The best bits of Brixton
Eight things you’ll learn if you live in Brixton
Brixtonites love their neighbourhood – so if you've lived there long enough, here are a few observations that'll inevitably ring true. MCDONALD'S #southlondonshops #brixton A photo posted by South London Shops (@southlondonshops) on Dec 10, 2015 at 4:37pm PST 1. The pull of the 24-hour McDonald's is too strong No matter how many times you’ve promised yourself you won’t, chances are come 11pm on a Friday after several hours drinking and no sign of dinner, you’ll find yourself ordering 20 chicken nuggets, faster than you can say 'gentrification'. There’s a high chance this may be repeated at 3am on Saturday night (damn you Maccie D's and our poor self-control). A photo posted by hilarymaeallen (@hilarymaeallen) on Dec 8, 2015 at 12:52am PST 2. It’s ALWAYS busy The buzz of Brixton may have attracted you to the area, but the sheer amount of people on the high street at any time of day or night is a menace, especially when you’re trying to run for the tube to meet that friend who you’re already late for. An hour's queue for an Honest Burger isn't ideal either. On the plus side, there’s never a dull moment. 3. Navigating Brixton Village is easy... if you know how You know the difference between the Village and Market Row while tourists are usually walking around in circles, looking confused. A photo posted by Rasmus Støvelbæk Olsen (@urbanus_1) on Aug 19, 2015 at 12:03am PDT 4. The Victoria line is the best Getting on the Vict
There's a community fridge in Brixton where you can donate food to those in need
Here are some stats that’ll leave a bad taste in your mouth. Each year in the UK we throw away around £17 billion worth of food. UK households discard an average of 24 edible meals a month, but at the same time, 8.4 million people in the UK (that's about the same size as London’s population) live in food insecurity. In the face of these stats, a group of Londoners hoping to tackle the problem have created London’s first community fridge. The People’s Fridge, which launched this week at Pop Brixton, is run by a group of local volunteers and aims to slash food waste, support food sharing and tackle poverty. Anyone can donate food or take it from the fridge, and the retailers at Pop Brixton will help stock and clean it every day. Bought and paid for by the public through a crowdfunding campaign that broke its £1,000 target in just three days, the fridge aims to be a secure place for retailers, restaurants and individuals to share fresh food with those who need it most. It joins hundreds of similar projects around the world including fridges launched in Spain, Germany, India, and elsewhere in the UK. The People's Fridge is at Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, SW9 8PQ. Want to do some good? Here are 28 simple ways you can make London better. Photo: Sebastian Wood
Restaurants in Brixton
Bars and pubs in Brixton
Hotels in Brixton
Premier Inn London Brixton
The purple livery of this 89-room branch of the country’s largest hotel chain caused some consternation in the Brixton conservation area when it opened in July 2016. Nonetheless, those familiar budget comforts (luxury king-size Hypnos beds, flat screen TVs and decent showers) have worked their magic. Out-of-towners, drawn to the much-vaunted raw glamour of the hip and happening area, keep it busy. If you don't fancy the pretty standard restaurant fare here, join the lively queues for the excellent pizzas at Franco Manca in the popular market: you're no distance away.
Great nights out in Brixton
Discover the best places to go drinking in Brixton from gastropubs to cocktail bars Brixton has established a reputation as a great place to enjoy a drink. From the affordable cocktails and buzzy vibe at Lounge to the guest ales and cosy atmosphere at the Prince Regent, take a look at Brixton's best boozers.Think we've missed out one of Brixton's finest watering holes? Let us know in the comments box below. Florence That the people behind the light, modern Florence care about beer is obvious from the phenomenal range on offer and the helpful tasting notes on all the pumps. In fact, as the copper vats just beyond the main bar show, they care about it enough to brew their own, and their fruity Dam Tasty Beaver and Bonobo beers are in no way overshadowed by the competition at the bar (Meantime Pale Ale, Duvel Green). A regularly updated menu (slow-roast lamb, white bean chilli and the like) is well matched by an imaginative wine list. Past the vats, a roomy conservatory with a table football table and an open kitchen leads to a capacious decked terrace and a separate children’s and garden room. Popular with all ages, and deservedly so. White Horse The White Horse attracts an adult, professional but as-yet-unnested clientele happy to enjoy the generous opening hours. It’s all slightly clubby yet laid-back: the dangling disco balls are embellished with sunflower petals, there are big candles and flowers on each table, the day’s papers rest on the bar
Whether you're looking for a pub with a late licence or a super club where you can dance the night away, Brixton's roster of great clubs ensures that the party needn't end early. Begin your evening at London's first ever DJ bar, Dogstar on Coldharbour Lane, before moving on to the 600 capacity Jamm nightclub with music ranging from hip-hop and R&B to hard house and trance.Think we've missed out one of Brixton's best clubs? Let us know in the comments box below.
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It's all about street culture at this Essex Road bar - one of three London venues from the Barrio group. The vibe is influenced by urban art and music from some of the world's big cities - London, Lisbon, Miami, Mexico and elsewhere. Cocktails play a lead role here, not least during the generous happy hours. Options range from the rumshackle (Santa Teresa rum with orange curacao, orgeat, pineapple and lime) to the ram berry jam (homemade raspberry jam liqueur with Stoli vodka, lemon and cava) and the pinata paloma - a mix of tequila, passion fruit, fresh lime, guava and Ting served in a porcelain pinata. There's an international flavour to the bar food, with wasabi peas, chilli rice crackers and platters of meats and cheeses alongside mixed olives, chips with dips, houmous with pitta and ciabatta with olives and chorizo. The venue's centrepiece - a '70s caravan with one side lopped off - provides the plum seats.
Venue says: “The first (and some say best) of the Barrio familia Barrio Angel has built a reputation for all things tequila and rum, agave and cane.”