The Windmill Brixton

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The Windmill Brixton
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The Windmill

'We didn't set out to be a venue as such, but live music at the Windmill just kinda evolved,' claims this small (capacity 150), low-down and eccentric, but perfectly well-formed venue in a back street off Brixton Hill. It's a good encapsulation of the ethos that seems to keep the place going strong and has earned respect for its (seven-night-a-week) bills of all things cultish, underground and generally leftfield. The Windmill is rough and ready, but also candlelit and welcoming and takes its name from an adjacent actual windmill, which was built in 1816, but fell into disuse in 1935. There's a small back yard, too, where barbeques are held every Sunday afternoon from 5pm and – bizarrely – quite often dogs can be seen/heard prowling across the venue's low roof.

Venue name: The Windmill Brixton
Address: 22 Blenheim Gardens
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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David R

Wonderfully intimate, relaxed, slightly ramshackle place with amazing live music most nights of the week and friendly staff every night of the week. A local institution that draws people from all over London. I hope it will always be there. UNESCO should be made aware.

Stevie R

I moved to Brixton for the live music and the Windmill is one of the last surviving small venues, we have lost so many others due to gentrification and property development. Tim, Seamus and Kathleen are keeping the heart of live music beating.

Sam B

Hot. Sweaty. Load. The Windmill is a tiny venue with a massive attitude. It's a classic music dive (that's a compliment, BTW!) full of South London charm. They even have their own dog on the roof. Cheap door prices and almost non-London prices at the bar. 

Laura C

The grubby-run-down-toilet-door-graffitied-indie-gig-venue you've been searching for. They serve their own beer called Roof Dog - named after the dog that sits on the roof the establishment, obviously. Go for an all-dayer where amongst all the great new live acts they also cook up a BBQ in the beer garden!


One of a kind. Friendly and fun, and the staff are fantastic. There's something about the place that either attracts the nicest of acts, or puts them in a good enough mood that they'll stand around and chat after the show. That's a nice touch. And for such a small venue they get some pretty big players. It's enough to put you off stadiums forever.

Marianne Mc Maz

Five Stars all the way! A brilliant bar, great atmosphere and a really fun crowd. I always visit in when I'm in London, seen some darn good bands there. Only ten minutes from Brixton tube. Great BBQ's too!