A mini-guide to Brixton for first-time visitors


Brixton is one of London’s most impressive areas, popular with both London natives and visitors alike for its eclectic range of things to see and do. If you’re visiting for the first time, here are a few things to know about this edgy neighbourhood…

All about Brixton

Situated in the centre of South London, Brixton is known for its artistic vibe and championing of local community spirit. It is home to some of the city’s most popular live music venues, which regularly draw huge crowds for shows from some of the world’s top musical talent. There are also a number of notable landmarks to explore while staying at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London. Here are a few of the key things to see and do when you’re in the local area…

Brixton Market

London’s markets are famous throughout the country, and Brixton Market certainly has much to recommend it. There’s a bustling atmosphere and great shopping to be had, particularly if you’re keen on trying local produce from some of London’s top producers.

As a major hub of independent shopping and food, the market is comprised of two different indoor markets, situated in arcades. The venue helps to showcase not only the great diversity of production which can be found here, but also the sheer size and scale which Brixton champions – with almost 130 different traders selling their wares.

Brockwell Park

Brockwell Park London

Another thing which London is well known for is its plentiful green spaces, and this is something which Brixton can certainly claim to take part in! When you stay at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London, head along to Brockwell Park to indulge in some of the most popular local activities, including swimming in the lido, playing football and flying kites. If all this sounds a little too energetic, then simply relax by one of the duck ponds or grab a bite to eat at the Grade II listed hall which stands in the centre of the park.

Ritzy Cinema Brixton

As one of the cultural centres of Brixton, Ritzy Cinema offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a film and grab a few drinks in great company and creative surroundings. It’s one of the area’s most well-loved spaces, first opened in 1911 and with a building which still represents the grandeur of a bygone era. With five screens to choose from, organise your parking in Shoreditch and head to Brixton for everything from the latest blockbusters to more art-house-friendly fare.

Music Venues

There are many different music venues in Brixton, including the ever-popular 02 Academy Brixton, which has a well-earned reputation as one of the city’s best places to go for a live show. Once a cinema, it is still a suitably grand space which suits the talented performers who appear here. Alternatively, places like Electric Brixton provide a more clubbing-centric vibe, and Hootananny is popular for those seeking a fun night out while staying nearby.