is.

On the Victoria line, the last stop from Walthamstow, Brixton is well worth a visit whether you're a tourist or a Brit, you'll always be made welcome in Brixton.
Written January 28, 2020
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Jannette B
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Solo
The food was absolutely appalling. Very very disappointing. The curry had no flavour. It was full of water where someone tried to make up the gravey and drowned the meat. The rice and peas was nice I have to admit that BUT the curry was a disgrace and disgraceful. I’m still in shock.
Written March 30, 2022
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northants90
Northampton, UK2,952 contributions
Jul 2020
Stayed a weekend here and it was really vibrant and busy. Lots to see and do and stress free. Check out Brockwell Park - just lovely and the underground provides a night service to the city centre at the weekend - access and travel is really easy. Highly recommended part of town.
Written July 14, 2020
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Sven Eriksson
1 contribution
Aug 2020
Seeing Brixton with Sean-Taylor from City Unscripted was the highlight of my stay. He brought the whole place to life- on the face of it, you could just think it was just another slightly run-down suburb of London. With ST you could taste the history and culture of the place from its roots in multiculturalism to the music scene to the most amazing food. Love the place and the people.
Written September 11, 2020
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Brian T
London, UK6,725 contributions
Aug 2020
Some 25 years ago, when I first came to the U.K. to live, Brixton was edgy, funky, eclectic and interesting, with quirky shops, and fruit and vegetable stalls in the markets brimming with all the exotic stuff you just couldn’t get in supermarkets - custard apples, choko, star fruit, bread fruit, feijoa, soursops, and many different varieties of pumpkin.

These days, to me, it’s lost a lot of that appeal. The vibe now is more down-to-earth, a bit gritty, though still somewhat reflective of its Caribbean roots. Electric Avenue is looking a bit tired and shabby, full of outlets selling cheap household goods, clothing and fake designer stuff, and all manner of bric-a-brac and junk. There seemed to be an overload of those ‘everything for £1’ shops. The streets weren’t particularly clean, and whilst there was some fabulous street murals on some of the buildings, there was also a lot of ugly graffiti.

The neighbourhood has had a checkered history, with riots and issues with drugs and crime. I believe those issues have improved considerably. On my walk through Brixton some weeks ago I didn’t feel particularly safe, but that was mainly in relation to the pandemic we are currently living through. There were signs everywhere about social distancing, but no one was practicing it; there were people crowding around stalls; people approached me in close range to sell me stuff. Very few were wearing masks in many of the stores. It unsettled me.

There’s various things to see. Brixton is known for its market places: the open pedestrianised market on Electric Avenue, and the covered markets of the enclosed Brixton Village and Market Row areas. There’s also the open space of Windrush Square, with the Black Cultural Archives (a heritage museum devoted to preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. A little further afield, up the hill a bit, is the curious Brixton Windmill. The lovely expanse of Brockwell Park is on the neighbourhood edge, towards the neighbourhood of Herne Hill.

The area is fine for a browse, and to see some of the street art. But there’s not much else that would draw me back to the neighbourhood in the immediate future.
Written November 3, 2020
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Flyingfish
London, UK4 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Brixton is a real rough diamond, I love it!
It's a great place for eating, inspiration, people-watching, present shopping, night-life and music.
This isn't a pristine, bourgeois area, it's a lively hub of southern transport networks with loads going on... it won't appeal to everyone - but if you like a place with character, diversity, quirky shops, endless choice of cafés & an edgy, funky feel, I expect you'll love it too.
Don't expect to find its pleasures on the high street - you need to go there with an open mind and a little time to explore. I really like it that instead of the boring array of chain stores found in most town centres it has a whole network of markets and streets full of independent small shops & food places to discover and explore.
You could start by heading off the high street into the covered markets - as soon as you step into them you feel like you've stepped into another country, a kind of multicultural Diagon Alley... there's Reliance Arcade with tiny shops with everything from popcorn to cobblers; Market Row with a delightfully bizarre array of shops and eating places including one of the best pizza places in the UK (Franco Manca); Brixton Village where you can go Round the World in 80 minutes in culinary terms (British, French, Japanese, Pakistani, Ghanaian, Columbian, Italian, Mexican, Caribbean, Chinese to name a few).
Come out the other side to find Pop Brixton, a kind of mall made of repurposed shipping containers where you can eat, drink, see live music, buy all sorts of surprising things or just take a rest in the covered seating area upstairs.
And the open air markets in Electric Ave & Station Road are worth checking out too.
This is an area alive with musical history, which many visitors will partake of at the O2 Academy Brixton, but there are numerous smaller venues, pubs, clubs, and sometimes festivals or buskers, there's a life and a joy to street activities in Brixton which you will find at events in Windrush Square, the St Matthews Peace Garden and Brockwell Park.
There used to be a big alternative and artistic scene here & you'll still find plenty of street art.
And there's the historic Ritzy cinema, the Black Cultural Archives, a local department store (Morleys) and even a functioning windmill, still producing flour. Brockwell Park is the balancer for Brixton folk - a big beautiful tranquil green space with ponds, secret garden, fantastic playground, and spectacular views of central London from the top of the hill.
You could spend a long time here and not get bored!
Written November 19, 2018
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Colin L
Singapore, Singapore760 contributions
May 2015 • Family
Right at the very end of the Victoria line, this district of South London is a working class suburb with an eclectic mix of cultures.

The minute you step out of the tube station, your senses will be pummeled with West Indian, Asian humanity.

A short walk is Electric Avenue where street vendors play their ware from luggage, to trinkets, and grocery items.

Brixton Market is another location not to be missed. Housing various eateries of various cultures and countries, you can get a very decent bite to eat at a price which does not burn a hole in your pocket.

Once a place where racial tensions resulted in discord between the local residents and the police, Brixton today, at least during daylight hours is a place to spend an hour or two to see how very different London can be from the usual tourist haunts of the West End.
Written May 5, 2015
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swift314
Sheffield, UK12,551 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
My own experience of Brixton is pretty bad as the only time i went a few weeks ago i had my wallet stolen so for me not a place i will be going back to
Written October 15, 2015
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