Living Local: Brixton


Multi-cultured, multi-raced, multi-socioeconomic standing, there are many ‘multi-isms’ which can be used to describe the mix of people living in one of London’s popular ‘Transition towns’.

Traditionally an area home to London’s Afro-Caribbean community, as well as Asian and Middle Eastern families, Brixton has since had an influx of young professionals and couples from British born backgrounds who are setting up home because of its more affordable property prices – in comparison to rents in neighbouring Battersea and Clapham.

Property Management company Eden Harper work solely in Brixton and Battersea, and Director Rirchard Symes, who has an intimate understanding of the area having lived and worked in Brixton since the 1990s, says you won’t find an area quite like it.

You don’t have to look hard to find what’s to like, even love, about Brixton. The diversity of its community has a strong influence on the variety of restaurants, cafés, coffee shops and bars, and Brixton’s Market is a renowned destination for ‘Foodies’. Whether it’s fiery Portuguese chicken, a hearty Brazilian feijoada (stew), spicy Caribbean jerk chicken, or a whole host of curries, noodle dishes, and sushi from south Asia, there are any number of reputable eateries to enjoy a meal with friends, family, or a special date…

Away from eating out, the high street has your everyday shops and supermarkets, but it’s the leisure activities which are a real pull for those who like to make the most of their downtime. Catch a film at Brixton’s independent Ritzy cinema, have a drink in the Effra Hall Tavern, listen to some much-loved indie act at Brixton’s O2 Academy (or The Windmill if you’re looking for live music in a more informal setting), and educate your palate with a trip to the Market (go hungry and leave full!). Night owls are catered for too, with pubs like the Dogstar open until 4am on a weekend, and Club 414 a venue for those looking to rave the night away.

There are very few areas left in London where you’ll find as many people in the same town from as many different walks of life, and one of the attractions of Brixton is its diversity and the blend of different cultures and people.”
Rirchard Symes, Director of Eden Harper