London area of Brixton guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Brixton neighbourhood

Multicultural Brixton used to be an extremely wealthy settlement outside London. In the 18th century, the area boasted lush farmland and a market garden known for its game, strawberries and windmills. Today, Brixton is best known for its vibrant markets and its position as the centre of London's Caribbean community (a quarter of the population is of African and Caribbean descent). One windmill still stands, although it is in a derelict condition. Electric Avenue, inspiration for the Eddy Grant hit, got its name for being the first shopping street in London to be lit by electricity, and is now the site of the popular Brixton Market. It wasn't the only "first" for the area: London's first department store, Bon Marche, was built in Brixton in 1877. Local landmarks include the Ritzy Cinema (one of England's first purpose-built cinemas), the Art Deco listed 5,000-capacity O2 Academy Brixton, and the Windmill pub. A series of colourful murals were commissioned by the council after the riots of 1981 and many of them still exist today, including one outside the Brixton Academy. David Bowie was born in Brixton, former Prime Minister John Major grew up here and singer La Roux still lives in the area.

See our recommended nearby Brixton Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Brixton Hotels

in or near Brixton
Church Street Hotel London
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
29-33 Camberwell Church Street, SE5
Billing itself as 'a Spanish Americana oasis in the heart of downtown South London', the Church Street Hotel is certainly unique and boutique-y. Frida Kahlo stares ... More
 
 
 
Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
354 Queenstown Road, SW8
Situated along the River Thames, opposite Battersea Park, Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel is the first UK hotel from the Portuguese Pestana Hotels and Resorts Group. The ... More
 
 
 
Dolphin House Serviced Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment
Dolphin Square, SW1V
Dolphin House is a wonderfully quiet spot.The tranquillity is all the more surprising given its close proximity to Victoria, making it convenient for Westminster and Tate ... More
 
 
 

Brixton Events

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Booty & The Biatch
London > Events > Theatre
LOST Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, Brixton, London SW9
An adults-only pantomime written by Paul L Martin, with Holly Aisbitt as Booty and Jamie Anderson as The Biatch.... More
 
 
 
Electricity
London > Events > Film Events
Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW2
Lily O'Connor lives on the coast where she manages her epileptic seizures with a meticulous regimen of pills. Following the death of her mother, Lily reluctantly ... More
 
 
 

Brixton Entertainment

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Ritzy Picturehouse
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW2
If the Ritzy were a cat, it would have used up most of its nine lives. The cinema started life in 1910 as the Electric Pavilion, ... More
 
 
 
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O2 Academy Brixton
London > Entertainment > Live Music
211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London SW9
This former cinema with its art deco interior, proscenium arch and 140ft dome is London's most celebrated venue for live music, winning Best Live Venue at ... More
 
 
 
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Landor Pub Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
70 Landor Road, Brixton, London SW9
You're never more than three rows away from the action at the Landor Theatre where the audience never exceeds 60. Focussed on producing musical theatre productions ... More
 
 
 

Brixton Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Brixton
Windrush Square
London > Attractions > Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2
Windrush Square is a public open space in the heart of Lambeth, opposite the Edwardian town hall. Part of the historic Rush Common, it was formed ... More
 
 
 
Photofusion
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
17a Electric Lane, Brixton, Brixton, London SW9
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Brixton Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Brixton
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The Old Post Office Bakery
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
76 Landor Road, Brixton, London SW9
In a former Post Office in Lyham Road, Clapham North, The Old Post Office Bakery set up shop in 1982. That was after they'd been serving ... More
 
 
 
traid
London > Shopping > Clothing
2 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2
Charity Shop... More
 
 
 
Joy Brixton
London > Shopping > Clothing
432 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9
With its mix of clothes, cards and kitsch toys, Joy is ideal as a gift hunting ground. Even if you object to them calling themselves an ... More
 
 
 

Brixton Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Brixton London?
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Bamboula
London > Restaurants > Caribbean restaurants
12 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2
Brixton’s best Caribbean restaurant is a real friendly family-run place. They’ve only got a certain amount of space and furniture and whenever a large party arrives ... More
 
 
 
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Satay Cocktail Bar & Restaurant
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
447 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, , Brixton, London SW9
Slightly pricey but very entertaining spot round the corner from Brixton tube. The Indonesian satay and main dishes are excellent, packed with flavour and served with ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
441 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9
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Brixton Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Brixton.
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Effra
London > Nightlife > Pubs
38a Kellet Road, Brixton, London SW2
By no means your average watering hole; the Effra defies most attempts at description or classification. From the outside it looks like a shabby South London ... More
 
 
 
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Hive
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
11-13 Station Road, Brixton, London SW9
Though it has the look of a Carnaby Street style bar, with funky lighting and minimalist decor in gunmetal grey, this new Brixton joint differs from ... More
 
 
 
The Prince
London > Nightlife > Pubs
467-469 Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9
Dubdsco have a Thursday night residence at this Brixton pub, with selectors Andy Blake and Amy laying down the finest roots reggae, rub-a-dub and 80s dancehall ... More
 
 
 

Brixton Nightlife

Brixton clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Ritzy Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
Brixton Oval, Brixton, London SW2
This funky little jazz bar is one of South London's hidden delights. Don't worry about the depressingly empty pub section you can see from the street. ... More
 
 
 
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Plan B
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
418 Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9
With an exciting new music programme and creative team behind its new look and identity, including Kate Moross (one of London's most exciting young creatives, and ... More
 
 
 
Babalou
London > Nightlife > St Matthew's Church, Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2
Buzzy (if slightly gloomy) DJ Bar in the crypt of St.Matthew's church. Babalou serves food but only if specifically booked beforehand.... More
 
 
 

Brixton Leisure

Brixton gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Body Alliance
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
88 Atlantic Road, Brixton, London SW9
Pilates, osteopathy, massage, kinesiology, reflexology and other therapies are offered at Body Alliance in Brixton. Body Alliance was set up by Iovana Velasquez who has created ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brixton Education

in or near Brixton
Access
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Lambeth Education, 1st Floor, International House, Canterbury Crescent, Brixton, London SW9
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Brixton Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Brixton.
Babalou
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Crypt, St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2
Restaurant, bar and club in Brixton at The Crypt of St Matthew's Church. Head chef Stuart Cauldwell has created an international menu. There is also ... More
 
 
 
Mass Nightclub and Events Space
London > Business > Venue Hire
St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2
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Brixton Ritzy Cinema
London > Business > Venue Hire
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, Brixton, London SW2
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