With its in-your-face attitude and anti-establishment identity, Brixton is truly a unique part of London. In its markets, you will find a vibrant, innovative and creative food culture that is a heady mix of traditional market traders, restaurants, food producers, design stores, cash and carry supermarkets and Afro-Caribbean food stalls.
This burgeoning food scene is the result of a Space Makers urban generation project initiative “Empty Space Project” five years ago with London & Associated Properties Plc and Lambeth Council. Since then, the market has flourished, attracting newcomers as well as retaining its old residents. It is this fusion of peoples and food traditions that makes Brixton so unique. On a Saturday morning, you’ll mix with local shoppers bartering over prices with a new generation of locals enjoying breakfast.
Start your walk at Market Row. This smaller of the two markets is probably closest to Brixton’s true identity - a mix of African and Caribbean traders, fishmongers, butchers, and newcomers. To find it, walk down Electric Avenue, past all the discount telephone stores and street stalls selling clothing, luggage and plastic home-wares. Turn right onto Electric Lane. At the entrance to Market Row look out for the spiritual store with its curious display of black magic items, including candles to ward off evil thoughts and ones for immigration.
Distinctly British with an unmistakable passion for the great British larder, we just love this local supplier of all things charcuterie - Cannon & Cannon. With a store at London Borough Market and a permanent home at Brixton Village, these charcuterie boys offer some of the city’s best charcuterie and cheeses. Sample the veal, pork and lemon or cobnut salami (English hazelnut) - all included in the 3 for £10 offer or try some of the Wild Scottish Red Deer Chorizo (if it’s available). All artisan and made with 100% British produce, their selection of seasonal hams, salamis and cured meats champions this emerging British food craft. In their Brixton deli, you’ll also find a range of cheeses including Bermondsey Spa from SE16, Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire, and Lincolnshire Poacher and crafted beers like Kernel Brewery. The seasonal theme continues upstairs at Salon - a supper club styled restaurant that plays host to monthly food events (it is also open Friday - Sunday for lunch and dinner). And for one of the best food ideas that we have come across this year, you can join Cannon & Cannon’s meat club to secure their very finest.
Address: Brixton Village, 18 Market Row, London SW9 8LD
Opening hours: Tues to Sunday
Tel: 020 7501 9152
Simply click on the photos below to discover the best of London's larder for your 2013 Christmas.
On the 12th day of Christmas, we had CAKE. Every year we say the same thing, we miss our Mum’s BUT this year we discovered The Christmas Cake at London Borough Market. Made by three sisters - Pandora, Portia, and Scarlett, we think their cake laced with lashings of boozy booze, fruits so pickled they’re falling over themselves, and an abundance of Christmas cheer, is better than our Mum’s. So feast your eye on this fancy for the best of Christmas and a mighty conclusion to our 12 days of Christmas fare.
On the 11th day of Christmas, we ate PUDDING. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the pyrotechnic joy of a flaming pud with sixpences hidden within. So we raided London’s larder and nominated the following for the most delectable pud: