My Afternoon In Brixton – Review

A few weeks ago I went to visit Brixton with the sole intention  of checking out the Black Cultural Archives. Although just like Camden, Brixton had more plans for me and my afternoon visit!

Brixton is a place with a lot of colour and vibrancy. Brings together flavours, smells, sounds and characters from many countries and cultures.

I stepped out of Brixton station and I felt like I was in a different world. Like I’d flown into space and I’m in awe with the zero gravity. Here’s what I did that made me in awe of one of South London’s hot spots.

Black Cultural Archives

The Black Cultural Archives was originally what I popped to Brixton for. It features the history of Black Britain and the impact black people had on Britain on a societal, political and economical scale. Also how it trickled into local communities.

You get a sense for the works, stories and successes of black people both past and present, who fought for our rights and broke barriers and boundaries in their respective fields and industries. Ranging from hair and beauty, nursing to music and corporate.

Unfortunately, the biggest problem we have with out history is that it is something very rarely taught in schools and other academic institutions, black history month aside.

It’s strange considering the fact that ethnic minorities, not just the black communities, helped form the foundations of modern Britain today just as much as the majority.  In other words, Black British history is British history. Even the board on Black British history I feel wasn’t 100% accurate with bits of info missing. That also shows how much it’s important to learn about ourselves and that learning itself never stops.

As quiet and small as the centre was I had a blast going through the past to the present and looking at the greatness we have achieved and helped the country achieve too. It also makes me contemplate what our future will be like.

The archives opened in 2014 as the first black national centre in the UK. You get free entry into the archives themselves, with the limited exhibitions being £3.00 for each one.

The Receptionist (Melissa i think) greeted me had such strong and warm energy. Shoutout to her, she filled me in on backstory on the archives and its founder Len Kwesi Garrison. Even at the end we had positive convos about our outlooks on black history in the UK.

Brixton Market

It probably the hearbeat of the area itself, Brixton Market. The market was crowded with countless of street Food & Fruit and Veg stalls, butchers, hair and beauty/cosmetics shops. If you want a Jamaican patty? It’s here. You want some supermalt? Right here.

It was so cool admiring the fact I could hear one kind of music then move on to another part and here a completely different kind of music altogether. Reliance Arcade, Market Row and Brixton Village are where you mainly wanna be if you hit up Brixton Market. In my post about my time in Camden I said I wanted to visit more markets and here’s another ticked off. Time well spent doing so.

Pop Brixton

Pop Brixton is a space that’s physically representative of how multicultural Brixton is. It’s got food and drinks from all over the world: food stalls for Cuisines such as Greek, Guyanese and Venezuelan that I rarely see.

The stalls themselves are more than happy and comfortable helping each other out which is always good to see. They also have Breakfast FM and Capital FM often hosting events here on weekends so the place becomes a proper vibe around then.

Speaking of events, one of the upcoming networking events I’m going to is gonna be at Pop Brixton as well. Shoutout to Black Travel Creators!

As you can see in the pics below stalls are literally created in storage containers and units. How mad is that! If you wanted a visual definition of creativity and uniqueness Pop Brixton defo provides it.

Bagel World

Brixton didn’t let me leave without having something sweet or savoury to bite.

So into Bagel World I went. It’s been opened for about 5 months so it’s a new business in town. I was attracted by their bagels – but ended up leaving with a Banana Cake. I know – very random but worth the £1.80. It was so delicious and sweet. Don’t even care if they didn’t make it themselves. This was the healthy ****! Looking at the menu I took home with me made me think how good their bagels and other dishes are. I’m defo going to find the answer to that soon.

Edit: Bagel World is unfortunately now closed indefinitely 🙁

Final Word

To round up, Brixton for me is a very diverse, inspiringly creative and raw in terms of its vibe and setting. It is such a real gem that I myself as a Londoner feel low-key ashamed for not going and holding in a negative light because of previously high crime rates. I would recommend if you’re a tourist looking out for the multiculturalism London prides itself and also exploring not-so touristy areas of the city.

