Brixton Area Guide
As one of the trendiest areas in London, Brixton has long beckoned new generations with its artwork, food and sense of community. People who live in Brixton are passionate about the area and it is easy to see why. From the moment you step off the tube onto the high street, your senses will be overwhelmed by the variety of sights and sounds that make Brixton such a popular place to live. There are properties across Brixton to suit all budgets, so it is ideal for working professionals, families, and students. Located in the heart of South London, there are excellent transport links into Central London which make morning and evening commutes into light work.
The name ‘Brixton’ originates from the term ‘Brixistane,’ which translates to ‘the stone of Brihtsige’. In the 11th Century, communities would use these stones as a meeting point. As the years went by, the name was shortened to Brixton as the area underwent significant development during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century. Today, Brixton houses a thriving community of local businesses that trade in an array of goods including food, fashion, art, and music. This is the ideal place for someone who wants an active social life locally and somewhere to let loose on the weekends.
Brixton Underground Station Zone 2: Victoria Line
Brixton to Victoria: 7-minute tube
Brixton to Oxford Circus: 11-minute tube
Brixton to King Cross: 16-minute tube
Brixton to Finsbury Park: 21-minute tube
Brixton also has its own train station and Loughborough Junction is only a 15-minute walk away from the underground
Brixton Train Station to Victoria: 9-minute train
Brixton Train Station to Orpington: 32-minute train
Loughborough Junction to Blackfriars: 9-miunute train
Loughborough Junction to Farringdon: 14-minute train
Loughborough Junction to St Pancras: 18-minute train
Bus Number 2: Marylebone
Bus Number 3: Trafalgar Square
Bus Number 59: Kings Cross
Bus Number 133: Liverpool Street
Bus Number 159: Marble Arch
Average Rental Prices
1 bed: £1,339 pcm
2 bed: £1,637
3 bed: £2,335
4 bed: £3,092
To be paid to Lambeth Council
There are many ‘Outstanding’ rated Ofsted schools in the area. Good primary schools include Corpus Christi RC, Hill Mead and St Jude’s C of E. The best secondary schools are Platanos, Ark Evelyn Grace and Saint Gabriel’s C of E. There is one local private school in the area, Herne Hill School.
Life in Brixton
Bursting with character, Brixton is a diverse, multicultural and dynamic place with an abundance of local amenities. With a large Afro-Caribbean community, there are many mouth-watering restaurants in which to try authentic Caribbean cuisine. It is an area well-suited to people who enjoy experiencing different cultures and who want to try something new every weekend. Below are our suggestions for things to do and places to eat and drink.
Food & Drink:
- Fish, Wings & Tings
Good Caribbean food is plentiful in Brixton but Fish, Wings & Tings is one of the most beloved Caribbean restaurants in the city. Located in Brixton Village, they serve more than the classic jerk chicken by combining French cuisine with Caribbean flavours to create dishes such as prawn roti with curried chickpeas and potatoes. Although this place can get busy, it is well worth the wait. Go in a sunny evening to enjoy your meal al fresco.
- Three Little Birds
Former 2011 ‘The Apprentice’ contestant April Jackson opened her own Caribbean spot on Coldharbour Lane. This affordable, authentic restaurant has all the staples you would want such as salt cod fritters, goat curry and a rum soaked cake. The interior creates good vibes inspired by Reggae artist Bob Marley - even the name of the restaurant is inspired by his 1977 hit song. If you want some delectable food with island vibes, then head to Three Little Birds and you won’t be disappointed.
- Pop Brixton
Just a 3-minute walk from Brixton Station, Pop Brixton is home to over 50 start-up businesses offering every kind of food and drink. Head to S11 for after-work drinks with friends who enjoy a cocktail or some spiced rum. Although it can get fairly packed out, especially on a Friday night, S11 boasts an impressive outdoor garden where you can sit and enjoy a drink on a warm summer evening.
Culture & Leisure
- Clubbing Scene
The Brixton clubbing scene is one of the most enjoyable in London. Home to clubs such as Brixton Jamm, Electric Brixton and Brixton Academy, there is sure to be a venue that suits everyone’s taste. For anyone who has not been on a night out in Brixton before, we would highly recommend going to Brixton Jamm for a real, 'London' night out. Split into two sections, Brixton Jamm offers partygoers both a chilled out bar area and a lively dance floor playing much-loved genres such as R&B, Hip-Hop, Grime and Dancehall. They also have outdoor seating offering respite if your feet are tired from all the dancing.
- Brixton Village & Market
One of the most iconic markets in the city, Brixton Village and Market Row is a space where independent traders can have a stall, restaurant or a shop. Here you can find textiles, fashion, food, drinks, coffee, household goods and even artwork. It is a wonderful place to find local produce and to mingle with talented and interesting people. We recommend heading to Rachel & Malika’s for eclectic furnishings, jewellery and gifts that have been sourced from around the world. Or head to Brixi to experience an Aladdin’s Cave of weird and wonderful products that you are guaranteed to have never seen before.
- The Chocolate Museum
Feel as though you’re in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory by visiting the only Chocolate Museum in London. Workshops are offered which are designed to teach you all the ins and outs of making chocolate. For those more interested in chocolate consumption, there are also regular tasting sessions. They even have exhibitions full of chocolate sculpture! This is a great one to take the kids to or to enjoy with a group of friends. You’re sure to experience a real sugar-rush.
Is it for you?
Brixton is an exciting place to live and perfect for working professionals, students and families. If you’re after an area with good transport links and a quick commute into Central London, then Brixton fits the bill. With an array of diverse cuisines, exciting bars and local businesses you will never be short of things to do, and its relative affordability means you can have all this at your doorstep without breaking the bank.