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Be good AND do good? Welcome to Pop Brixton

By Sarah Krause

Venturing into the realm of the edgy unknown can seem a touch intimidating. But it’s worth it.

Tucked in a corner of South London’s Brixton, sit a number of shipping containers housing a pop-up haven for budding creatives. An inspired environment for local entrepreneurs to showcase their chops, Pop Brixton offers an innovative and supportive space for start-ups to set up shop. The magnetism of the space, other than its undeniable instragrammable aesthetic, is the sense of a tailored experience. Nothing here resembles the high-street giants. Instead, the creative bubble bursts with an abundance of restaurants, bars and independent retailers, all crowned by a balcony terrace lit by multicoloured lanterns.

Image courtesy of: Pop Brixton. 

Everything about this place looks and feels organic. The makeshift vibe lends a relaxed but artistic ambiance, keeping the décor simple with recycled wooden furniture and strings of fairy lights. Pop Farm is one of the most endearing features of the complex. A comment on the fact that many Londoners don’t have easy access to green space, Pop Farm has transformed a derelict corner of London into a place where flowers, herbs and veg are home-grown. Humour is not lost amidst the altruism, however. You’ll find that the produce is accompanied by witty signs demanding that you do not kill the plants “with your big butts”.

Image courtesy of: Pop Brixton. 

Pop Brixton is a for-profit social venture, and its community work is commendable. 100% of the businesses it houses are independent, and 70% of those are directly from Brixton & Lambeth (the county). From the live music and entertainment to the social enterprises and the food, it’s hard to find something not to love about Pop.

It’s the attention to detail at Pop Brixton that has passersby won over, and the same holds true for all the pop-ups in the makeshift establishment. Each stall provides a unique experience, and you are guaranteed to find something that satisfies your particular mood or craving.

Image courtesy of: Made of Dough. 

Not to be missed: Made of Dough. Fiendishly melty toppings and silken dough are crowned in Made of Dough’s  unique execution. The ingredients are lovingly selected, from their 30-month aged Parmesan to their Mount Vesuvius grown tomatoes. Despite the tiny kiosk, the team manages to work a wood fired oven, which produces a perfectly chewy, lightly crisp consistency. Other recommended vendors: Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen & Duck Duck Goose. However, take a look on their website as the food vendors and retailers often change. Pop along to experience something genuinely different in London and rest assured that your urge to splurge is helping local businesses thrive!

Open 9am-11pm. No reservations. Details of upcoming events on the website.

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