ALTHOUGH GEOGRAPHICALLY A CRITICAL PART OF CENTRAL LONDON THE PLACE HAS ALWAYS MANAGED TO MOVE TO IT’S OWN DISTINCTIVE RHYTHM.
PUT SIMPLY, BRIXTON WILL ALWAYS, THANKFULLY, BE A BIT DIFFERENT.
Over the last decade Brixton, and in particular its Market, has become a destination for London’s food obsessives. Now it is justifiably one of London’s most popular culinary spots. Avoid the chains and head for an amazing and unrivalled variety of food from around the world. Streetfood existed here long before the term became a marketing tag. Affordable, delicious and exciting and, in Brixton, harder to avoid than it is to find!
Franco Manca is still the best place to enjoy their sourdough base pizza. Yes, they now have places all over town but, like Guinness served in Dublin, a slice at Franco’s in the market is something that no hungry person in Brixton should not get to try at least once.
Brixton is a musical neighbourhood. The neighbourhood moves to a steady rhythm. Stroll through the market and the soundtrack is as varied as the food on offer. Your hunger fully satisfied it’s time to look around. A spot of record shopping?
Tiny, crammed stores are treasure troves. Like Brixton itself, the good stuff in these shops is all there you just need to dig a bit. Talk of a revival in the sales of vinyl means little here. It never really went away. You will find shops and stalls tucked away selling nothing but old and new lovely vinyl. Jamaican sound, hip hop, pretty much everything you could want to drop a needle on is buried in the racks of some amazing shops. After a fruitful spree, with a bagful of records, downloading and streaming suddenly seems less fun.
All of that digging through racks is thirsty work. Trust us, you really will not need any help finding a place to get a drink whatever your tastes. From lovely old pubs where your domino skills better be serious to fantastic bars for cocktails if you’re trying to impress someone!
We haven’t even got to clubs, cinemas or cycle shops yet. Or bookshops or gig venues. You get the picture.
Piano House is an easy place to fall for. Getting to, from and around the place is easy. Brixton Underground station is around a minutes walk away and there are plenty of good bus and train services. And, of course, cycle culture has always been big here. However, we think it is a neighbourhood best explored on foot. This is still the best way to dig into the vibrant, easy and fascinatingly diverse culture of the place. What it maybe lacks in the way of formal, high end glamour it more than makes up for with no shortage of easy, cool accessibility.
Like Piano House itself, Brixton is a story of interesting evolution as opposed to bland gentrification. There is a welcome positivity and a wider diversity than ever. If you ever liked Brixton before you will love the new version! If you have, somehow, never visited then we’re pretty sure you’ll quickly get why we love it so much!