Brixton

You can literally rock down to Electric Avenue in this punk, post-punk, and neo-punk neighborhood.

Brixton embraces its unapologetically unpolished reputation. Evolving from a site of controversy and struggle during the 1990’s, Brixton has steadily increased its appeal without losing much of its cosmopolitan make-up. The neighborhood replaces Britain’s acclaimed architecture and posh boutiques with homespun culture and more than a bit of crass. Invitingly alternative, the neighborhood’s energy emanates from the shops along Electric Avenue to the art galleries, local markets, and pop-up restaurants in Brixton Village Market.

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On the Map

Brixton is within LB of Lambeth and bordered by Tulse Hill, Dulwich Village, Herne Hill, Balham, Stockwell, Clapham, Streatham, Dulwich, and LB of Southwark

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

The London Eye: 25 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 30 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 70 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 70 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 16 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 30 minutes on the tube

A Bastion of Cosmopolitan Communities

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Brixton's diverse community lends the neighborhood a sincerely lived-in feel.

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The origins of Brixton's residents become clear when you wander through the stalls of Brixton Market.

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The marketplace overflows with a variety of goods and products from around the world. You can pick up tropical foods, new tunes, and exotic fabrics in a single visit.

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You can also meet the people behind the stalls, many of whom have rich stories to share.

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Brixton, one of the oldest quarter of London, has everything. A great cinema in the Ritzy, some smartish bars, a range of great restaurants, as multicultural as its community, and a busy street vibe."

A Culinary World Under One Roof

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Brixton Village Market is a food aficionado's dream. Unpretentious and affordable restaurants represent cultural specialties from around the globe.

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Sample cuisines from India, Africa, Asia, and South America.

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Once old and weathered, Brixton Village Market's shops have since renovated, remodeled, and reimagined their spaces into the thriving boutiques and artisanal shops that you see today.

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On the other side of the market, the sweet smell of cake batter infuses the air.

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These sweet spots have helped reinvigorate the marketplace.

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Brixton Village has a great artisan market with fresh quirky restaurants and vintage clothing and craft shops, an independant cinema, coffee shops and a big department store in it's centre. Its residential streets are beautiful, with leafy rows of terraced houses and convenience stores on every corner. Enjoy the best of both world being in a vibrant local neighborhood yet close to London's centre ..."

Movie Venues and Music Venues

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The Ritzy Picturehouse is the largest independent cinema in the United Kingdom. The theatre screens art-house films alongside mainstream movies.

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Not in the mood to sit through a movie?

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Brixton Academy often hosts live music shows.

Brockwell Park

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Popular with locals, especially during the summer months, Brockwell Park offers something for everyone including tennis courts and football pitches.

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Brockwell Lido is one of London's few remaining outdoor pools as well as a local favorite.

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Brockwell Hall has a cafe on the ground floor that sells tea, cake, and ice cream.

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I liked that the neighborhood was more residential, so you can get a feel for what it's like to really live in London."

Chris

Visited in 2013

A Look Around the Neighborhood

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Brixton is in Zone 2 on the Victoria line. Trains go directly to Pimlico (Tate Britain Gallery), Victoria (Buckingham Palace), Green Park (Mayfair), Oxford Circus (Shopping in the West End) and Kings Cross St. Pancras (so you can catch the Eurostar to Paris).

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Brixton's Lambeth Town Hall rises into the sky.

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Give Brixton a look.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

French photographer Antoine Breant has now lived in London for the past two years. This project for Airbnb gave him a chance to explore new spaces within London, get acquainted with the British way of life, and encounter a new dimension of the city.

Antoine Breant

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Chris has worked as a London-based photographer for seven years. He specializes in architectural, interior, and real estate photography, and his various commissions include global magazines and websites across the globe. This project for Airbnb has given Chris the chance to explore and discover London's deep diversity.

Chris Snook

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Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighborhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighborhoods.

Sophie Carr

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