Brixton may not conjure up images of romance but it’s been developing fast over the past few years so it’s not one to overlook. The area around the classic Ritzy cinema has been completely redeveloped and now regularly plays host to small festivals and events. Brixton village, a once dilapidated shopping arcade is now a super trendy restaurant hotspot and Brixton’s bars and clubs are some of the most fun and vibrant in London.
So Brixton for a date? Sure, why not. Read on and we’ll tell you about all the best places to go.
What To Do in Brixton
Brockwell Park is one of South London’s best parks, never too busy on a hot day and perfect for a picnic. You can get a good view of London from the top of the hill and Brockwell Lido is, in our opinion, the nicest lido in London. It also has the award-winning Lido Cafe that serves truly delicious food. Brockwell Park also plays host to Lambeth Country Show which is an awesome event in the summer. You’ll find jerk chicken, cider, a fairground, live music, endless cake stalls and a petting zoo. What more could you want?
The Ritzy is Brixton’s iconic Picturehouse cinema, having been lovingly restored. Screen 1 makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time with is fantastic architecture and 1930s seats. The Ritzy also has a fantastic bar and shows mainstream as well as art-house and independent films.
Brixton Windmill and gardens sits on Brixton Hill next to Brixton Prison. There are guided tours of the mills but booking is advised as they only run on specific dates. A windmill isn’t something you’d expect to find in Brixton but windmills in Lambeth were once a common sight in the 18th and 19th centuries. The windmill tours and activities are more focused at families but if you are after some history it’s worth checking out. The White Horse pub is also close by and is good choice for a drink and bite to eat before or after.
Brixton Academy is South London’s premier gig venue, check out what’s on at the academy as it might be the perfect gig for your date
Eat in Brixton
Brixton Village is a culinary treasure trove and is the hot place to go at the moment. If you haven’t been to Brixton Village before then we really recommend it plus it’s recently extended in to Brixton Market Row which runs next to Electric Avenue so there’s loads of choice – have a wander around and see what takes your fancy. It can get busy at some of the more popular restaurants but they’re popular for a reason so get in the queue. To name a few of our favourites;
Honest Burger– Delicious simple burgers with rosemary fries
Franco Manca – Tasty Sourdough pizza
KoaSarn – A scrumptious BYOB Thai restaurant
Mama Lan – Yummy Japanese dumplings, soups and noodles
Agile Rabbit – Appetizing super thin crust pizza
Federation Coffee – Great coffee and mouth-watering snacks
Lab G – Amazing artisanal ice-cream – the salted caramel is out of this world
There are loads of excellent places to visit – if you have a favourite please let us know.
Drink in Brixton
Brixton is a vibrant and exciting London hotspot with a slightly gritty edge to it. It’s got loads to offer both day and night and is full of pubs, bars and clubs that will suit everyone’s tastes.
The Whitehorse is a comfy and funky pub that serves cheap and tasty food. It’s laid back in the day but hots up in the evening, staying open until 3am.
The Dogstar pub, sitting on Coldharbour Lane is a Brixton institution. It has three floors and is a firm favourite of clubbers with its cool urban vibe. Get there early to avoid the door charge.
The Hootananny is one of our all-time favourite London nights out. It has live music and plays host to London’s new and upcoming bands as well as classic ska and reggae acts. Plus outside there’s a pizza oven, Mexican stand and jerk chicken stall which means you can satisfy those drunken cravings without having to end the night.
Mango Landin is also just around the corner from the Hootananny and serves well priced cocktails against a backdrop of Northern Soul music. It also gives you the chance to thrash your date at table football.
Seven at Brixton situated in Brixton Market Row offers up some of the best cocktails in Brixton for the bargain price of a fiver. Serving delicious tapas and pintxos, Seven is an excellent choice for a date. Get there early as it gets very busy late on.
Kaff Bar offers a warm and relaxed environment and is a good choice for a date day or night. It has comfy sofas and in the daytime serves good quality coffee and food as well as offering free Wi-Fi. It livens up in the evening offering cheap beers, wines and cocktails. Try the 10p mix cocktail which comes with a bag full of twizzlers and flying saucers (though not actually 10p but a fiver).
If you know any other awesome things to do in Brixton then please let us know by commenting.
Ritzy Cinema Website
Brixton Windmill Website
White Horse Website
Brixton Academy – Ticketmaster
Brockwell Lido Website
Lambeth County Show Website
Brixton Village Website
Seven at Brixton Website
Kaff bar Website
Honest Burgers Website
Franco Manca Website
Federation Coffee Website