Brixton has very quickly become one of the most fun, eclectic and welcoming areas of London. Not only does it have everything you need (great restaurants and bars, trendy home stores and reliable beauty spots), but it’s also super easy to get to from central London with a tube stop on the Victoria line, an over-ground train and buses-a-plenty. All this makes it one of my favourite destinations in London and I try get there as often as I can when I’m visiting. Here are a couple of my favourite spots.
Dessert at the Shrub and Shutter
Brixton is making its mark as a top food destination. MasterChef’s Tim Anderson recently opened up Nanban - a Japanese restaurant with a Brixton twist - and where you can get a curried goat ramen!
“There’s so much choice in Brixton so picking favourites is reeeeaaally difficult. There’s a real gem of a place called Naughty Piglets which serves seasonal food from local markets and ‘natural’ wine. Beware though – you’ll need a reservation. Definitely head to Pop Brixton – a bunch of stacked-up shipping crates with bars, restaurants and shops inside. There you can graze on modernised Ghanaian classics at Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and Indian small plates at Kriket. Mamma Dough does a great pizza and definitely stop by Sponge & Cream for the best red velvet cake EVER! They even do a gluten free version. But my absolute favourite is Mama Lan, serving a short but sweet menu of the most yummy Chinese dumplings.
“If you’re looking for refreshments, The Craft Beer Co. does what it says on the tin and you’ll get impeccable cocktails at the Shrub and Shutter. If wine’s more your thing, head over to the Wine Parlour for a glass of the good stuff and a plate of nibbles.” If you want a souvenir to take home with you, then exchange your money for some of Brixton’s local currency – the Brixton pound. It’s legal tender in Brixton, and might even get you some discounts. And not forgetting Brixton’s legendary music scene! Check out what’s on at the famous Brixton Academy, or if you’re short on time then pop to see the amazing street mural of Brixton-born David Bowie.