Brixton

Possibly the coolest area to live in London

Brixton is a dynamic district, located within the Borough of Lambeth, fringed by Herne Hill, Clapham, Streatham, Camberwell, Tulse Hill and Stockwell. It’s mainly residential, with a colourful, lively street market and a plethora of retail units. It is far from a leafy suburb, but locals have grown to love its gritty, industrial feel and thriving bohemian art scene.

It’s a multi-ethnic community, with a large percentage of its population being of Caribbean descent. The African-Caribbean residents who arrived in the area during the 1940s mean there are some fantastic restaurants and supermarkets scattered throughout the district. In recent years Brixton has hosted a regular farmers' market on Station Road, as well as pop-up restaurants and pop-up shops. New art galleries, delicatessens, bars, cafes and vintage clothing stores, particularly in and around Brixton Village Market have also opened however, it retains its eclectic cultural charm with a blend of Caribbean, West Indian, African and Asian influences in the music, shopping, and clubs of the area.

After the riots in 1981 a series of murals were funded by the council. The murals portray nature, politics, community and ideas. The surviving murals are someof the finest works of street art in all of London. Find them on Glenelg Road, Mauleverer Road, Brixton Station, Railton Road, Colharbour Lane and a few others.

Housing prices in Brixton are on the increase as more people get excited about the potential of the area, so get in quick. There are beautiful Georgian and Victorian terraces available, as well as some lower-cost housing estates. Brixton is becoming popular with families due to its location and plentiful green spaces.

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