Brixton area guide

Discover everything from charming independent restaurants to late night clubbing institutions with our guide to the best of Brixton

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Situated smack bang in the centre of south London, Brixton has become a go-to haunt for foodies, clubbers, artists and rockers alike. This cultural mecca is filled with a sense of community, which is evident for anyone who has shopped in Brixton Village or enjoyed a drink with local residents outside the Ritzy cinema. And for those in search of a party, Brixton’s famous live venues, including the Brixton Academy and Hootananny, draw in the late night crowds.

Where to eat in Brixton

Franco Manca

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 4 Market Row, (Electric Lane), SW9 8LD
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Boqueria Tapas

  • Rated as: 5/5
  1. 192 Acre Lane, SW2 5UL
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Honest Burgers

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Unit 12, Coldharbour Lane, (Brixton Village Market), SW9 8PR
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KaoSarn

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Brixton Village Market, (Coldharbour Lane), SW9 8PR
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Where to visit in Brixton

Brixton Market

Compared to the culinary homogeneity of Borough market et al, Brixton is a sensory fiesta. The air is thick with the sizzle of jerk chicken stalls, tinny reggae riddims and yam-based price disputes while the multi-coloured hues of exotic fish displays glimmer like a whiffy rainbow. And for every hipster rammed into one of the (justifiably) rave reviewed eateries in the newly trendified Brixton Village (that's the covered arcades), a stack of bargain basement exotic produce still teeters like a nutritious Jenga set.

  1. Electric Avenue, Pope's Road, Brixton Station Road, SW9 8JX
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Brixton Village

This once derelict arcade is open late on Thursday nights when it becomes a hive of activity, with workshops, live music and queues of foodies lining up to sample its culinary delights.

  1. Granville Arcade, Atlantic Road, SW9 8PS
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Brockwell Park

Locals from Herne Hill, Tulse Hill and Brixton flock here in summer to sun worship (if they're lucky), fly kites, swim in the outside pool, play football and parade a stunning array of really rather vicious dogs. It's big, diverse and interesting, with numerous areas to appeal to different tastes, from the calm, rolling meadows around Tulse Hill to the sloped football pitches by the Dulwich Road.

  1. Dulwich Rd, SE24 0NG
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Ritzy Cinema Brixton

Enjoy a drink and catch a movie (arthouse or mainstream) at Brixton's cultural hub where locals flock to experience decent prices and a good cup of coffee.

  1. Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG
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What's on in Brixton this week?

Fatboy Slim

  • Critics choice
  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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  1. Brixton Market Electric Avenue, Pope's Road, Brixton Station Road, SW9 8JX
  2. Tue Apr 1 - Thu Apr 30
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Salon 14

  • Free
  1. Photofusion 17a Electric Lane, SW9 8LA
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Fri Jan 30
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The Game

  • Critics choice
  1. Electric Brixton Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ
  2. Fri Dec 19
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XOYO Loves

  • Critics choice
  1. Electric Brixton Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL
  2. Fri Dec 19
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  1. LOST Theatre Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JU
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Jan 3
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  1. Plan B Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 7AY
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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Great nights out in Brixton

© Richard Heald



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Tony
Tony

Near Brixton in Ferndale road, there is also the Chocolate Museum, it's free and you taste the chocolatier products, really nice. You can also try workshops but you will have to book it. http://thechocolatemuseum.co.uk/

Jazz
Jazz

There is a really exciting new gallery just opened on Atlantic Road, it's called the'Knight Webb Gallery' and they have a show which features artists from across the world!

Formatge
Formatge

It is a shame you really don't know the area, there are way better places than the very obvious ones you have mentioned. Brixton is the best town south of the river bar none

sel de meredith
sel de meredith

I didn't make it to Brixton on my last London visit, but this fall (post-Olympix-craze), I plan to go back and check this out: http://www.smart-urban-stage.com/blog/post/brixton-pound/ The Brixton pound, the neighborhood's very own currency. Had heard about the Dutch doing something along these lines, very arty sort of thing, but I am interested to see it in action, as a way to stimulate the local economy. Pretty cool.

Mark
Mark

On the 4th May Joe Le Groove and Mark Dale get together to launch this free exciting brand new night Shatter Proof, at southwest London freshest new venue Electric Social. Both Mark Dale and Joe Le Groove have been involved in London’s underground scene for over 15 years, playing in clubs such as Egg, Pacha, Ministry of Sound, The Cross, Aquarium to name a few. On this night expect all kinds of audio and visual trickery, beginning at 8pm with electronic disco funk and taking a journey all the way thought to the freshest Tech House dance floor essentials. Joining them on the night for a guest set will be superstar producer and Dj Asad Rizvi, Reverberations label front man, playing his own very special blend of House. The bank holiday weekend starts here with Shatter Proof @ Electric Social on the 4th May. Remember it’s free admission, so please arrive early because we have special surprise, electronic disco DJs to start the night with and soon to be announced.

EXPLODING CINEMA!
EXPLODING CINEMA!

The EXPLODING CINEMA 20th Birthday Party SHOW! Saturday October 29th The Dogstar, Brixton // 8pm till late • Membership £5 // Tube & Rail: Brixton // Before “Pop-Up”cinema, before Vimeo, before even YouTube, there was a place where independent filmmakers could screen their work to a popular audience without selection, censorship or submission fee. A place free from the ‘broadcast quality’ of commercial media and the elite cliques of the Art academy. A convivial democracy which first revealed the utopian secret : a short film made by an amateur with no budget and domestic technology could be better than a Hollywood feature or an Art gallery masterpiece. Twenty years after the first show in a squatted sun tan oil factory in Brixton, after hundreds of regular screenings, spectacular events in an outdoor swimming pool, a circus tent, a deconsecrated church, rooftops, pubs, squats, clubs and railway arches, after tours of Europe, after spin off groups in Brighton, Amsterdam and Los Angeles, after screening thousands of short films to thousands of people, it’s time to celebrate twenty years of the Exploding Cinema ! // Featuring: HALLOWEEN revels, short films, psychedelic visuals, performance, soundtracks... and, on two screens, classics from the Exploding vault // Special guest : the Man from Uranus www.explodingcinema.org www.facebook.com/explodingcinema http://www.antic-ltd.com/dogstar/ NO STARS NO FUNDING NO TASTE

DJ GIOVANNI
DJ GIOVANNI

this friday the Disco houstlers will be atthe Music Bar 144hill play thebest of electro house tech plus mc:s and live pa its a must see a event as the soundsystem it one of the best to apear in the notting hill carnival 2011

Catriona
Catriona

Brixton Village market arcades are now open Thurs-Sat evenings and also on Sundays.