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LONDON- AUGUST, 2018: Exterior of O2 Academy Brixton, a leading London music venue near the centre of Brixton, south west London
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Six fab things to do in Stockwell, picked by a trusty local

An insider’s guide to this vibrant part of south London

Written by
Marcus Barnes

Green space, live music, authentic restaurants: south London has it all. Now that the weather is getting brighter, why not have a stroll around Stockwell and soak up all that the area has to offer? We asked local Wesley Evans, manager of The Great Weekender tour guide service, to share what he thinks are the best bits. 

1. Max Roach Park

‘Named after the African-American jazz drummer Max Roach, this little green area is a great place to chill. You’ll also find the ruins of Brixton Castle here.’ 
Villa Rd, SW9 7ND.

2. Brixton Jamm

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‘A proper grassroots venue that has maintained a high standard of bookings and curation for well over a decade now. Everything from UKG to disco is pumped through an excellent sound system.’
261 Brixton Rd, SW9 6LH.

3. Little Portugal

‘On Stockwell Road, you’ll find several authentic Portuguese establishments, like O Cantinho de Portugal. And there are more Portuguese businesses close by.’
Stockwell Rd, SW9

4. Stockwell Skatepark

‘A subversive cultural space that has been kept intact by developers, while the surrounding area has been transformed. The skate park is busy every day of the week.’
Stockwell Rd, SW9 0XZ.

5. O2 Academy Brixton

‘A key south London concert venue, Brixton Academy hosts everyone from Skunk Anansie to Paul Weller, M Huncho to Groove Armada.’
211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL.

6. David Bowie’s birthplace

‘Just a few minutes’ walk from Stockwell Hall of Fame is the house where David Bowie was born, and lived until he was six years old. Perfect for Ziggy Stardust fans.’
40 Stansfield Rd, SW9 9RY.

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