Top Brixton Attractions, London’s Cultural Hotspot

If you’re one for preferring off-the-beaten-track spots, rather than typical touristy destinations, then it’s safe to say you’ll love Brixton. Situated in south London, this thriving, multi-cultural hotspot has so much to see and do. The area has a rich history to its bustling Afro-Caribbean community; the first immigrants arrived in 1948 at Tilbury Docks, and they spread out across accommodation in Brixton. Although they intended to return to the Caribbean eventually, most remained, and the community has thrived. The area is now home to hundreds of Caribbean shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In fact, it’s often said that you can find the best Caribbean restaurants in Brixton. So, whether you’re planning a trip to London, or if you’re just curious about this underrated yet thriving area, here are some top Brixton attractions for you to explore on a day out in Brixton.

Top Brixton Attractions
Brixton Streets by Harold Hillemanns on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Top Brixton Attractions To Visit

Brixton Market

Run by local traders, Brixton Market is an essential stop-off. It’s situated on Station Road, and you can find the opening times here. The market has a range of stalls, shops and pop-up eateries to suit all sorts of tastes. Therefore it’s safe to say that everyone can find what they’re looking for here! Providing vintage finds, delicious street food and more, this one of the top Brixton attractions is a must-do if you’re planning to visit Brixton.

Top Brixton Attractions
Brixton Market on Flickr by Cristian Bortes / CC BY 2.0

Ritzy Cinema

Film buffs will adore this grand, elegant cinema in Brixton on Coldharbour Lane. The Ritzy opened way back in 1911, and is one of south London‘s oldest picture houses. Its five screens are comfortable, the staff are known to be lovely, and the cinema itself shows a range of films. Choose from independent movies, classics, late-night shows or major blockbusters.

Top Brixton Attractions
Ritzy Cinema by Matt Brown on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Bamboula Kitchen

If you’re keen to try traditional Caribbean cuisine, then Bamboula Kitchen is the place to be. It’s on 12 Acre Lane, which is open from 12pm until 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 1pm-9pm on Sundays. The interior is small, but the warm, welcoming staff and colourful decorations make up for its compact size. Plus, the food is to die for. Pair your Jamaican staple dish with an exotic cocktail, and you’re on to a winner. A foodie’s paradise!

Top Brixton Attractions
Jamaican Jerk Chicken by Gloria Cabada-Leman on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Effra Social

After a cocktail or three at Bamboula Kitchen, then it’s time to head over to Effra Social on Effra Road. A much-loved nightlife spot amongst Brixton’s locals, Effra Social is great for all sorts of interests and preferences. Not only is it a dancehall/bar/restaurant, but it also hosts one of the area’s best quiz nights. There’s even a cinema club, comedy nights, as well as a range of live music on offer. Take your pick!

Top Brixton Attractions
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About Lauren Davidson

Since 2013, Lauren has been writing for various travel and lifestyle websites. Her first piece of writing was a travel guide on the Algarve region of Portugal, where she lived for over a year. Currently residing in Sheffield, England, she is studying Journalism and has a blog at www.natteringblonde.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @Lozikinz.

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