Well-connected by bus, tram and tube, Brixton is a jewel in South London’s crown that embodies the impossible: a zone 2 town with a neighbourhood feel. It even has its own currency – the Brixton Pound – established to encourage shopping local. Brixton has a prominent Afro-Caribbean community, kicked off by the arrival of the Windrush Generation in the late 1940s, and the area in front of the Black Cultural Archive was renamed Windrush Square in the late 1990s to celebrate this. Multiculturalism is one of Brixton’s defining features – you can find almost any sort of cuisine here – and, despite the wave of gentrification washing over South London, Brixton retains its gregarious, vibrant persona throughout the indoor and outdoor markets. Pop Brixton – a local project housing independent businesses on Brixton Station Road – looks set to extend its residency until 2024. Music plays (ha!) its part in Brixton – the O2 Brixton Academy is one of the most popular venues in the world for bands and public alike, and Brixton’s most famous musical progeny, David Bowie, is immortalised on the wall of Morley’s Department Store on Tunstall Road. Quiet can be found nearby in Windmill Gardens – wait, is that a real windmill? – or a little further towards Herne Hill in Brockwell Park.
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