Brixton is one of the most well-known areas of South London, just a short distance from the river. Brixton serviced apartments are popular for those who want quick access to central London, but would also like to enjoy a vibrant, diverse urban environment.
Brixton, a South London district based in the London Borough of Lambeth with a population of an estimated thirty thousand, really is one of the most interesting areas in the capital. Its past is a colourful one. It would be remiss not to admit that this area of South London has, at times, had a bad reputation. But the name ‘Brixton’ endures as something quintessentially… London. Not the London of Westminster or The City, but the vibrant, socially and ethnically mixed London that has always made the city a magnet for just about everybody.
Nowadays, visitors staying in our Brixton aparthotels will find a district that has been seriously on the up for a good five or six years. Many of the 80,000 local population will point to the resurgence of Brixton Market and the Granville Arcade (which in 2009 came close to being demolished but is now a Grade II listed building) for Brixton's upward trajectory. But others might point to a rather more drawn-out period of regeneration that has taken advantage of Brixton’s location within London.
Transport links to our Brixton serviced apartments are excellent too. For drivers, the A23 London-Brighton road runs right through the centre of the district, whilst Brixton’s underground station, on the Victoria Line, and the two overground railway stations enable railway travel across several London locations and beyond.
As mentioned before, Brixton has been in the process of recent economic regeneration. ‘Masterplans’ and Economic Action Plans have been at the heart of the area’s development, and the consequent results following the local council’s proactivity are promising.
The Brixton Economic Action Plan has identified areas in which the district can be improved for business and economic progression. It outlines the need for newly created space to accommodate growth, an enhancement of local environment and infrastructure, and general business support. Click here for more details on how the Lambeth Council plan to implement these changes in Brixton.
Currently, Brixton is baring the economic fruits of its thriving town centre. The centre is attracting more and more locals and tourists each year, enabling the area’s economic growth to be on par with locations across London. For instance, in recent years there have been thirty million Brixton tube station annual entries and exits. This figure is continuing to increase too. It is stats such as these which have enabled both job and business growth to increase in Brixton, adding to a mostly micro-business base and on-the-up high-value sectors (public, retail, food & beverage).
Ultimately, the diversity of the local economy and community makes Brixton an exclusive location compared to its London counterparts. This allows the local council to deliver inclusive growth, where every business, investor and resident is a valued contributor to the community. The recent introductions of the Brixton Pound and Pop Brixton are examples of this motion.
For whatever means you wish to visit for Brixton for business, we have a range of Brixton corporate accommodation to cater to any guest’s needs.
Previously known as ‘Brixistane’, Brixton has a relatively short history, dominated mostly by the idea that the London district was a community meeting point. With this seeming as the most significant purpose of Brixton, it makes sense that the most historically relevant attributes of the area are the two previously Roman roads, Clapham Road (A3) and Brixton Road (A23). As well as representing the earliest surviving traces of human activity in Brixton, these roads were also vital as links to the City of London and beyond.
The name ‘Brixistane’ (meaning ‘the stone of Brihtsige’), was finally shortened to Brixton by the time of the Industrial Revolution and the start of the first developments in a mostly agricultural, embryonic area. Historians mark the construction of the Vauxhall Bridge northwards of Brixton as the catalyst for development in the area. Acre Lane attracted attention from developers, railways and tram networks enabled Brixton connectivity and Electric Avenue become the first street in the area to be lit by electricity (1880). Brixton then had the largest and best shopping centre in south London by 1925 which attracted thousands to the district.
It would seem much of this development was undone, however, by the World Wars. Brixton was bombed considerably, leaving Brixton much weaker and embroiled in economic crisis. One positive to come out of this period though was the sense of community created. Between the 1940s and 50s, immigrants arrived in Brixton and helped the community to become as multi-cultural and diverse as ever. This is a positive trait that the district maintains today.
To be in touch with the local history and gain valuable insight into how much the area has developed recently, be sure to stay in Brixton extended stay apartments.
It is plain to see that Brixton now has a reputation as an exciting and trendy part of the capital. It has a large number of great pubs and restaurants, as well as incredible live music at the famous O2 Academy Brixton. The shopping experience goes without saying too… it’s Brixton! Both the Brixton Village Market and Pop Brixton are different from anything else in London. They showcase a combination of both the area's true roots and some of South London’s most exciting start-up businesses. Even guests in Brixton short term accommodation should make time to visit these iconic shopping destinations, which are ideally just a short walk from Brixton’s overground and underground stations.
Although Brixton has an urban feel, there are also a few options for those who sometimes need to surround themselves with a bit of green space. Within the boundaries of Brixton are Rush Common, Ruskin Park, Max Road Park and the award-winning Milkwood Community Park. Each of these spots offers a great place to relax and chill out, perhaps after a long day of work.
For a taste of Brixton culture, you could visit the Black Cultural Archives. The site was founded in 1981, with an aim to record and document African heritage, honouring the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. The exhibition, based just outside Windrush Square, is popular and goes down as one of the most significant attractions in Brixton. Similarly, iconic too and impossible to not mention is the amazing David Bowie memorial opposite Brixton train station. The singer-songwriter was born in Brixton and the beautifully artistic mural, painted in a wall of a Morley’s Department store, is a fan and local favourite.
For those looking to be within walking distance of all of the attractions mentioned, whilst living comfortably in the area, look no further than booking a stay in fully furnished Brixton furnished short lets.
All in all, Brixton is a destination which shares similarities with the rest of London but also boasts its own distinctive character. This is reflected through its economic progression, unique history and one-of-a-kind culture. All of this can be within touching distance for guests staying in Brixton serviced apartments.
As a South London district, Brixton profits from being based between some of the capital’s biggest international airports, such as London Heathrow (LHR) and London City (LCY) airports.
London City airport is around eleven miles away to the east of Brixton, whilst Heathrow is just under nineteen miles away to the east. Travel to-and-from these airports (or the London Heliport and Biggin Hill airport) is easily doable thanks to the underground and overground railway facilities in Brixton. Airport taxi transfers could also be arranged from both our Brixton short term accommodation and extended stay apartments.
Dubbed a commuter railway station, Brixton Railway station is a stop, predominantly for Southeastern trains, along the Chatham Main Line. London Victoria and Herne Hill are the preceding and following stations along this line.
Also within the borders of Brixton is Loughborough Junction station which belongs on the Thameslink railway line. Other stations just on the outskirts of Brixton include Clapham High Street, Denmark Hill and Herne Hill.
This is the only London Underground station in the district, and it sits on Brixton Road.
Brixton Underground station functions as the southern terminus of the Victoria line. The following stations along this line, heading north, are Stockwell and Pimlico station.
There are at least eighteen bus routes which run in-and-out of Brixton, which predominantly transport passengers predominantly from a bulk of stops along Brixton Road and nearby the district’s overground and underground station.
From Brixton, bus-goers can travel to the likes of Camberwell, Peckham, Dulwich, Crystal Palace, Bromley, Croydon, Tulse Hill, Croydon, Streatham, Clapham. Putney, Oxford Street, Lambeth and the City of London.