Photography visit of Brixton Market

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Photography visit of Brixton Market, in London a place for shopping and trying new things

Brixton has always been attractive for many reasons, the market, musical venues (Brixton Academy), its history, the blend of different cultures and the way it has changed. For me it is a place with a lot of interest but also somewhere I walk to every day after dropping my little boy off in the morning. I catch the tube in Brixton station and I have to say it is much better than the Northern Line, more space and more trains. 

A website with info and old photos from Brixton tells me more about the market, the lifeblood of Brixton. The main bit of the market is on Electric Avenue which was the first shopping street to be lit by electricity.
It used to be a high end shopping street for I would guess wealthy Edwardians and Victorians. It is quite different these days, being a fresh-produce market with music and clothes, displaying bright colours and a range of varied foods reflecting Brixton's multiethnic population. You can find fresh as well as dried fish (which I need to learn how to cook), thai pastes such as tom yum, jerk seasoning, jamaican patties, argentinian empanadas and all types of fruits and vegetables.  
Photographic visit of Brixton Market

Electric Avenue, Brixton Market, London

The main part of the market on Electric Avenue.

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Electric Avenue, Brixton Market, London

This is the same avenue c.1900, courtesy of urban75 (Lambeth archives).
Photographic visit of Brixton Market

Reliance Arcade, in Brixton Market, London

One of the alleyways on Reliance Arcade. You can buy freshly made popcorn at the top of the arcade, a temptation every time I walk past in the evening.

Photographic visit of Brixton Market

Fresh and nicely displayed fish.

Photographic visit of Brixton Market

Brixton Market, London

Yam, plantane bananas, squash and other vegetables.
Photographic visit of Brixton Market

Brixton Market, London

Another arcade on Market Row. Many new bars and restaurants open here as this is becoming a trendy place. At the end of the Arcade at Franco Manca pizzeria, you can eat delicious pizzas with a very fine crust.

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Brixton Market, London 1960

The same arcade in the 1960s - love the pram and tricycles.

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I have recently been on another photography visit of Brixton, to catch-up with a Brixton fashion lover and designer, Brixton Style Hunter. My interview with her is here, enjoy.

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Fantastic photography, I can almost smell the market. Great idea to contrast with the past, very creative. Thanks Laura, I've enjoyed reading and learnt something about London I didn't know, Electric Avenue. Tracy

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  2. Laura Shimili

    Thanks Tracy, Brixton is such a melting pot of cultures and history that is fascinating. Pleased I shared some of my fascination and the facts with you. All the best. Laura

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