LOCAL BUSINESSES SHINE AT POP BRIXTON
WORDS BY RASHI WADHERA
There exists a shipping container village in London, and it warrants a visit. 1425sqm of public space in the heart of Brixton, which so far hadn’t seen much constructive usage, is now home to Pop Brixton. Shipping containers double as food stalls, restaurants, bars, local independent retailers, pop-up spaces, an art gallery, a massive event space, a balcony, a greenhouse for community farming projects and a community training hub.
It started as a community initiative attempting to showcase the most exciting independent business from Brixton and Lambeth. Not only do they provide much needed space for local businesses, but they also work with their members to help make positive changes in the community. They provide free space for community events, regularly hold open workshops for kids and adults, and dedicate time to charitable projects. And hey, if you can have some sweet food, take in an amateur beat boxing contest while tasting a local brew in a shipping container, all the while supporting the initiative, it seems like a win-win.
Pop Brixton now boasts 53 independent businesses including restaurants, retailers, street food traders, designers, digital start-ups, a community barbershop, a youth radio stations, and an array of social enterprises. They’re here to support the little guys with the big ideas; I’m here to show solidarity. Excuse me while I help myself to some traditional Ghanaian food and a cold brew while I extend support. You’ll see me here again.
Pop Brixton has a constantly updated calendar of events you can find on its website.
Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ. Phone: 020 3879 8410