19 May Brixton Village and Market Row
Originally known as the Granville Arcade, Brixton Village and Market Row are Grade II Listed glass arcades built in the 1920’s and 1930’s situated in the heart of Brixton, South London.
Saved from developers in 2010, when the local community came together to campaign for listed status, these important historical markets have been operated by Groupe Geraud UK since 2011.
Hosting an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and cafes, the markets operate seven days a week, with openings extended into the evenings to accommodate the growing demand for the exceptional food offers, described by Jay Rayner in The Guardian as “the most exciting, radical venture on the British restaurant scene right now”.
Built in 1928 the market is on Atlantic Road, linking Coldharbour Lane and Electric Lane, with three entrances into the market with has a shaped footprint. Containing around 50 shops selling everything from vintage clothing to dried fish and vegetables many of the structures retain original facades and the light filled space makes shopping a joy, even on a cloudy day.
Opened in 1937, the market can be found on Coldharbour Lane, linking Atlantic Road and Popes Road. Similar to Market Row, the narrow streets contained within are known as the ‘Avenues’ with long First and Second Avenues, interspersed by Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth.
As well as the amazing array of shops, far more exciting than anything you would find in the West End, Brixton Village is where you will find the restaurants and cafes and for more of an idea of what dining here will entail you can do no better than the previously mentioned Guardian Review, though since then a plethora of excellent new restaurants have opened up such as Bukowski’s Grill and Chicken Liquor.
At a recent visit I stopped to talk to some locals who said that they went there to eat most weekends…..and what they loved the most was being able to graze amongst the restaurants, stopping for their favourite starters in one, before moving on to another for their main course. There is so much choice at Brixton Village, you could well find enough courses for a feast but owing to the areas increasing popularity, you may have to queue in between.
Operators Groupe Geraud UK are the main sponsors of Love Your Local Market and currently run over 200 Speciality Market event days each year, working alongside over 30 Local Authorities including Glasgow City Council, Aberdeen City Council, Liverpool City Council, London Borough of Ealing and Cheltenham Borough Council.
For more information about them visit: www.geraud.co.uk