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Property Property in Brixton
Is varied. A mostly agricultural area up until the arrival of the train line means Brixton blossomed during the Industrial Revolution and the architecture is generally Victorian and post-Victorian. The oldest buildings are 46 Acre Lane (c.1808), St Matthew’s Church (c.1812) and the Trinity Almshouses (c.1824).
By the mid 1920s Brixton had the largest shopping centre in south London, but it was bombed extensively in WW2. Social housing was desperately needed to get residents out of ensuing slums and six housing estates stand today. Our favourite is the neo-Brutal Southwyck House on Coldharbour Lane. It’s horrid.
Find tall rows of elegant Victorian townhouses either side of Brixton Road and sweeping down one side of Coldharbour Lane. Thumping great Edwardian masterpieces edge Brockwell Park and a pretty enclave of streets form the area beyond St Matthew’s Church. Brixton is bursting with houses and flats, you should find what you’re looking for.
Sudbourne Primary, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary and St Jude’s Church of England are all outstanding Brixton schools while St Helen’s Catholic School is very good. Holy Trinity and Jubilee Primary are fair and improving. Older girls can attend St Martin in the Fields, while Dunraven provides a very good mixed secondary choice.
SW9 shopping and leisure
A vibrant area (the UK’s first wave of West Indian immigrants settled in Brixton), SW9 is lucky to share a good cultural mix, fab selection of shops and some outstanding restaurants and bars. Brixton market is excellent and an eclectic mix of shops surround the train station (selling fabric outlets, haberdashers, a very good musical instrument shop and wholefood store, among others). There’s a Morley’s department store, Mothercare, JOY, Warehouse, Boots and umpteen others in the centre. Restaurants are diverse and very good; Franco Manca’s pizzas have been called “the best in London” by the Observer, while Ichiban Sushi (Japanese) and Khamsa (Morrocan) come highly recommended (there are plenty more for you to discover). Nightlife is also superb; there’s the incredible 02 Academy (one of the most striking live music venues) and a variety of clubs and late-night bars. Also worth a mention is the Brixton Cycles next to the skatepark—people travel for miles for advice from these guys.
Fringe arts include Red Gate and ASC artists’ studios and also Arch 468 and Landor theatres. The Italia Conti is on Landor Rd and a fair smattering of pubs provide extra circular activities (art shows, comedy etc).
Public transport from Brixton
Very, very good. The Victoria Line begins at Brixton for high-speed access into town (5 stops to Oxford Circus) and Brixton overground is on the Victoria to Orpington line. Buses galore sweep up and down Brixton Road with nightbus services to suit party people.
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