Pop Brixton

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Pop Brixton

An inexpensive eating destination in Brixton, housed in shipping containers.

Pop Brixton is community initiative in the heart of Brixton, run in partnership with Lambeth Council, showcasing a selection of young businesses (with plenty of restaurants).

Developed in reaction to high street brands dominating storefronts across London, Pop Brixton covers over 1,400 sq m and features a selection of traders – all of which are independent, and a majority of which are local. Operating out of an eclectic jumble of shipping containers, the site is home to serveral bars and street food stalls as well as a number of permanent restaurants, including the highly rated Smoke and Salt. There’s also a large greenhouse space for communal dining. Alongside all this there's a changing schedule of music and entertainment events.

Pop Brixton is currently open all year round, with an open-air look in the summer, and weather-proofing to keep visitors warm and dry during the winter. Entrance is free but, of course, the food and drink isn't.

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Pop Brixton says
Pop Brixton combines the best bits of a street food market, event venue and shopping destination to create a one-of-a-kind space that celebrates Brixton's independent businesses.
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By: Time Out London Food & Drink

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Venue name: Pop Brixton
Address: 49 Brixton Station Road
London
SW9 8PQ
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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Tastemaker

It's great that Pop Brixton now gives us bargain film goers (Ritzy does cheap tickets on a Monday night!) somewhere to eat on a Monday night. I really wanted to give the Ghanaian place a go , but after some confusion was told it had a private party. So i opted for some very nice jerk chicken from Mama Jerk, with plantain & salad! My partner had a Vietnamese salad - both tasty and well priced.

Can't wait to go again

tastemaker

I heard a rumor that all of the hipsters in Brixton are congregated here. All of the food/cocktail/crepe stalls looked delish but was way too crammed to stay and chill on a Sat evening. Bit of a stark contrast to the Brixton markets surrounding it, kind of reminds me of the Braamfontein Market in Johannesburg. 



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I attended the Crazy Circus Party here recently which was a blast. The acrobats were mesmerising, the music was great, the vibe was friendly. I liked that the place has a lot to offer: amazing selection of street food and drinks, cool and spacious interiour. 

I wish every borough had a place like this :)

tastemaker

I've been there for a wine tasting event. I liked the urban style of the stacked containers and the vitality of the people. Between containers, you can also find some street food vendor which makes delicacies from around the world.

tastemaker

A cool street food place with a good selection of food and wines. I got the pizza and dirty fries which were incredible, and the wine from the NZ wine shop was lovely. A great place for a casual meet up, although a lot of it isn't sheltered so the rain can get to you! I'd definitely go back for more food and wine.

tastemaker

An awesome buzzing hub in Brixton filled with pop up restaurants, bars & unique shops. This place has such a great atmosphere, particularly Thursday - Saturday nights. Fantastic place for a chilled evening out with friends or a non-awkward first date as there's so much going on. Explore the crates with everything from Ghanaian food to New Zealand wines to try. Well worth a visit. 

tastemaker

Fun and vibrant venue a stone's throw from Brixton station. We sat on the sun terrace at Zoe's Ghana Kitchen and enjoyed some of the delicious fried chicken and okra fries. My boyfriend had a chicken burger from Other Side Fried and the small bite I had was mind-blowing! There isn't a huge drinks selection up at Zoe's terrace but you can get a drink from any of the other vendors and take it to your table which is perfect! We stayed till the evening and the sounds of DJ Russ Ryan were a disco-tastic delight. The area beneath came alive as a dance floor and it was a great evening! Highly recommend to anyone.

tastemaker

Awesome food and drink venue made out of shipping containers in the heart of Brixton. We had 7pm Saturday night reservations at Sicilian 'Franzina Trattoria'. The food was great and we all managed a starter and a main each, despite being told the plates were big (they weren't). The service was poor and abrupt and they couldn't take tip on card, but none of us had cash (oh well). Had a boogie on the dance floor to some afro beats which was lots of fun. There is plenty to choose from here and offerings for vegetarians/vegans so you won't go hungry!

tastemaker

A veritable hive of activity. The roof's off for the summer, the crafty beers are out, the curry burgers are being prepared and the bubble-wrap greenhouse is all laid out for the summer. Love this place, and only a couple of year's old. Best visit: The New Zealand Wine Cellar!


