Brixton’s funky Market sells a wide selection of produce. You’ll see parrot fish from the Seychelles, sweet potatoes from Jamaica and even six-inch snails from Nigeria. There are also brightly coloured cottons bearing African prints and music shops selling reggae, jazz, hip hop and r&b.;
Brixton is renowned for its music venues and clubs – of which The Fridge and the Brixton Academy are probably the best known. (Madonna’s concert at the latter was the biggest live webcastever at the time.) There are many good-value, interesting places to eat and drink – from satay bars to vegetarian restaurants. The young, south London set head for Babushka, Bug Bar and Brixtonian Havana Club.
The Ritzy is a large independent cinema, showing a variety of movies, while the Brixton Art Gallery is one of several showcasing the work of up-and-coming artists.
A small museum, the Black Cultural Archives, provides information on African-Carribean people in London – watch out for the plaque in Dexter Square commemorating Bob Marley, who was a frequent visitor here.