Pop Brixton

Since opening in May 2015 Pop Brixton has fast become a thriving destination for new business, affordable workspaces, innovation and community schemes and food and drink and retail outlets. Lambeth Council, working with the Brixton Market Traders’ Federation, wanted to create a place that employed local people whilst adding to buzz around Brixton.

What’s happening at Pop

With Brixton already established as a go to place in London, Pop Brixton is set to build on this success and create a new destination in the heart of Brixton. There is plenty to choose from, including the renowned Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen taking up her first permanent residency offering authentic Ghanaian dishes, through to Miss P’s BBQ bringing their juicy beef ribs and Baba G’s serving up an Indian and British food fusion. As well as the mouth-watering food and drink vendors, Pop Brixton boasts a diverse selection of independent retail outlets. From vintage clothing sellers Make Do & Mend through to Japanese tea house, Kyocha, Pop provides a unique shopping hub full of hidden gems. Office and workspace is home to local businesses with the Impact Hub Brixton providing affordable co-working space for start-ups, allowing enterprise and innovation to flourish. All ten affordable units are now full and you can read about each of the 13 tenants here .

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Pop Brixton is a place that has came to life through the talents of many local people. Tenants have committed an community giveback scheme, which will involve skill sharing with other tenants and the local community, including through a purpose built training space. The scheme will be run by Brixton Pound and Pop together and you can read more about the scheme here.
Other initiatives include Pop Farm – a garden and greenhouse area planted by the local community – through to local artist exhibitions, workshops and an event space, Pop Box, with local and community rates. The 200 capacity venue runs and hosts a wide range of events, gigs, screenings and local events curated by local people. To book the space click Pop Brixton .

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How did we get here? 

In April 2014 architect Carl Turner partnered with landscape architects & urban designers, The Edible Bus Stop (EBS) and together they won a council run competition to develop the site. The structure of the original team has now changed and as a result the EBS has withdrawn from the project.

Going forward the scheme, formally known as Grow:Brixton, will be called POP Brixton – you can read the full statement in our 4 December blog post here.

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POP Brixton, which will make its home on Pope’s Road until at least October 2017,  includes workshops and retail units at affordable prices. Shipping containers will be used to create the units for rent and there will be a covered space for community events such as cinema, theatre and music. It will also focus on training local people and creating jobs.

A temporary car park for public use, as well as additional market trader spaces.

The project was granted planning permission in September 2014 and you can read the Design and Access Statement from the planning application.

Construction work started in December 2014 on the meanwhile site at Pope’s Rd with Pop Brixton opening on May 29th.

The full FAQs are available to read.

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Brixton Conversations film screening

2015-11-07 2pm (screening at 3pm for approx 20 mins) to 5pm
The Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG
What does heritage mean, what is home & what creates our connection to Brixton? Anchor & Magnet asked 10 brixtonites to take part in a one to one chat with a fellow local they'd never met on film.... More »

Somerleyton Road exhibition

2015-10-13 5.30pm to 8pm
The Black Cultural Archives Heritage Centre
After many years working with local people on an ambitious new development incl more than 300 new homes and a theatre, we've now submitted a planning application. Come and see the plans and model.... More »

Somerleyton Road exhibition

2015-10-14 12 noon to 2pm
The Black Cultural Archives Heritage Centre
After many years working with local people on an ambitious new development incl more than 300 new homes and a theatre, we've now submitted a planning application. Come and see the plans and model.... More »

Somerleyton Road exhibition

2015-10-17 12 noon to 3pm
The Black Cultural Archives Heritage Centre
After many years working with local people on an ambitious new development incl more than 300 new homes and a theatre, we've now submitted a planning application. Come and see the plans and model.... More »