As one of the few postcodes (SW9) to have a film made about it, it’s fair to say music is integral to the area. The biggest gigs are on at Brixton Academy, but there are plenty of smaller, more underground venues and clubs for the genre-hopping music fan. For those who like their guitars loud and their floors sticky, venture up Brixton Hill to Blenheim Gardens to The Brixton Windmill pub. Elsewhere, Brixton Jamm hosts club nights and live music sets. If you’re feeling peckish, head to Brixton Village, the buzzing covered market which has some BYO restaurants including Thai place Kaosarn. There are cheapo eats from around the world, but it can be very crowded at weekends.
Aside from the weekenders and party crowd, Brixton is very much a community neighbourhood, and its strong Afro-Caribbean heritage influences local culture, food and business in the area. Pop Brixton is a community project, supporting local enterprise and jobs, with 85 per cent of tenants resident in the area.