I know, Brixton, it does conjure up some grizzly images in the surroundings stakes. I was a seer, and a believer until I moved here and saw it’s slightly softer, more diverse side.
Brixton Village is the covered market towards the back of the Underground station. It mainly contains meat, fish and vegetable vendors with the odd homeware shop. Towards the back of the market is an area of growth and variety, with new smaller shops popping up thanks to the Space Makers Agency’s new retailers initiative – promoting growth and creativity in a usually un-used area.
Our favourites were Circus, a delectable second hand interiors shop, and Leftovers a very specialist ladies vintage clothing and accessories store. Although both stores were small in square feet, they were both beautifully laid out, with Circus having their display units made from extra thick cardboard.
Circus is the go to shop for presents for a vintage fan, with their fabulously sourced array of crockery raising the interest of even the hardened modernist. Circus’s owners Binki Taylor and Tabitha Kat see Circus as a labour of love, enjoying the fine art of treasure hunting, and interacting with their customers.
Leftovers is a dreamy little store, set up by a delectable stylist called Margo (whose adorably sweet parents has stepped in for the day) with an exquisite selection of vintage frocks, shockingly including fairly priced garments that were pre-1950’s, and very fairly priced. My favourite was a 1940’s lace drop-waist number, with glorious large covered buttons.
Definitely worth the trip down south, if only for the fantastic array of veggies and classical music blaring out of the tube station!