Craft lager, cool place to hang & the Other Side make the best chicken!


Amazing food and drink from all over the world, a totally eclectic atmosphere and a great community initiative supporting independent, local businesses!


Everything you could want in one place; great food, cool venue, good atmosphere, plenty of bars!


A fantastic use of space with a great community atmosphere and loads of interesting restaurants and bars. Zoe's Ghana Kitchen is my fave! :)

tastemaker

As someone who doesn't frequent South London much this was an absolute joy to discover! everything and I mean everything you need is here! a couple of bars,restaurants and even a stage for live music performances. Your whole night will be sorted if you land here... there's a selection of foods to choose from too! pizza,tacos,African cuisine,Caribbean slice of paradise and plenty of seafood.... Saturday evenings will never be the same once you discover pop brixton.


 This is a VERY cool space, especially when the sun's out - and in case people feel this is a prime example of more gentrification creeping into the area, I'd beg to differ. There's a diverse choice of foodie outlets like Mama Jerk, Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, Koi Ramen and Don Luigi - and initiatives like the Pop Farm are just a wonderful way to bring the community together. It's a shame I'm not a local - I'd be here all the time -  but overall, Pop Brixton is a fab concept that's a great look for the neighbourhood. I look forward to seeing how it gets even better.

tastemaker

Pop Brixton put together food, small and independent shops and good drinks options. It´s a relaxed place where you can choose Ghanaian, Japanese, Peruvian, italian...foods for a good price. It´s free of charge and on Fridays, they open the big container and bring DJs or bands on. This day is especially busy and goes until 12am. Winter days and nights can be fun and cosy there as well.

Staff Writer

Though it has a fair selection, everything was so packed that we had to go to Brixton market to get food. I'm sure if you don't mind balancing a paper plate on a plastic pint glass, this'll be a great time for you but for me and my friends, it was just a bit too... hip.


Pop up trailer food, retail, barber zones, omg! Enjoyed a mixed Vietnamese chilli dumplings, mixed meat Mexican tacos, sourdough pizza. An assault on the taste & feasting eye senses. Washed down with a perfectly balanced chilled cider which had a hint of pear, light lager & apples - yum tastic, 10/10 - this West Country girl approves!!! . Enjoyed against a free seating social herb garden, festival type market eating. Such a cool, innovative trailer pop up, artsy start up space, which is actually bloody good food and booze. I love Brixton pop up.

Tastemaker

I like this place, I do and I think come the summer I'd love to spend evenings down here munching on the food with a few drinks and friends however it was toooo early in Spring to enjoy as it is all outside (I was just too cold). I also came during an event so it was soooo busy and getting any food meant long queues - not what I enjoy. I can really recommend Donastio however I didn't get to try much else. Dying to try the pizza and the Baba G's. For me PopBrixton is too far out the way from where I live when there are other fab street markets nearer.

Tastemaker

This is one of the cool funky permanent pop up things young hipsters are supposed to go to right? It reminded me strongly of Boxpark in Shoreditch, but much better priced and welcoming. Some great food options here, from Mama Jerk to Made of Dough's excellent pizza, and popping into the Ritzy is a sure option if you want to catch a good film - the selection is well curated and tickets are at affordable prices. Stop by for a look and a bite and even stay on if you find yourself in the Brixton area. 

