Local area guide

Living in Brixton - SW2

Famous for its music, art and cultural scene, Brixton is a lively and diverse area of South London with super fast links into central on the Victoria Line.

A haven for foodies, Brixton market is brimming with a wide selection of global cuisines and there are loads of great restaurants and cafes to choose from on Electric Avenue and its surrounding streets too.

With great architecture, amazing street art, a lovely arts cinema (the Brixton Ritzy), a bustling market and alternative as well as high street stores (not to mention a massive skate park) buzzing Brixton is where it's at.

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Why Brixton is a good place to live

If you love a buzzy vibe with lots of energy and plenty of stuff to do, then Brixton in South London is where it's at.

Few London towns can offer more choice when it comes to dining out, enjoying evening drinks or dancing the night away.

Brixton Village plays host to over 100 independent traders whose restaurants, boutiques, fruit and veg, meat, fish and international food shops are a foodie and shopper's dream.

It's a great place to hang out with a lively atmosphere and is popular with the locals. Brimming with menus from around the world, you're truly spoilt for choice here.

The Department Store in Brixton is well worth a visit for lunch, dinner or cocktails. On the ground floor, Canova Hall serves drinks and pizzas, while on the top floor, there's a members' bar and restaurant: Upstairs Brixton.

And the cultural scene here is excellent.

The much loved Brixton Ritzy arts cinema doesn't just screen excellent films, it showcases live theatre and opera from stages around the world, alongside independent and classic superhero movies.

It also offers places to eat, meet and relax, while hosting a busy calendar of events for everyone to explore.

Brixton's art scene is incredible. It has so many colourful murals and graffiti works of art that strolling through streets is like taking a tour through an al fresco art gallery.

Meanwhile for indoor appreciation, Brixton Art Gallery provides a focal point for the development of new and challenging British multicultural art in Lambeth and across the capital.

Brixton Tate Library, one of the first free libraries in London, resides in a beautiful Grade II listed building and offers a huge selection of children and adult books, as well as being a community hub and popular working space.

And musically, Brixton has it all. Whether you're after chilled-out rooftop parties or all-night mega clubbing sessions (more on this later), you'll find your favourite beats here.

What's Brixton famous for?

Brixton is a bohemian, multicultural neighbourhood bursting with music, arts, food and culture.

With incredible street art and murals (the David Bowie image on the walkway adjacent to Tunstall Walk became iconic at the time of his death) a tour of Brixton's streets is a must. And the legendary man himself was born here.

Brixton also has a prison with a restaurant. Staffed by prisoners and open to the public, The Clink Restaurant at Her Majesty's Prison, Brixton, serves a delicious menu in a stylish dining room that could rival any West End restaurant.

Electric Avenue, so called because it was the first shopping street in London to be lit by electric lights, was also made famous by Eddy Grant's 1983 chart-topping hit of the same name.

Things to do in Brixton

What isn't there to do in Brixton?

With a red-hot music scene and a dining circuit that's practically unrivalled across London for it's range and diversity, Brixton is a fantastic place to enjoy a night out.

The Electric club hosts epic all-nighters featuring big name acts and DJs across all music genres.

Brixton Jamm showcases everything from hip-hop to house, UKG to DnB, live bands to international DJs, with a heavy-hitting roster of eclectic party brands on rotation every month.

And the multi-floored bar and club the Prince of Wales has arguably the best terrace bar in London. It plays hosts to loose funk, house, soul, disco and hip hop, featuring various house and techno legends. Big name selectors, including Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay and Joey Negro, can be found spinning party jams on any given weekend.

Brixton’s cHIP sHOP at the junction of Atlantic Road and Coldharbour Lane also hosts regular events, including a special series of shows celebrating hip hop and featuring MOBO Award-winning rappers.

And the Brixton Academy, which is preparing a timeline to reopen soon, hosts some of the world's most esteemed artists.

For dining out, there's Brixton Village and Market and a whole world of top notch eateries with far too many to mention here.

But for a special night out, it's worth heading down to The Laundry, Naughty Piglets or Llewelyn's.

For a great Caribbean meal head to Negril on Brixton Hill, for Trinidadian fayre, Fish, Wings & Tings is where it's at, while Okan in Brixton Market does great Japanese dishes.

Finally if you love to shop, Brixton high street has regular big name faves including H&M, M&S, New Look, as well as beautiful boutique finds including Trouva, The Atelier, White Feather, Leona Vintage and The Keep.

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Transport in Brixton

Tube

Brixton is at the southern end of the Victoria line, meaning that outside of rush hour, you're practically guaranteed to get a seat.

Tubes leave every 2-3 minutes and it takes 12 minutes to get to Victoria and 14 minutes to get to Oxford Circus.

Train

Brixton also has an overground station, with trains connecting to Victoria every 15 minutes and Orpington (with various stops along the way including Herne Hill, Penge, Beckenham and Bromley) every 15 minutes.

Buses

Brixton is well connected by bus, with regular service running into central London every 5 minutes and out to neighbouring areas including Streatham, Tulse Hill, Clapham, Balham, Croydon and beyond.

Roads

Brixton is just 20 minutes from central London by car and is well connected to local neighbourhoods including Streatham, Herne Hill, Balham, Clapham and beyond.

It's near the A205 south circular, linking it to Dulwich, Catford and Lewisham and crucially, it's outside of the Congestion Charge Zone. But it's not outside of Ultra Low Emission Zone, meaning if your vehicle doesn't meet the Ulez emission standards, you'll be charged £12.50 a day for driving it in the area.

Airports

Gatwick Airport is 55 minutes from Brixton via the Victoria line and Gatwick Express, or just over an hour by car.

Heathrow Airport is just over an hour away by Tube and Heathrow Express or car, while London City Airport is around an hour by Tube and Docklands Light Railway or car.

Transport connections

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Loughborough Junction
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Clapham North
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Stockwell
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Clapham High Street
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Schools in Brixton

Brixton has a wealth of Good and Outstanding schools for pupils.

For primary aged children, Jessop Primary School & Children's Centre , Sudbourne Primary School, Iqra Primary School , Lark Hall Primary School, Elm Court School and Reay Primary School are among those rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

For secondary school pupils, La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School , Sacred Heart Catholic School, Elm Court and Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School are all rated Outstanding by Ofsted, as is nearby The Charter School in North Dulwich.

For Independent Schools, Streatham and Clapham High School for Girls is in neighbouring Streatham, while Dulwich College can be found in neighbouring Dulwich.

Schools in Brixton

Hill Mead Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Sudbourne Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
JUS Education
Ages: 11 - 16 years old
Stockwell Primary School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
St Helen's Catholic Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
Lansdowne School
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2021)