Brixton Things to Do Tips by aaaarrgh
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Brixton Windmill is a great photo opportunity and is regularly open to the public for visits. At one time there were many windmills on the hilltops to the south of London but nowadays there is only one left.
Brixton Windmill was built in 1816. By the early 1860's the streets of Brixton had reached the top of Brixton Hill and stopped the wind turning the sails. The sails were removed and the mill continued to be run by other means until 1934. After it closed, the building gradually decayed. By the early 2000's it was damaged and vandalised. However, thanks to money from the Heritage Lottery Fund the windmill has now been beautifully restored and also has some brand new sails! It reopened on 2 May 2011.
Check the webpage for a list of days the windmill is open to the public. It is in a small public park, so even when you can't get inside the windmill, you can freely wander around the outside.
Address: Windmill Gardens, Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill
Directions: A 10 minute walk up Brixton Hill from Brixton tube station. Blenheim Gardens is on the right shortly after passing Brixton Water Lane. Alternatively Bus 133 (from Liverpool Street Station) or Bus 59 (from Waterloo Bridge) go right past the location.
I don't quite know whether Ritzy Cinema is a 'Thing to do', 'Nightlife' or 'Restaurant' tip! It could easily be all three!
Ritzy's boast they are now the largest independent specialist cinema in the UK. The cinema opened in about 1910 and Screen 1 retains much of its Edwardian splendour with a vast vaulted roof and cherubs on the walls. Most enjoyable is the fact you can buy drinks at the bar and take them, in to the cinema with you! There are now five screens in total, but Screen 1 is by far the largest.
Ritzy's also has two bars and serves very decent food too. The vegetarian all-day breakfast is one of the best I've eaten, especially with the herby scrambled egg! You can eat under cover or spill out onto the pavement and watch the world go by.
Address: Windrush Square (Effra Road)
Directions: Opposite Lambeth Town Hall
The streets of Brixton are filled with colourful fruit, veg, meat and fish shops - so many I don't know how they all manage to survive! Best of all, in my view, is the covered Indoor Market, which dates from the 1920's. It has recently (2010) been given Grade II listing, which at least will protect its character and stop unscrupulous development (or demolition).
Brixton Indoor Market comprises three arcades. The main arcade is filled with fruit, fish, clothes and household goods stalls. It is very much a working market, the most popular stalls have queues of people buying exotic vegetables and Caribbean specialities.
The market has a split personality. The other main arcades are filling with trendy food cafe's and seem to attract the white middle class visitors in particular. Admittedly there are some great little cafe's, of many nationalities and often very good value!
Altogether an interesting location to explore!!
Address: Between Atlantic Road and Brixton Station Road
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