Pop Brixton – Pop Up London Street Food Market
Today I visit Pop Brixton for some South London street Food. This South East London Street Food Market has become a destination for foodies with all the amazing pop up restaurants serving delicious street food and drink that have opened. I try some jerk Chicken, a taste of the Caribbean from Mamas jerk.
Since first opening back in May 2015 Pop Brixton is becoming a thriving destination for visitors and small start up businesses. Pop Brixton offers affordable workspaces and restaurant spaces for innovative locals and community schemes. Its also a destination for food lovers with an impressive line up of new street food businesses. All hoping to launch from the pop-up shipping container village on to the London food scene.
Check out my Youtube vlog of my trip right here:
Pop Brixton is a pop up shopping detestation made from shipping containers. With fashion, casual dining food restaurants and vendors and event spaces along with regular fitness classes. In the event space there are regular or one off events some commercial like cinema screenings and some community based like the one being held today for local youth development. Lets face it there are striking similarities with Boxpark in Shoreditch. But Pop Brixton definitely has a South London community feel, a Brixton Vibe.
Pop Brixton is very much trying to be inclusive for the local community. The local Brixton community are very much the key to its very survival right now as well as its future success. Brixton is not the super cool destination that Shoeditch is and although I think pop Brixton shares the original spirit of Boxpark it has very much a South East London feel.
It looks and feels real, the containers themselves are recycled or up-cycled. Its a bit rough around the edges just like Brixton, where as in Box park they are brand new and look it.
The traders in Brixton are mostly small independent businesses, there is also commercial office space and event space. Box park is home to more big brands than start ups and also being larger they have a more mixed approach perfect for their locations but not necessarily right for this one.
Brixton needs how can I say this, it needs evolution with community involvement to avoid possible revolution. Brixton has had a troubled image in recent decades but it also has a lot to be proud of.
I spoke to some traders in the market and they were well aware of the animosity towards the perceived gentrification of Brixton. But they were also positive about the changes, positive about the future. Concerned about rent rises for sure especially after network rail started to make changes to the tenancies of the railway arches. But that concern was some what off set by the influx of people.
Pop Brixton and some of the other spaces and some of the new shops and casual dining spots have brought far more footfall to the area than it has seen for a long time.
Brixton Indoor Markets
Brixton has some amazing spaces and enclosed market spaces. And also a vibrant street market. Pop Brixton and some of the markets are enclosed and so can be enjoyed in all weathers.
The 1920s indoor markets have a very continental design. They were built a very long time ago but are perfect for modern consumers.
Brixton has always been a vibrant place. So now its become a great place for people to meet and eat , drink and socialise or just watch the world go by.
For me pop Brixton is about the street food. Brixton is now a place where people can eat well. Also with all the new fashion stores, dress well. And with the traditional and historic market here too there is an amazing mix of traders and visitors. Innovation, creation and its exciting.
I think Brixtion is more exciting than its ever been and this time around for the right reasons.
Pop Brixton website: www.popbrixton.org