The lowdown: Brixton
Five miles to the south of central London, Brixton has become one of the city's trendiest foodie destinations - with the only worry now the rapid pace of 'gentrification'.
Average house prices in Brixton
One-bedroom flat: £363,000
Two-bedroom flat: £485,000
Two-bedroom house: £833,000
Three-bedroom house: £855,000
Four-bedroom house: £988,000
Average rental prices in Brixton
One-bedroom flat: £1,414 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,733 a month
Two-bedroom house: £1,844 a month
Three-bedroom house: £2,409 a month
Four-bedroom house: £2,875 a month
Evelyn Grace Academy occupies the Zaha Hadid-designed building - which won the prestigious Stirling Prize. It is judged to be “good” by education-watchdog Oftsed. Brixton has many primary and comprehensive schools that are judged to be "outstanding", see our full article for the complete list. Image: Alamy
Brixton market stretches out along Electric Avenue where you will find everything from fruit and vegetables, to clothes and household items. There is a farmers’ market every Sunday in Brixton Station Road and a night-time street food market in Windrush Square during the first weekend of the month.
Brixton is at one end of the Victoria line, trains from Brixton to Victoria take nine minutes and Loughborough Junction is on the Wimbledon loop line. All stations are in Zone 2, an annual railcard to Zone 1 costs £1,284. Image: Alamy
Interesting independent shops, cafés and restaurants are tucked away in Brixton Village and Market Row. Franco Manca; Honest Burgers; and KaoSarn have gone on to open other branches. Other favourites are French & Grace, Federation Coffee, the Agile Rabbit, Mama Lan, Rosie’s and Salon at Cannon & Cannon.
Leisure and the arts
Brixton was once a major music centre with a number of large theatres, Brixton Academy remains. Plan B, the Prince of Wales, with its rooftop bars, Jamm, the Windmill and the Hootananny are smaller music venues. The Ritzy is the local cinema and the Brixton Recreation Centre in Brixton Station Road is the local council-owned swimming pool.
Brockwell Park, south of Brixton, offers a newly-built children’s playground. There is also the Brockwell Lido, one of London’s best-loved outdoor pools, and two cafés, one in the Lido and one in Brockwell Hall. Brixton hosts the annual Lambeth Country Show which is very popular, something the council found to its cost when it planned to cancel the event in 2012. Image: Alamy
£425,000: this one-bedroom home is located in a classic school conversion featuring exposed brick work, double volume height, wooden shutters and old school style radiators. Stockwell Underground Station is only a short walk away.
£550,000: this two-bedroom loft-style apartment is located on the edge of both Clapham High Street & Abbeville Village. The modern home offers an open plan reception room with double height ceilings, a fully-fitted kitchen and access onto a covered roof terrace.
£1,295,000: this four-bedroom home is spread over three floors, offering well-proportioned double bedrooms and a Jack and Jill style en suite with a freestanding bath.
£1,790,000: this three-bedroom terraced house covers 2239 sq ft, forming part of a converted Victorian school building. In the heart of Brixton, this loft house boasts high ceilings and exposed 'A' frame beams in two former classrooms which, if left as separate spaces, would make a creative live/work property.