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*'''No 7 Guesthouse''', 7 Josephine Avenue, London, SW2, 0870 741 6740. A bed and breakfast run by a friendly gay couple, a ten minute walk from Brixton tube.
 
*'''No 7 Guesthouse''', 7 Josephine Avenue, London, SW2, 0870 741 6740. A bed and breakfast run by a friendly gay couple, a ten minute walk from Brixton tube.

Revision as of 03:05, 23 September 2005

Brixton is an area of South London, England in the United Kingdom. It sits right at the bottom of the Victoria Line. It has a large Afro-Caribbean population, orginiating from the 1940s and 50s, when Britain invited large numbers from the West Indies to fill the job gaps. It still has an edgy reputation left over from the race riots in the 80 and 90s, and the drugs problems that still plague the area. However you're only likely to hear a hushed whisper of "skunk, weed", just ignore it and keep walking.

Brixton is a colourful, unique area, that is like nowhere else in London. There are several markets stretching across the town where you can pick up all manner of exotic foods, textiles and jewellery. It also well known for its nightlife, particulary Brixton Academy and the Fridge along with many other interesting bars, pubs and clubs to explore, easily taking you through to dawn.

Once you exit the tube you will be immediately hit by the noise, sounds and smells of Brixton, not all of them are by any means pleasant. It's generally best to avoid eye contact with strangers, as the people who approach you will usually be junkies, dealers, mental patients, or charity collectors. At night, stick to well-lit, busy areas is possible, it's generally quite safe but wandering down any poorly lit backstreets in London is always a risk.


Get in

  • Brixton is very well connected to the rest of the city. On the tube, Oxford Circus is less than 20 minutes journey and Brixton's rail station lies between Victoria station and Orpington. Frequent buses are a slower, but a more scenic route to central London, but provide more useful for getting round South London, which is poorly served by the Underground.

See

  • Brockwell Park, (from town walk up Effra Road, take a left into Brixton Water Lane, and look out for entrance on the right). A large hilly green park, 10 minutes walk from the centre of Brixton. Has the following facilities: Brixton Lido, children's play area, paddling pool, café, flower gardens, sports facilities, toilets and several ponds.

Do

  • Brixton Tours [1] specialises in one hour tours of Brixton, taking in the history, culture and local attractions of this part of London. £10 for group tours, £20 for one to one tours.
  • Stockwell Skate Park, Stockwell Park Walk. Also ironically named 'Brixton Beach', this free skate park was orginally built in 1970s. Both skateboarders and BMXers can regulary be seen riding or simply hanging out on the edges.

Buy

  • Brixton Markets, Mon-Tue, Thur-Sat 08.00-18.00; Wed 08.00-17.00. Brixton Market consists of several different parts. The main section is Electric Avenue, selling mainly fruit, veg and meat, which also has a very good Chinese supermarket. On Pope's Rd and you'll find clothes and bric-a-brac. You'll find more indoor markets around the area such as: Brixton Village (between Pope's Rd and Coldharbour Lane), Reliance Arcade (between Brixton Rd and Electric Lane) and Granville Arcade (running between Electric Lane and Atlantic Rd). These sell everything from wigs, clothes, pets, exotic foods and coffee.

Eat

There are many different types of food available in Brixton, from Caribbean to Eiritrean and fish and chips to noodles. You'll find most of the restaurants on Coldharbour Lane and Atlantic Road. Here are few noted establishments.

  • Fujiyama, 7 Vining Street, London SW9 8QA, 020 7737 2369 [2]. As a Japanese noodle bar, the food isn't vastly different from somewhere like Wagamama's but this is a much smaller and friendlier place. It's very good value for money, for about £6 you get a plate of noodles that will fill up any big appetite. They have ramen, bento boxes, don buri, miso soups, pan fried noodles and various curry and rice dishes. They also do some freshly squeezed juices along with the usual beers, wines and sake.
  • Bug, The Crypt, under Saint Matthew's Church, London SW2 1JF, 0871 075 8619 [3]. Probably the poshest restuarant in Brixton, but we've heard good things. It serves up modern European food (it used to be sole vegetarian and fish, but some other meat has creeped in). It's built into the crypt of St Matthew's Church, which also houses Bug Bar, Mass, and a fully functioning place of worship.
  • MoCa, Dog Star, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8QL, 020 7733 2222 [4]. A modern Caribbean restaurant housed above the famous Dog star bar. Most main courses are £7-8.
  • Noodle House, 426 coldharbour Lane, SW9, 020 7274 1492. A Chinese/Vietnamese noodle bar which does an excellent duck & pancakes and giant plates of noodles, very good value for money. Eat in or takeaway.
  • Asmara, 386 Coldharbour Lane, SW9, 020 7737 4144. Facing the Dogstar this small friendly restaurant serves interesting Eritrean food.
  • Neon, 71 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU, 020 7738 6576 [5]. A modern Italian restaurant and cocktail bar specializing in traditional pizzas. Bar open to 2am on the weekends. Home delivery available.
  • Bruno's, 424 Coldharbour Lane, SW9, 020 7738 6161. A vegetarian and organic licenced cafe right in the centre of Brixton, used to be called 'Cafe Pushkar'.

Drink

Sleep

Surprisingly, Brixton has very little in the way of accommodation, and you are more likely to be staying in Victoria (10-15 minutes on tube or train).

  • No 7 Guesthouse, 7 Josephine Avenue, London, SW2, 0870 741 6740. A bed and breakfast run by a friendly gay couple, a ten minute walk from Brixton tube.

Contact

External links

  • Urban 75 - An online magazine on all things Brixton [6]