Over to you guys! Have you visited Brixton before? What’s your take on the area ? Would you be interested in visiting after reading about my time here? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!

But till next time – Peace xD

Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

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21 Comments

  1. May 8, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    I’ve never visited Brixton before. It looks like an incredibly vibrant place. I love a history fuelled visit to a place!!!xxx

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 8:18 am

      100% Ashley! Look to pass through there one day

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 9, 2019 / 10:59 pm

      You’re welcome! Thank you for reading yourself 🙂

  2. May 9, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    I haven’t had a proper wander in Brixton in years. This post has made me want to brush up on that. Looks like you had a great time there. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 9, 2019 / 10:59 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  3. May 10, 2019 / 10:37 am

    Great post. I really need to pay Brixton a visit. I know it’s changed/changing but glad to see cultural influences are still coming through

  4. Ros
    May 10, 2019 / 5:24 pm

    This was a great read and good insight into Brixton. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    xo Ros @ ZenHealth

    • Johnny
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      May 11, 2019 / 9:28 am

      No worries Ros, happy that you found Brixton insightful

  5. Boss Babe Chronicles
    May 11, 2019 / 8:46 am

    Brixton looks wonderful and so full of life! Thank you for sharing, I will have to pay it a visit sometime!

  6. May 12, 2019 / 9:54 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to Brixton!
    Although I go into London often, I think this is just an area I’ve never visited because I didn’t know what was there.
    I think I’d like the markets!

    Love Lozza xo
    http://girlygabble.com

  7. May 12, 2019 / 3:48 pm

    I love Brixton. It’s been good to see the money and regeneration that has gone into the area as well compared to when I first visited in early 2000’s.
    I totally agree regarding ‘Black history’ not being taught as part of ‘British History’ itself in educational settings. So it’s good to hear about the Black Cultural Archives as I didn’t know this existed. Another great way blogging helps spread the word hey…
    Helen | http://www.helensjourney.com

  8. May 12, 2019 / 9:19 pm

    Great post dear. Brixton has a lot to offer, whether it’s art, history or food, it’s all avaliable within walking distance.

    && that banana bread looks delicious, I might need to head to Bagel World too.

    Tx. // Tajinder Kaur

    • Johnny
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      May 13, 2019 / 10:46 am

      100% Brixton almost has it all if you think about it. I’m so obsessed with banana bread now – been trying to get my hands on some ever since! They’re definitely worth a visit 🙂

  9. May 13, 2019 / 11:56 am

    Looks like a fun day! I’ll be sure to pass through this area one day when I take my long overdue trip to the UK! Didn’t know about it before, but now I do thanks to your post.

  10. May 19, 2019 / 9:02 pm

    I’m dying to go back to London asap after reading this post! I’ve never been to Brixton but will definitely make sure to dedicate a whole day exploring it.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Malena

    • Johnny
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      May 20, 2019 / 9:06 pm

      Ohhh defo make the effort to visit Brixton when you’re back. A whole day isn’t really needed though in my opinion – I’d say a good portion of an afternoon. Cheers for reading :)’

  11. May 19, 2019 / 10:11 pm

    I’ve been to Brixton a few times but not a lot. I like it! It has a really great vibe. I did laugh a little when you left the bagel place with some banana cake though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! x

    Sophie

    • Johnny
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 9:08 pm

      😂😂😂 I can be so weird to be honest – I went there on Saturday to actually get a bagel only for it to be shut for refurbishments 😣 Anyway no worries!

  12. May 21, 2019 / 7:58 pm

    The first time I ever visited London, we stayed in Brixton (My friend’s cousin had a flat there where we stayed). I remember being so excited to have seen the actual electric avenue with all the market stalls (ashamedly I didn’t realise it was an actual street but just a song by Eddy Grant). I bet it has changed since I last went in 2010! Would love to visit again, maybe on my next trip at the end of the year!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

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