Big up Brixton
Big up Brixton
Still when I tell people I live in Brixton it is often met with a sharp intake of breath and “ooh but is it safe?”. They obviously didn’t get the memo that Brixton is London’s latest “big thing”. There have been lots of changes to the area in the last few years – the redeveloped Windrush Square outside the ace Ritzy cinema is probably the most noticeable change if you haven’t visited in a while. There’s more to come as Raleigh Hall on the Square is being restored and will become home to the Black Heritage Centre next year.
But the thing that seems to have received the most press and media attention is the transformation of Granville Arcade into Brixton Village. Formerly a fairly rundown indoor market with lots of boarded up premises, in the past year or so it has transformed into a buzzy foodie destination. It started with a project by Space Makers who let out premises rent free to new start-ups and projects and saw the first pop-ups, cools cafes and vintage shops appear. Now, every time I visit (which is often) there seems to be a new cafe, shop or restaurant opened up. If I had to choose I’d say my favourites are Honest Burgers (triple cooked chips!), Kao Sarn Thai and Federation Coffee (do you think that being able to get a Flat White is the latest sign that a place has “made it”?). But really every place I’ve tried has been great, but don’t just take my word for it, check out some of the reviews in Time Out, the Guardian, Metro and many others. And if you go on a Friday or Saturday night you are likely to be treated to some live music at Agile Rabbit.
There are several other exciting new arrivals on the scene too. A new gig and club venue The Electric Brixton has just opened in the former Fridge building on Brixton Hill. And just opposite in St Matthews church is the new Brixton Empire theatre.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, starting this autumn you can find new markets on Station Road on Fridays and Saturdays, including the Brixton Makers Market, Friday Food and a Retro and Vintage market. The Makers Market is held on the second Saturday of each month and I’m very excited that Trip Stylist will have a stall at the next one on 12 November. I’ll be selling printed London walks so come down and say hi!
So combined with old favourites such as Brixton Academy, the Ritzy cinema and lively Brixton market I think I’m pretty lucky having all this on my doorstep. Hope I’ve convinced you that it’s also a great day out destination! Hope to see you there soon!