TinMan London’s Guide To | Brixton


Brixton is arguably one of the most independent and politically active communities in London, with it’s own currency and numerous social initiatives for locals to engage in.  Superficially Electric Avenue and its nearby area may not look like it’s changed much since the riotous days of the 1980’s, that inspired Eddie Grant’s famous song, but a more affluent Brixton is emerging. This adds some dynamic new venue’s to check out, in addition to it’s enduring hot spots. Brixton is the place for some good times and serious partying!


Brixton Jamm –  this regularly packed venue is all about the moves. Recently featured visits from Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club along with classic hip hop, bass, dubstep and pretty much any other dance music you can think of.

The Electric – formerly legendary club The Fridge, The Electric keeps up with it’s regulars expectations of massive nights out with star DJ’s in it’s 1,700 capacity converted cinema.

Plan B – this club delivers house, hip hop and bass nights alongside the likes of nu metal and rock residents Rebel Disko.  Check out their podcast’s for a pre weekend top up.

Dogstar – naming itself London’s first DJ bar Dogstar has been around for so long you can believe it. Three floors of irresistible beats to keep the old and the new clientele coming back for more.


Cafe Cairo – A technicolour festival in a bar. Cafe Cairo delivers hot cocktails, delicious cakes and an eclectic programme of film night’s, talks and DJ’s.

Effra Hall Tavern – traditional cosy pub much loved by locals named after the river that still runs beneath it and with good choice of on tap beers, food and live jazz.

Craft Beer Co. – whether you are a novice or an expert regarding the UK’s expanding array of craft beer breweries this is the place to discover what’s hot.



Brixton Market – a maze of street stalls and arcades comprising of Electric Avenue, Market Row, Reliance Arcade and Brixton Village. Brixton Market has transformed into a hub of trendsetting gastronomy. Franca Manca and Honest Burger tend to have long queues so head for the lesser known Casa Morita, Burnt Toast Cafe and Casa Sibilla. Wander around it’s monthly vintage market and find an interesting place for an alternative Sunday roast.

Negril – for your genuine jerk chicken hit head to this popular restaurant that serves all the Jamaican classics.

The Lido Cafe, Brockwell Park Lido – part of the original 1930’s complex and overlooking the lido. Serving a Modern British menu of fresh seasonal locally sourced dishes. A reflection of Brixton’s changing scene.



The Ritzy Cinema – an Edwardian cinema still packing Brixton resident’s in as part of the Picturehouse chain.

Knight Webb Gallery – contemporary and thought provoking mixed media art from a stable of local and international artists.

The Chocolate Museum – a home for chocoholics! The museum tracks the history of cacao and chocolate making and features a packed events programme including pop up dinners, chocolate making workshops and The Chocolate Club for the real addicts.



Super Tone Records – originating as a sound system in the 1960’s Super Tone set up shop in Brixton in 1984 and is still the only place you should go for all your reggae needs.

Book Mongers – one of the few second hand bookshops that have survived the last twenty years.

Brixi – a little gem of a gift shop selling gifts and cards.

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