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15 fabulous Brixton spots, as recommended by locals

Londoners spill the beans on their favourite things to eat, drink, see and do in the Brixton neighbourhood

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Time Out Tastemakers

Cultural melting pot, foodie hotspot, gentrification flashpoint: when it comes to Brixton, ‘vibrant’ doesn’t cut it. Our local experts, the Time Out Tastemakers, pick their fave places.

Best breakfast or brunch

‘Crêpes at Senzala – an exciting fusion of Brazilian and French cuisine.’ LeeLee Seah

Canova Hall. It’s set in an old department store building and their bottomless brunch is great value.’ Chelsey Campbell

Best lunch

Tiger & Pig in Brixton Village serves really delicious bao buns, which are just the right size for a nice filling lunch.’ Georgie Pursey

Pop Brixton is one of my favourite things about Brixton: sitting in the sunshine with delicious food!’ Reena Magudia

‘It’s a tad out there, but The Clink is a super-cool idea. It’s booking-only and all the food is prepped and served by inmates.’ Katherine Glaubius                               

Best dinner

Boqueria: fantastic, authentic Spanish tapas.’ Jade Appleby

Smoke & Salt served me the best meal of my year the other day. The £25 set menu is outstanding value and the broccoli dish is the best goddamn vegetable I’ve had in my life.’ Georgie Pursey

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Best cheap eat

Refill is a Brixton institution. Great food, not-so-great service (as is customary in a Jamaican takeaway) and one of the few places left where Brixton still feels like Brixton!’ Kristel Tracey

Best pub

The Duke of Edinburgh. The highlight is the giant beer garden hidden out the back: locals flock to it when the sun’s out!’ Lauren Wuleng

The Prince of Wales. Their rooftop parties are always entertaining, particularly Soca on De Roof.’ Annette Boateng

Best place for fun

The Windmill Brixton: see a gig at this quirky pub!’ Jade Appleby

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Best green space

‘My flat looks over Brockwell Park, which is such a gorgeous space. When you reach the peak of the hill you can see from the London Eye to Canary Wharf.’ Georgie Pursey

Brixton Windmill and its cute little park. You wouldn’t even know you’re in London when you stand beside it.’ Lynsey Frost

Best place to shop

Brixton Market is full of fruit and vegetables from all around the world in amazing colours and shapes. Each weekend I try to choose something I’ve never had and ask for tips on how to cook it. Absolutely love it.’ Tiago Almeida

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Best thing to do

‘Attend a gig at the Brixton Academy! I spent a lot of my teenage years there. The sloping floor means even a shortarse like me can see the acts from the back.’ Lynsey Frost

Your essential guide to Brixton

  • Things to do

Situated smack bang in the centre of south London, Brixton has become a go-to haunt for foodies, clubbers, artists and rockers alike. Explore this cultural mecca by browsing Brixton Village, enjoying a drink with local residents outside the Ritzy cinema and eating your way around all the best restaurants. 

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