Brixton Windmill

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Brixton Windmill
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Built in 1816 and in service until 1934, Brixton Windmill reopened to the public in 2011, after undergoing a £600,000 restoration, and has recently been shortlisted for a Museums and Heritage Award for Excellence. The Windmill holds open days throughout the year. Visitors are reminded that, as a former industrial building, there are potential dangers to visiting the site, including steep ladders, low beams and heavy machinery. It's also a small space, so the number of visitors at any one time is restricted. Children are welcome but because of the steep ladders, they are not allowed to go above the first floor if they are less than 1.2 metres tall (kids must be able to climb the stairs by themselves). On open days there are short tours of the building, which don't require booking, and longer tours with access to the upper floors, which must be booked in advance (
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Brixton Windmill says
The only working windmill in inner-London. You can buy freshly-ground flour when you visit!
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Venue name: Brixton Windmill
Address: Windmill Gardens
West end of Blenheim Gardens
Opening hours: 2013 open days and tours include: Mar 30, 31, Apr 13, 14, May 6, 11, 12, Jun 8, 9, 22, 23, Jul 13, 14, Jul 27-Aug 4, Aug 10, 11, 25, Sep 14, 15, 22, Oct 5, 12, 13
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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Despite having lived in South London for 5 years and even been to the Windmill venue, I only recently discovered that there is a windmill in Brixton and it's a cool one at that.

If you happen to visit on an open day, which I did, then you may be able to have a short tour around the outside and first floor. Full tours are for those who book in advance.

The history of the windmill is very interesting and it has been renovated inside so that it runs on electricity. Brixton organic, wholegrain flour is available to purchase with a minimum donation to the Windmill which is a registered charity.

It's well worth a visit to the Windmill even if you just see it from the outside and pop into the cafe to pick-up some of the very tasty flour.