Brixton has a great cultural feel and is an incredibly friendly place in London to explore if you’re visiting the city. It boasts mouth-watering street food stalls, live music venues, and plenty of shopping opportunities. If Brixton is on your list of places to visit in the capital, we’ve identified the must-see sights to work into your plans for the day.
From the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel, Brixton is south and across the River Thames. But that doesn’t mean it’s not accessible, in fact, you can still get there in just over half an hour. You can get the Central Tube line at Lancaster Gate, swapping to the Victoria line at Oxford Circus, which will take you right to Brixton station. With such great accessibility, you can still take advantage of our London Paddington hotel deals and experience Brixton. So, where should you head once you’re there?
The outdoor Brixton Market spans several streets and is run by local traders. It has a vibrant atmosphere and shows just how much of a cultural mix London is. You can pick up a huge selection of items, from fashion accessories to vinyl records, but what really sets it apart is the food. Whether you want to tuck into some authentic Asian cuisine, freshly tossed pizzas, or Caribbean treats, the street food here will delight.
So, it might not be an actual beach, but Brixton Beach is definably worth seeing. Brixton Rooftop on Pope’s End is right by the station so you won’t waste any time at all when coming from the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel. It has a Cuban vibe and is the perfect place to enjoy a tropical cocktail and a salsa in the evening with a packed programme of activities and events to get involved in.
Black Cultural Archives
Brixton has culture around every corner and has a particularly strong African and Caribbean community. The Black Cultural Archive celebrates this and shows off a personal collection of items, from mementos to photographs. The centre also puts on tours that will let you explore Brixton on foot with a knowledgeable guide pointing out the top sights.
Morleys is a department store that first opened its doors at the centre of Brixton in 1880 and it’s become part of the history of the area. It’s a great place to go if you want to do some shopping, but you should also head to the staircase. Here’ you’ll find something of a mini-museum with historic images of the area and shop.
This one isn’t a single sight but a walking self-guided tour. Many of the buildings have murals painted on the sides of them and were commissioned after the Brixton riots in 1981 when almost 150 buildings were damaged as a result of the protests against social and economic problems. The murals tell the story of Brixton as you walk around the area and there are several still viewable today.
Brixton is known as a centre of nightlife and live entertainment in London and if you’re in the area in the evening, you should stroll down Effra Road. Here you’ll find Hootananny Brixton, which plays a vibrant mix of tunes to get you on the dance floor, and Effra Social, which has a dance hall atmosphere and hosts numerous events.