Spring is in the air: maps out, time to get adventurous filled! City breaks are awesome and perfect for dipping your toe into new cultures abroad, but sometimes we forget that there’s everything worth exploring right on your doorstep. Lucky for us, our doorstep is right the heart of Brixton. Join us in an SW9 staycation, where we discover the top local attractions ideal for the curious Londoner.
As our members know, we embrace our position as part of a unique London community. Local business frequently partner up with us for studio pop-ups and we even offer a membership discount to Lambeth Council employees. Keeping it local is high on our list of priorities. In the past, we’ve supported Brixton Soup Kitchen by running a yoga class outside in Windrush Square, free for everyone to take part. Offering regular Open Houses were members can bring friends to the studio for free is also part of the same initiative.
Shop, Eat & Drink in Brixton Village and Market Row
Our next door neighbour and go-to for our team: Brixton Village and Market Row are the places to go for foods from around the world. You’ll find Europe, India, Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean all represented. And shops that sell everything from charcuterie and cheese to traditional Chinese medicine. We also love Philip Normal for their awesome T-shirts!
Black Cultural Archives
Black Cultural Archives is the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. This is achieved through our exhibitions, public programmes and events. Our growing collection of original archives constitute a permanent record of the richness of the Black experience in Britain and is accessible to all.
Head across the road from Brixton tube station and you’ll find the triable to David Bowie, who grew up in Brixton. The graffiti artwork is the work of Australian artist James Cochran, who completed the portrait in 2013. It features Bowie, or alternatively, Ziggy Stardust, as he appears on the cover of his 1973 album, Aladdin Sane. Bowie explained that the vibrant lightning bolt across his face represented duality of the mind, and it remains a popular cultural image today.
Visit Brixton Windmill
Yes, you read that correctly. Brixton has it’s own Windmill. In fact, it’s London’s last working windmill. Why not book a tour of this unique 200-year-old building, buy freshly ground flour, or take part in a community festival.
Watch a film at The Rizty
Opening as a Cinema in 1911, The Ritzy has become a local institution and is home to one of the most beautiful Grade II listed auditoriums. As well as all the best films, from blockbusters to art house and classics, there are also two bars, one offering a view across Windrush Square and serving slap-up café food, while Upstairs at the Ritzy plays host to an array of club nights and stand-up shows.
Get hot and stretch at Fierce Grace Brixton
We couldn’t compile a list of top places to visit, without mentioning our studio. Fierce Grace Brixton is a bustling hot yoga studio in the heart of SW9, South West London. Since 2014, it has cultivated a special community of members of all ages, shapes and sizes, beginner and advanced alike. The studio’s high standard of facilities, great teachers and well-trained staff make it the most established studio in Brixton.
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