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 Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Brixton Entertainment

in or near Brixton
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
Electric Brixton
London > Entertainment > Live Music
1 Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2
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Upstairs At The Ritzy
London > Entertainment > Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW2
Smack bang in the heart of Brixton, Upstairs at the Ritzy is the vibrant bar above the Ritzy Cinema, open 7 nights a week. A cultural ... 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
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
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
D-Bess Bakery
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
12 Brighton Terrace, Brixton, London SW9
Afro-Caribbean bakery ... More

Brixton Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Brixton London?
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
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
London > Restaurants > Caribbean restaurants
30 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2
With a vibrant restaurant and cocktail bar, Veranda has become one of London's funkiest and most cosmopolitan dining destinations. An in-house art gallery showcases a diverse ... More

Brixton Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Brixton.
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
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 Brixton
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
469 Brixton Road, Brixton, Brixton, London SW9
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Brixton Nightlife

Brixton clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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
Champagne + Fromage
London > Nightlife > Bars
10-11 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9
Expanding from their Covent Garden shop into Brixton, Champagne & Fromage, the venture owned by French Bubbles founders, Maud Fierobe and Stefano Frigerio, can be found ... More
Fridge Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Town Hall Parade, Brixton, London SW2
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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
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.
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
Brixton Ritzy Cinema
London > Business > Venue Hire
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, Brixton, London SW2
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Acres Bar
London > Business > Venue Hire
40 Acre Lane, Brixton, Brixton, London SW2
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