Brixton | A Londoner’s Guide
Last month I started a London series where I show you around one of the many pockets of London that I admire. For the first one, I chose to show you around Notting Hill, a place I had lived for a few years and know inside and out. This time is slightly different – I don’t actually know the second area of choice that well!
I have picked Brixton for the second in the series because I have heard how it’s one of the buzziest, coolest places to hangout. I’ve decided to get to know it by spending a day there (after doing my research and asking around of course) and show you exactly what I discovered.
I had such a great time exploring Brixton, especially the quirky little shops and restaurants. The food is definitely the star of the show in this pocket of London, with the many independent restaurants, cafes, bistros and market stalls. The diverse offerings from the markets were exceptional, yet affordable compared to ‘normal’ London prices.
So here is my itinerary for you to follow along to yourself at the weekend if you too want to discover what Brixton has to offer.
You’ll find my vlog of the day at the bottom of this post.
12:00 Senzala Creperie, 42 Coldharbour Lane
Less than a 5 minute walk from Brixton tube station, you will find the two markets. First head towards the Brixton Village Market, and find your way to Senzala Creperie. It’s easy to get distracted on your way, but we’ll explore those shops later – first it has to be food! Senzala Creperie is a brightly coloured restaurant that make crepes with a Brazilian twist. There are a few vegan options made in a buckwheat crepe – I went for the ‘Juarito’ which was filled with black beans, peppers, courgettes, tomatoes, guacamole and fresh herbs. Absolutely perfect to fuel up for the day ahead!
13:00 Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane
Now it’s time to explore those shops you rushed past earlier. From Senzala you are already in the thick of it with some beautiful homeware stores to pop into. I went straight towards Cornercopia with an abundance of plants flowing all around it, and where earlier I had spotted a ginger cat roaming around. Sure enough, the cat (aptly named Ginger) was sprawled across the counter inside, purring away. I also enjoyed looking at all of the brightly coloured textiles at Rachel & Malika’s. A few doors along is a sustainable fashion store called The Keep. Unfortunately they’re only open Wednesday-Sunday so we didn’t get a chance to go in, but if it’s open when you’re there please do have a look and let me know what it’s like!
14:00 Brotwell Park, Dulwich Road
Once you have shopped until your hearts content (or window shopped in my case), it’s time to walk to Brotwell Park. It’s about a 20 minute walk, but in the sunshine it’s lovely (you can always hop on a bus if it’s raining). The wide open green space is perfect to take a dog for a run around, or simply find yourself a bench at the top of the hill to admire the views of the city. There’s also a lido to cool down in on a hot Summers day.
15:30 Ms Cupcake, 408 Coldharbour Lane
Exit the park by the Lido’s so you can walk through the cobbled streets of Herne Hill past the station on Railton Road. Just another 15 minute walk away is Brixton Market Row, the other market. You will find Ms Cupcake at the entrance on Coldharbour Lane, London’s first fully vegan bakery with the most delicious array of cupcakes. There are also other vegan snacks, sweets and chocolates as well as a full fridge and freezer of vegan products. With the recommendations of the bakers, I chose the red velvet brownie, which was divine, and I also took home the seasonal favourite Peach Hibiscus cupcake for Joe.
16:30 The Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Oval
If you’re in the mood for a movie, make your way to the impressive Grade II listed building, The Ritzy Cinema. This is a Picturehouse cinema showing a combination of blockbusters, classics and indie movies, so you’ll be sure to find something that takes your fancy.
18:30 Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road
Enjoy the last of the evening Summer sun at Pop Brixton. Even if you’ve never been to Brixton, you have probably at least heard of Pop Brixton – It’s a temporary indoor/outdoor venue hosted by local independent restaurants and bars. It’s a creative space for creative people! By supporting local start ups and providing local jobs, it is a true community project. Come here to sip on one of the cocktails from S11 bar, also serving local beers, and choose something to eat from the variety of stalls – I enjoyed the falafels from Homegrown, a healthy cafe and juice bar providing homemade, fresh food using local ingredients.
Photography by Georgia Merano.
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Here’s my video of the day:
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