The Brixton rennaissance

I don’t know what’s happening or why, but there is a real sense living in Brixton that something is happening and that it’s good.  For years people have been saying that Brixton’s “up and coming” but finally it feels like things are moving.  There’s an excitement in the air – recently we’ve seen the arrival of Brixton farmer’s market on Brixton station road;  a new smaller market outside the KFC selling hemp porridge, venison sausages, olives and lamb burgers; and the Brixton market itself is alive with the now famous Franco Manca, Wild Caper and Rosie’s deli, as well as the usual jerk chicken shops, music stalls, and fish and meat outlets.  There’s new bars like The Rest Is Noise, the Prince and Dex Club and the refurbished Plan B. Everyone seems to be walking round with a smile, slightly smug, as if to say “yes, I live here” .  They’s building a new Brixton Square  to be the focal point of this new “village”, and even the tiny park on my street is being done up, in a Grand Designs type community design.  Lottery money has flooded into the gorgeous Brockwell Park (which has a view of the City that can rival, sort of, Hampstead Heath) which now has a real community feel with lots of local events.

With Victorian terraced houses at far lower prices than neighbouring Clapham, estate agents say that for the first time young professionals are choosing to move from Clapham to Brixton, rather than the other way round.  Of course, this leads to a concern about pushing up house prices, and forcing the communities who make Brixton the place it is into other areas, but at the moment its a great mix of people – if you walk round the market you see old and young, every nationality you can think of, all enjoying what Brixton has to offer.

According to my North London friend Amy, Brixton is the only place in South London that has the same vibe as north of the river.  High praise indeed.

UPDATE:  The now defunct Woolworths on Brixton high street is going to be transformed into an H&M!  Now there really is very little reason to leave our little village of a weekend…

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7 responses to “The Brixton rennaissance

  1. Just came across this post via a comment you left on Rosie Lovell’s blog. There’s definitely something going on in Brixton at the moment!

    I’m part of the gang running the Space Makers project at Brixton Village indoor market (the old Granville Arcade):

    http://spacemakers.org.uk/brixton/

    I don’t know if you’ve been down recently, but there’s a whole wave of new pop-ups and permanent shops launched over the last few weeks – from vintage shops and a deli selling Brixton-made food, to temporary theatres and galleries, a design studio and a community shop run by Transition Town Brixton. There’s more coming in the near future, including several cafes and restaurants opening later this month. (We’re having a big food event on Saturday 16th…)

    I actually live in Hackney, but I agree with your friend about the vibe in Brixton. It’s an exciting place to be right now.

    • Wow thanks Dougald – just looked at what’s on and looks fanastic! No I hadnt been down since December so will have to check it out this weekend and on 16th. Thanks for pointing it out! Sasha x

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  3. Hi,

    You didn’t menton something else quite uniquely cool in Brixton – we now have our own currency! The Brixton pound launched in Sept 2009 and there are now 138 shops who accept it. The B£ is designed to stimulate and promote local businesses and is definitely doing that – for example almost all the new spacemakers shops are very enthusiastic about it.
    Check us out on the web for more info!

    Simon

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