Exploring London – Brixton Village Market

One of the best things about living in London is that there is always something new to see and do. I’ve lived in London for longer than I care to mention but I can still be delighted by finding a new area to visit.  Last week a group of us went exploring to Brixton Village, south London.
We headed there on a Saturday morning and entered the Village which sits under the railway arches. I didn’t know what to expect from the title ‘Village’ and especially from this entrance.  However, as soon as we walked in, we were greatly entertained by an amazing range of stalls and cafes in an old covered market.

This once run down arcade with an empty unloved corner now houses over 20 new cafes and shops according to Time Out but I’m sure that number has grown massively since their article.  It’s a foodie’s paradise with great independent cafes and restaurants and food stall groaning with great produce. This link gives you the chance to ‘be there’ via some videos of the


We made use of the wonderful array of eateries and tasted the burgers at Honest Burgers which were very good. This tiny cafe with a few tables inside and outside has constant queues outside which are testament to its quality – so we went for take-away.  Simply walking around was fabulous sight seeing and this selection of photos will give you a feel of the place.

What else is there?  Upstairs there are artists’ studio and as there was an open day when we went, we could go up and chat with artists about their work from photography, to model making to printing.

Nearby I need to  mention the Ritzy Cinema, a fabulous building, showing great films with a wonderful history. Those of you who read my last blog post will know my love quirky local cinemas. I’ve not seen a film at the Ritzy so it couldn’t make my list. Dating from 1910 it offers 4 screens, bars and restaurants and a lively social centre.

Finally, for music lovers with a good memory, one of the local streets brought about an outbreak of bad singing – remember Eddie Grant’s Electric Avenue? Well it’s here and was so called because it was the first market street to have electricity in the 1880s.

I’ll be going back to Brixton Village Market, that’s for sure!

Bye for now

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