Quirky Brixton culture…
Opposite the station is the David Bowie memorial, a visit is a must. The mural, on the side of Morleys department store on Tunstall Road is overflowing with floral tributes for the Brixton-born singer.
Step inside Morley’s department store and take the stairs where you will find a series of quirky facts on the wall offering a history of Brixton.
A short stroll up the hill why not pay a visit to the Black cultural archives documenting the Black experience in Britain.
- Brixton Windmill – An unexpected surprise off Brixton Hill
Situated in Blenheim gardens stands a 200 year old refurbished working windmill. It grinds flour which you can buy, you can even take a tour of the inside. This summer the windmill hosted open air shows and recently screened Moulin Rouge in its shadow, part of the Herne Hill free film festival
- The Clink HMPrison – a dining experience to remember
- Upstairs @ Ritzy Picturehouse
Grab a drink on the balcony and take in the hustle and bustle of Windrush Square. This is also an event space for a wide range of activities from craft classes to open mic nights.
Let’s get arty…
Close to Brixton village on the corner of Somerleyton Road and Coldharbour Lane you will find public art sculptures in the shape of two giant eggs made out of different metals. One has a polished metal finish that reflects the sky and the surrounding buildings, the other has a non-reflective rich orange brown oxidised iron finish.
- Brixton Design Trail celebrate the unique culture and heritage of Brixton.
Brixton Design Trail will transform the walls of Stockwell Avenue into a large-scale canvas with original commissioned artwork by local street artists between 17-25 September.
The space will evolve over the duration of the festival, showcasing the creative talents of people living and working in the area.
- Circus Brixton – an entertaining shopping experience
This creative emporium is made out of cardboard pipes, specialising in vintage finds, treasures around the globe on sale at affordable prices – find a gift for everyone here!
Calling all foodies in search of good vibes…
- Pop Brixton -Shipping container town
This interesting place a stones throw away from the station has great vibes – lively but relaxed. It showcases the very best that the local community has to offer. Head on down for street food, DJ events, yoga, live music, outdoor screenings, cocktails and more.
- Brixton Village – a covered yuppie area with and intimate and friendly feel
The village is an unmissable stop for foodies overflowing with independent shops, stalls and eateries. This inspiring quirky arcade space will tempt you with tastes from around the world.
- Franco Manca – Cheesy heaven
- Burnt toast café – pure joy on a plate
This Small and simple café with its quirky name serves extra tasty sour dough breads, breakfasts, coffee and cakes. There’s chunky toasters on the tables for some DIY toast and not forgetting mouthwatering pancakes and toasted to perfection sarnies on the menu.
- Chicken Liquor – pimped up fried chicken
We recommend you wash down the chicken with a sour, straight up or on the rocks. Admire the street art that covers the walls and perch yourself on the bright-yellow breakfast stools.
- Seven at Brixton – classic cocktails and tapas
This Spanish-style market bar with mismatched tables and graffiti decor is perfect for unwinding. Upstairs there’s unique space for local artist, sit amongst the installations.
- Nanban – Japanese soul food and cocktails
Situated in an old renovated pie and mash shop there’s cosy booths inside and the head chef won masterchef!
- Cabana Brazil – Brazil fever
This Brazilian barbecue situated in the historical Bon Marche building serving excellent food in a fun atmosphere.
- The Courtesan – intimate and arty
Check out this intimate Dim Sum restaurant and cocktail bar, located within a few minutes walk of the tube. Pop inside this opium den with dark wood furnishings and art. 69-73 Atlantic Rd.
Brixton Pubs, bars…
- The Duke of Edinburgh Pub – The best – and largest – beer garden in Brixton
Good BBQ food and a great range of ales. The perfect spot for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
- Grand Union Bar – quirky happy hour
Head outside this pub to the decked pleasure garden surrounded by fire pits, fairy lights and cosy Thai themed huts with their own private TVs. Pop along for happy hour 4-8pm daily 123 Acre Lane
- Turtle Bay – quirky drinks galore
With over 20 rum-based cocktails on offer were spoilt for choice, plus a large selection of Caribbean beers and home-brewed Jamaican Pale Ale. The venue has fantastic decor and ambience with music that will just make you want to dance.
Market House – foot shuffling fun
Enjoy some foot shuffling at this late night bar and music venue, a beautiful Victorian pub situated in the centre of bustling buzzing Brixton. 443 Coldharbour Lane
We couldn’t leave this itinerary without mentioning the wonderful Brockwell Park and its Lido café. Brockwell Park is a large, historic park located between Brixton, Dulwich and Herne Hill. Brockwell Lido, nestled in the corner of Brockwell Park, is a much-loved local landmark the café is set in an Art Deco Grade II listed building.