Oh Brixton, why do people avoid you so? Unfortunately a lot of people are scared to visit because you’ve got a bit of a bad reputation, but all I found on my visit was colour and quirk!
It’s probably not top of your list for places to visit in London, usually tourists opt for the more ‘classic’ tourist areas such as Soho, Chelsea and London Bridge, but Brixton is cool. It’s not a ground breaking discovery – a lot of people already know this, having lived and enjoyed the buzz and grit for years, but after exploring for the first time I felt like I needed to lift the lid.
You all know how much I love to explore London in search of new things, so when I realised that I’d never been to Brixton I planned an adventure. The other week I met Fab from Snail Mail Love at the station and we literally just wandered the streets, looking to discover whatever Brixton wanted to reveal to us. With Brixton’s rep, to some it might sound dangerous for 2 girls to walk around with cameras but this is London – there’s just as much chance of being mugged on Oxford Street!
For about 2 hours we walked, chatted and snapped away, enjoying Brixton’s vibrant surroundings. Markets selling fresh fish next to woven baskets, hand painted murals, candy coloured walls and graffiti, plenty of graffiti. It kinda reminded me of East London actually, with a Dalston vibe – anyone else agree?
Anyway, enough of me rambling! Let me show you the good stuff, a few photos that I took whilst exploring:
Bet you didn’t expect to see all of that colour, did you?
There’s been an extra bit of buzz around Brixton throughout the London Design Festival 2016 (watch my LDF vlogs part 1 & part 2 over on Youtube), with the Brixton Design Trail and you might have seen the Eley Kishimoto flash crossings popping up on your Instagram feeds. I thought it was a cool way to help the public engage and enjoy art, and stop traffic too.
Pretty cool, right? I guess that one of the reasons Brixton is still able to be cool is because the tourists don’t flock to it – not a Big Ben model or union jack flag in sight. Still, it would be great to see a bit more love for the area as there are a lot of great shops, bars and cool things happening.
And incase you didn’t already know… I have a Youtube channel where I’m uploading videos every week of my adventures in London & other Design related things, including this vlog exploring Brixton (and a few other bits):
So, who’s in love with Brixton now? As with any part of London there are the not so nice bits, but Brixton has energy and excitement waiting around every corner. Give it a chance and I’m sure you’ll be surprised what you’ll find…