Meeting at Brixton station, this 90-minute walk takes us through one of the most vibrant and exciting districts of London, where the character of the area evolved with the arrival of immigrants from the Caribbean.
Brixton is home to the Brixton Academy, one of the country’s major music venues, Electric Avenue - the first shopping street to be electrically lit in the 1880s, and the first purpose-built department store in the country. The Ritzy Cinema, the oldest cinema in south London still in use, was originally the Brixton Theatre dating from 1894, whose foundation stone was laid by Victorian actor Henry Irving. The cinema has five screens and offers the best of arthouse and mainstream releases.
Stroll through Windrush Square (between Lambeth Town Hall and the Tate Library), named after the ‘Empire Windrush’, the former German warship which brought the first wave of Caribbeans to London in 1948. Why not explore Tate Library, built in 1892 by Sir Henry Tate, before wandering down Railton Road where the 1981 Brixton Riots began.
The Brixton Markets offer an insight into Brixton’s cosmopolitan roots and purvey everything from clothes to cuisine hailing from West India, including flying fish. The main area of the market can be found on Electric Avenue.
With its eclectic mix of restaurants, markets, shops and trendy bars, Brixton is many things to many people. What impression will Brixton leave on you?
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