Tastemaker

Pop Brixton is a great little hive of activity, grab a bite to eat from one of the many food stalls, get your craft on with a make do and mend workshop, or watch a film while freezing your tits off in the Pop Ritzy. I visited on a very rainy Sunday afternoon, which had somewhat scared away the crowds resulting in a bit of a ghost town. Never the less, it did result in super quick service. We tried out the quesadillas from Maria Sabina Mexican stall, which were really good, but could have done with a bit more of a kick. The Pop Ritzy is located in the middle of container-jungle. I've not been to other pop-up cinemas, so can't compare, but I was a tad disappointed to be honest. It may look cool, but it was blinking cold (despite the blankets) and two hours sat on a hard foldaway chair took me back to memories of crappy school assemblies, not ideal. The film was really good (The Birdman) and it was good to see it on the big screen, but I think next time I'd save myself £6 and watch the DVD from the comfort of my sofa. Get some deck chairs and maybe I'll reconsider.

Tastemaker

I went to see Birdman in the Pop Ritzy on a rainy Sunday midday. When we arrived we went straight for the cinema - it's not a huge venue, but makes it more familiar to watch a movie there. I love the idea that they offer you blankets, as it has been freezing (and unfortunately the chairs get quite uncomfortable after a while). The movie was really good, although slightly too long for my liking. At one point it started raining and instead of getting annoyed by it, it added to the cosy atmosphere in a " rain on a tent" (camping) kind of way.


After the movie we had a quick stroll around the pop up, but because of the weather we didn't last long (which might have been the reason why it felt slightly deserted - or the fact that it was the bank holiday Sunday).


But it was definitely worth going all the way down to Brixton and I will try to come back to spend some more time there.

Tastemaker

I normally find pop ups to be a mixed bag. Some I've absolutely loved and some just seem to be cashing in on the pop up scene. Popup Brixton has a really good mixture of different types of street food. Have coffee and a crepe to start the morning, catch a film at the Ritzy then come back for Ramen and wine! It may not be that big (or that small) but it fits in just about the right amount of seating/standing space and stalls, and sits nicely in it's surrounding area. It wasn't wildly busy when I was there and I imagine it would lose some of it's charm if it was. It has a makeshift roof to keep the rain away and something severely lacking from other foodie pop ups, toilets!


Not one of London's must sees but definitely worth a stroll and a coffee (or two).

Tastemaker

I came for a movie at Pop Ritzy (Birdman! What else would inspire me to travel to Brixton all the way from NW) and left well-fed (thanks to Koi Ramen) and slightly drunk (thanks to NZ Wine). And a Homegrown flatwhite saw me through the movie (it was a rainy Easter Sunday, you see). I've seen container boxes piled up on top of each other before (thinking Boxpark Shoreditch), but the Brixtonites have outdone the East London people, if you ask me. The space is friendly and welcoming and feels warmer (very useful, as, you see, it was a rainy Easter Sunday, after all). If only I didn't live so far, I would be back already. Well done, Brixtonites!

moderatorStaff Writer

Now my go-to dinner spot in Brixton - l love that there's always a lively atmosphere but still space to sit. Obviously we always try Kricket first but Hook's jerk fish and chips is so delicious and Made of Dough make an excellent pizza too. Buy drinks from the bar rather than the food stalls, though; you'll get more predictable prices.

Tastemaker

For the first time I went to POP Brixton for Lunch with a group of friends.

It's a different atmosphere from evening as you have loads of families and kids about, I really enjoyed it. 

Tastemaker

Having loved Pop since it popped up (sorry), great food, great drinks, overall great vibes, I recently attended the Pop Ritzy for a screening of The Graduate which is actually ran by The Ritzy. With only about 25 people in the wooden area, it was a very different and enjoyable experience. With a small bar at the back and blankets on the seats (although it wasn't too cold) there was nothing else we needed! A little pricey for what it is (standard cinema ticket, remember you are outside!) but really nice for a treat. Sitting back and relaxing with a beer in hand to watch a classic like The Graduate, I can't think of any better way to pass a Sunday afternoon...!

Tastemaker

If you're hungry for multicultural marvellous magic in Brixton, pop by Pop.
If you like having German beer, NZ wine, local cocktails, or craft beer amongst friends, pop by Pop.
Ultimate foodie venue for chilled out times, before you pop out for further party times.

P.S. This vego highly recommends the vego hotbox at the Vietnamese hut.


