When I first told my friends and family back home that I was moving to London and would be living a stones throw away from Brixton, their responses were mixed. The question I perhaps met most frequently was “But doesn’t Brixton have a bad reputation?” You may think that this is a fairly generic stance from someone living outside of London, however I’ve found more and more that a lot of people I meet here seem to have the same view.
For any faults the area might have, I love Brixton. It has gumption. You’ll experience diversity in age, race and sex just by taking a few steps. The market is a particularly fascinating example of what happens when cultures mesh – the food variety, the languages, even the fashion – it’s always growing and evolving. It is, unfortunately, becoming more hip even despite it’s shadows – there’s a notable influx in ‘trendy’ eateries and trendier cliental. If you’ve never been to Electric Avenue, I recommend you go now whilst it’s still holding onto it’s roots.