Brixton, in the London Borough of Lambeth, is a multi-ethnic area of South London with a high proportion of African and Caribbean residents that has undergone a process of gentrification since the 1990s resulting in an influx of white middle-class residents, bringing with them new ideas such as the Brixton Pound to boost the local economy and encourage locally sourced goods.
The area is serviced by Brixton and Loughborough Junction Rail Stations, the former travelling between Victoria and Kent and the latter being on the City Thames Link Line which will take you North to Loughton or South to Gatwick airport; and also a tube station on the Victoria line.
Brixton is renowned for its clubbing and live music culture at large venues such as the O2 Academy and the Fridge and a number of smaller venues including Club 414 and Upstairs at the Ritzy where you can watch world music singers, musicians, poets, rappers and comedians perform.
The Ritzy Picturehouse, is an arts cinema, worth a visit not only to see a range of non-main stream films, eat a range of multi-cultural dishes from 8.00am till late, or visit the music venue upstairs but also to experience the atmosphere of an original Edwardian Cinema.
The vibrant Brixton market where you can purchase world goods, tropical foods, fabrics and music, is open every day and also features Bakers and Flea Markets, Makers Markets, Retro and Vintage markets on weekends. Here, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to multi-cultural restaurants.
You will also be amazed at the number of green spaces in and around Brixton providing all sorts of wildlife, as well as the main park, Brockwell Park in the process of being restored.