Pop Brixton is doing some great things! The food and drink is great but they are also giving back to the community and the space gives local start ups an opportunity to showcase their products and services. Get your Gyoza on and make sure you grab tasty craft beer from the little gin hut (forgot the stalls name) 


One of the coolest food and drink markets in London. 

It's pretty original, full of old containers (like this style) and there are a bunch of good place to eat.

Recommended for Friday night / Saturdays

Tastemaker

Such a great venue for dinner and drinks with friends. Pop Brixton has a really relaxed atmosphere, lots of seating, a good variety of food to try, and reasonable prices!


I LOVE Pop Brixton - what a great environment for family in the day time and friends in the night time. Great food, great fun.


such a great venue with something for everyone. and an amazing ice cream place that make it in front of you!


Pop Brixton is a great addition to the area. Its position reflects that it is on the edge of the community but as a use of an empty car park that Lambeth had no idea what to do with it is brilliant. I love the vibe on a sunny day. But it feels full of visitors and not the regular customers that frequent Electric Avenue and Granville arcade. It has its place and its great but temporary.There is a great buzz. There benefit from great press but if you look at the picture above it says it all. Fun, a little bit corporate...multicultural? you decide....

Tastemaker

I popped over to Pop (sorry!) on Saturday in the bright, blazing sunshine with an empty belly ready to make the most of the goodies installed in all those little containers. After walking round and making that agonising choice of where to eat, I chose Miss P's BBQ and had a pulled pork bun with cajun fries. Service was appalling but it tasted amazing so who cares! And afterwards I couldn't resist an amazing oreo cupcake from the beautifully presented Supercute Macarons stall. As delicious as they are enticing. Don't miss them. Pop is a great place to spend a couple of hours. As we munched on our extremely healthy goodies :-S we watched a beat-box off and listened to music while chatting away on the picnic benches in the courtyard. Walking around there are little vintage clothes and home shops tucked away in nooks and crannies and fun art adorning the walls of the containers. Certainly worth a visit if you're at a loss for where to spend a few hours this weekend!

Tastemaker

A great new addition to Brixton which is lively and buzzing most most importantly doesn't feel overcrowded. With plenty of food and drink on offer it's the perfect place to spend a few hours on a summer afternoon- not too sure about winter though! Me and my companion chilled in the 'greenhouse' whilst listening to the live music on the stage below. Everyone was so relaxed- talking, laughing, eating, drinking- whatever! As a community project for startups and small local business's, I for one couldn't be happier it's here.


A really buzzy and vibrant addition to the community and a great initiative for those starting out on their business ventures. The events for both adults and children in the day really help in an area affected badly by the cuts. It's nice to see something that is there for the locals who have been in Brixton for many years but also accommodates the newer residents.

moderatorStaff Writer

A wonderful atmosphere with an excellent variety of food and drink sellers. Unlike the Brixton Market bars and restaurants it never feels crowded and queue-ridden, only lively. Have had many repeat visits just to try everything out.

Tastemaker

This new pop up is a welcome addition to the Brixton food scene. I had wanted to visit since it opened, and ended up going for a quick bite to eat on a Friday afternoon before heading to a show near Victoria station. The atmosphere was open and relaxed, with plenty of seating upstairs, and several food stalls downstairs. A Cajun fish burger with fries and a glass of organic white wine hit the spot. My boyfriend had tonkotsu ramen, which was also tasty, and a craft beer from the selection on offer at the bar. The place was starting to fill up with people coming after work by the time we left, and the atmosphere was great. I will definitely be returning to this little gem in the south of London!

moderatorStaff Writer

The set up and the concept is great however as every new pop up, the hype has driven far too many people on evenings and weekends. If the weather is good its a pleasure to chill in the sun with some reggae vibes on a Sunday. I would definitely recommend to try out Yumitub, a homemade ice-cream originally from Thailand. You chose which cream you like and two flavourings which are all poured on what looks like a crepe maker but is actually an iced surface. The wait can be long, but it is totally worth it!

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