Brixton is defined by its creative nature and it’s this sense of vibrancy that’s at the core of POP Brixton – a space to enjoy street food from local traders, pick up a few vintage wares and partake in plenty of drinking all set within the units of shipping containers creatively adapted to suit their own particular purpose.
Launched last week I had the fortune of attending the press evening last Thursday, finding it an inspiring indication of how hungry we are for city spaces to offer more than mainstream mini supermarkets, glossed up estate agents and the bright lights of some relatively beige high street chains.
Some careful curation has clearly taken place to ensure the offering is unique in its appeal, whilst there’s also been some criticism over how the market-rate rents for this incubation project directed towards local entrepreneurs has left many fledgling businesses out in the cold. What was meant to be a community growing space under the directorship of The Edible Bus Stop, with ideas including urban gardening projects producing homegrown ingredients to be cooked up by guest chefs, all centred upon community training and job creation schemes has sadly lost out to a more commercial offering.
Some careful curation has clearly taken place to ensure the offering is unique in its appeal
What has been planted on this ‘meanwhile’ space opposite Brixton Station Road is a food’booze’n’groove fusion akin to the Street Feast circus of Dalston and Lewisham. With plenty to choose from, including the renowned Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen offering authentic Ghanaian dishes, the highly praised Kricket, Miss P’s BBQ and their juicy beef ribs as well as a Japanese Tea house and vintage clothes seller Make Do & Mend, it’s impossible to sample all the offerings in one sitting.
Fortunately, despite its namesake, POP is open 7 days a week until October 2017 so there’s plenty of time to work your way through the 20 strong food and drink vendors from now until its redevelopment by Lambeth Council as part of the Brixton Central Masterplan.
Thursday’s highlight was a sit down spicy feast at Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen; a first for me, but thanks to the proximity of this residency, it won’t be the last…
And when you do end up dropping in to POP, be sure to save some space for a bite out of Brixton Village as well!
More info on the project here