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Brixton Beach is coming back for the summer

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Alexandra Sims

Look lively Brixton, your patch of south-west London is about to become a tropical summer paradise. That’s right, Brixton Beach is on its way back to the capital and this year salsa-swaying, cigar-rolling, party-loving Cuba is the theme. With a combination of tropical cocktails, street food and immersive parties, Brixton Rooftop is turning into one big Havana-style party.

Piña coladas, cubanitos and mojitos will be flowing from a bar decorated with exotic flowers and you can even pick your own garnish for your tipple. For grub, there’ll be a rotating choice of street-food vendors, with mac ’n’ cheese bites from Mac to the Future, plus Nanban, Del 74 and STAKEhaus. While every Thursday you can tuck into different barbecue chef residencies from renowned BBQ joints from across the city, including Dirty Bones, Mama’s Jerk and Negril.

Each weekend the roof will be raised with performances from house, garage and disco DJs, plus traditional Latin American brass bands and cabaret. The line-up includes Ben Pearce, Norman Jay MBE, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Maxxi Soundsystem, Paul Woolford and PBR Streetgang. And if you thought Sunday was a day of rest, think again: the beach’s Sunday sessions will have some of London’s top promoters, including Solid Grooves, Metalheadz, Midnight Riot and Supa Dupa Fly, taking over the roof for Cuban-style parties.

If that’s not enough, the beach will also be hosting a summer-long residency from Ministry Does Fitness so you can get sweaty in HIIT, zumba and yoga sessions. If you’re more of a film buff than a fitness freak, Brixton Rooftop will be hosting a series of rooftop cinema screenings, including cult classics and guilty pleasures. 

The beach will also be celebrating Cuba’s biggest holiday, Carnival de Cuba, in July with its own beach carnival, complete with Cuban dancers and afro-Cuban drum music. So, get ready to don your panama hat, hit the roof and cross your fingers for some suitably tropical weather.

Brixton Beach launches at Brixton Rooftop, Pope’s Road, SW9 8JH on Friday 25 May. For a full programme of events and to book tickets see here. A range of group-booking packages are available, including private seating in three open fronted Cuban huts. Larger bookings, occupying separate sections of the roof, as well as complete venue hire are also available. Opening times throughout the summer: Mon-Thu 6pm-11pm, Fri 6pm-12am, Sat 1pm-12am and Sun 1pm-11pm.

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