Brixton is one of London’s most exciting and diverse neighbourhoods with plenty to see and do for those staying nearby. No matter the time of year, there’s always lots happening – here’s our handy quick guide to the area if you’re planning a trip soon…
Brixton was once a wealthy suburb, well known for its artistic roots as the home of many noted literary and theatrical talents. Today, it is still noted for strong artistic leanings, which are evident everywhere you go while staying at your Bayswater hotel in London.
The community spirit in Brixton is lively and enthusiastic, as well as supporting a wide range of local businesses covering everything from foodie hotspots to business hubs and arts centres. There are many independent stores, and the area is also known for its thriving clubbing scene.
A stroll around Brixton always offers something new to discover, but there are a few key areas which should be on every newbie visitors list. Here are some of our favourites for guests at the Grand Park Hotel Paddington:
London’s local parks are famous for their beauty, and Brockwell Park is a charming green space which offers ample opportunity for everything from feeding the ducks on the pond, to flying a kite or taking a dip in the outdoor pool. The park is large enough to provide lots of room to roam, and as it is situated within the grounds of a Grade II listed manor house, Brockwell Hall, there are charming touches such as an ice cream stall within the house itself.
Ritzy Cinema Brixton
This historic cinema is a major cultural institution in Brixton, offering the ideal space to see new releases, old classics and independent cinema all under one roof. For guests staying at the Grand Park Hotel Paddington, a visit here is a great way to connect with the local artistic scene, and you might even catch a movie you would otherwise have known nothing about.
Brixton Village Markets
The markets of London are famous around the world, and Brixton offers one of the very best. The market itself is situated close to the local tube station, making it easily accessible no matter where you are in the city. Here you will find a wide array of different foodie treats from all over the world, and there’s lots of space for you to grab a seat and sample a little of everything that’s on offer.
First starting life as a temporary ‘pop up’ store, Pop Brixton is now a permanent fixture, where visitors and locals alike shop for all kinds of items. The unique look and feel of the place has been achieved thanks to its clever construction from old shipping containers. While there’s a roof on the premises during the rest of the year, during the summer the roof comes off, allowing guests to enjoy the sunshine while they shop. Expect great food, and unusual independent boutiques galore.