Despite it’s troubled past, Brixton has become an achingly cool urban village in south west London within the London Borough of Lambeth. Like so many former working class suburbs in London, Brixton has seen significant regeneration and gentrification in recent years; although it still retains its eclectic cultural charm with a socially mixed community and a blend of Caribbean, West Indian, African and Asian influences continuing to be present and to shape the area.
Brixton is four miles from central London with Kennington and the Oval to the north, Camberwell to the east, Streatham to the south and Clapham to the west. Its transport links provide an easy commute into central London.
Brixton is both vibrant and lively and well known for its nightlife. The area around the market, has become known as ‘Brixton Village’ and its inhabitants include a mix of born and raised local residents, hip young millennials as well as a growing numbers of families.
Brixton has a well represented high street. Brixton Market is the cultural epicentre, a true reflection of the areas multicultural heritage; with boutiques, restaurants and cafes sharing the space with South American butchers, Caribbean greengrocers, African stores and English fishmongers. Brixton also has a traditional high street with many chain retailers including Marks and Spencer.
Brixton comprises mainly mid to late Victorian terrace houses and mansion flats. It is popular with first-time buyers who are attracted to the vibrancy of the area and the transport links and who are buying with help from their parents. There is also a strong local market with couples trading up from a flat to a house.
The best roads are considered to be Trinity Gardens which is a beautiful square off Brixton’s High street. As well as Brixton Road and Vassall Road which have earlier Georgian and early-Victorian terraced houses.
Brixton O2 Academy and The Ritzy