It’s Saturday (yes, yes, don’t be surprised – I didn’t have the opportunity to post yesterday, so have to pretend that today is yesterday 😀 ), which means there is a themed market at Brixton Market today. It’s been a while since I last visited a street market, so it’s about time I did it again. I arrive at the Brixton tube station, and luckily it is one of the few stations that has step-free access, which is extremely convenient for me on my crutches.
Brixton market is known as Europe’s largest Caribbean market, and there are also a lot of stalls selling African-related stuff. I have to admit, looking at these clothes I am struggling to tell whether these are Caribbean or African.
This is Lambeth Town Hall, which, as far as I know, is closed for refurbishment until 2017, but fortunately the refurbishment doesn’t include the exterior of the building – so here it is for all of us to enjoy.
Another interesting building in the area is the Ritzy Cinema, which has existed for more than hundred years.
But enough of those interesting buildings, it’s time to explore the market! So I head onto Electric Avenue.
First of all I see food, lots of food, which is being sold in lots of shops and outside stalls.
Most of the food stalls seem to be Caribbean or African themed, but, as you can see, there is also a Chinese supermarket. I wonder whether this fish is imported from China.
Looking at this stall, I once again struggle to say if it is African or Caribbean. I see a lot of yam and plantains, but they seem to be staples in both regions. And that green fruit on the first plan (or vegetable???), I can’t even recognise.
These chickens look very different from your usual supermarket broilers. I know, it’s weird and unnatural, but I usually prefer the latter!
As I walk onward, food stalls change into stalls selling shoes and household goods.
That’s just a random residential street in Brixton – I think, it should be Pope’s Road.
This is Pop Brixton, a space for startups and small businesses from Brixton and Lambeth, which includes restaurants, retailers and artists. Interestingly, only yesterday an article came out, mentioning that Pop Brixton has made a very significant operating loss during the few months that it has existed for.
It’s impressive to see how much the venue owners care about their plants!
I now turn onto a narrow lane along the railways and walk towards Brixton Road. The stalls here sell a range of products, from food to clothes and jewellery.
It may sound funny, but I find this bookshop’s name sign so touching!
That’s a really multipurpose stall: shoes, bags, a guitar and a great deal of other items.
A shop selling really dodgy clothes, claimed to be in “French” and “Italian” styles is such a common sight for me, however, I could hardly imagine seeing one in London out of all places.
It’s always interesting to observe people who are eating and drinking, so whenever I pass by a restaurant, café or bar with outdoors seating, I can never resist taking a picture.
Japanese street food is a completely unfamiliar concept to me. There isn’t much variety displayed here, so I have to say, it remains largely unfamiliar.
That’s an interesting sign, and apparently BOURGUEST is supposed to mean B Our Guest. It sounds very promising and intriguing, however, it’s not very clear, who exactly is welcoming you so warmly.
I am now back at the Brixton station, and there is some sort of solidarity event going on. I didn’t come closer to see more details, but there was someone handing out some leaflets, a song about Che Guevara playing from speakers.