Out and about in Brixton this weekend? Have a look at our guide below for an introduction to some great things to do right on your doorstep in Brixton.
1) Take a picnic to Brockwell Park
With its ornamental ponds, flowering and herbaceous gardens, a 16th century clock tower, historical building, acres of lush grass, traditional café and a substantial lido (aka Brixton Beach), Brockwell Park is the ultimate destination for those who crave a bit of tranquillity and fresh air.
2) Get out your laughing gear or dance ‘til you drop at Offline Club
Offline is one of the area’s best loved comedy and music nights, frequenting Brixton venues such as the Prince Albert, the Effra Social and Dogstar. With acts such as Stewart Lee and The Fat White Family, and a host of party nights for every season and celebration, there’s always something going on at Offline.
3) Rock down to Electric Avenue
And have a dig through this famous street market and see what treasures you can unveil. Bag a bargain at the flea market and shop for something unique at Brix Mix. Did you know this bustling market sits in the first street ever to be lit by electricity?
4) See an independent film
The Ritzy is Brixton’s independent cinema, housed in a traditional building dating back to 1911, then known at the Electric Pavilion. Catch an indie movie and enjoy a drink in the very cool café bar upstairs.
5) Be aesthetically enlightened
Brixton has been a cultural hotspot in London for some time now, and is becoming particularly well known for its urban and contemporary art scene. Get yourself down to one of Brixton’s many art venues and add a little avant-garde to your afternoon.
6) Enjoy Brixton’s café culture
What could be better than people watching in this cosmopolitan London district, while enjoying great coffee (and, of course, a piece of cake – goes without saying)? Federation Coffee is a firm favourite among Brixtonians, boasting a delicious menu as well as its speciality tea and coffee range.
7) Browse the boutiques at Granville Arcade
Homed under the railway arches, this indoor market is a shopper’s paradise, and the perfect place to source a range of small, independent shops selling homewares, fashion, crafts, food and drink.
8) Get your tastebuds tingling at Negril
This once hidden gem, now a popular dinner destination, is one of Brixton’s favourite Caribbean restaurants, serving a myriad of tasty dishes and ‘home cooking’ Jamaican style. Proudly serving free range, fair trade and organic produce, Negril is one not to miss.
9) Hootananny all year round
Hootananny is Brixton’s ultimate late-night roots, reggae, ska and Afrobeat venue, which also hosts some brilliant comedy and serves amazing food. What’s not to love?
10) Do your deli shopping at Champagne and Fromage
This French style Bistro and shop offers an authentic French menu to tantalise your palette, and is one of the best places in town to grab a glass of great quality fizz. When paired with a selection of mouth-watering treats from their rustic charcuterie selection, you’ll be in culinary heaven. Why not book in for one of their tasting evenings and try before you buy?
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