Brixton Village in the Media

Lots of people have been getting excited about what’s happening at Brixton Village. Have a look at what they’re saying:

Time Out London: “Brixton Village is sprouting. The once derelict and dodgy end of Brixton is wriggling out of its caterpillar state… and the effect is extraordinary. Shop for antique French clothes at Leftovers, catch the craziest looking cupcakes in front of Sweet Tooth or sit and do some colouring in Okido. Fantastic breads, chutneys and Carribean delicacies abound as well as live performances, music and workshops.”

Treehugger: “It’s a very special atmosphere, wandering amidst the lanes of the market which are bursting with energy, atmosphere and a true sense of community.”

Catch a Vibe: “There is so much to experience in the Brixton Village. From African print clothes to specialist flower designers, quirky second hand shops and pop-​up art galleries, it boasts a fascinating meld of art and commerce.”

BBC1’s Inside Out: “The key to this project’s success is that all the shops here are bespoke to the local community.”

The Times: “A stone’s throw from the Tube station, behind the main drag of JD Sports and Marks & Spencer, 20 empty shops in a run-​down arcade have been filled with community-​driven businesses, design collectives and workshops… it’s the largest example yet of a growing nationwide trend.”

TomEatsJenCooks: “I read about [the project] with trepidation. What relevance or benefit do pop up stalls with cupcakes and crochet have to Brixton or its residents? Then I went down there and got it a bit more. It is good, it is wholesome, it is relevant. Each stall was not taking anything away from the area but was attempting to fill what really was a bunch of slack space (not push out existing occupiers).”

The Sunday Times: “Fancy a free play? And a free cup of tea? You don’t get an offer like that every day, particularly not in the scruffy south London market where Corinne Furness and her theatre company, Write by Numbers, have quite literally set up shop. Those who allow her offer to distract them from shopping for pound-​a-​bowl bananas or cheap cuts of meat will find themselves sitting in a store left closed by the recession, watching a pair of short plays — different every day — based loosely on the works of Ovid while enjoying a cuppa from a chipped mug.”