Trendy, urban, diverse
Over the last few years Brixton has exploded as the music, fashion and alternative culture capital of the city. Famous for its diverse food and clothing market where you can enjoy the best of the community’s Caribbean, Asian, African and West Indian cultural heritage still for a reasonable price. The recent influx of hipsters, artists and musicians has reshaped Brixton’s nightlife abuzz with indie, house, Latin and Jazz clubs.
Live music venues reign in the hometown of David Bowie. Brixton maintains an urban and gritty feel while being home to some of the most highly reputed contemporary art exhibits, fashionable clothing boutiques and beloved street art. Brixton is also host to a plethora of cosy independent coffee shops, offering some of the best espresso in the city. Here you can enjoy dancing all night at one of Brixton’s notorious “private parties” held in the community’s old industrial warehouses.
Here is a suggested itinerary to allow you to experience as much of the area in a few hours. After booking we can adapt the tour to suit your interests and preferences.
Breakfast at a small but hugely popular café
Think fresh, free-range, tapas-style Middle Eastern food with a special focus on breakfast! Their food is fantastic as everything is prepared with the utmost care and attention. The sourdough bread is a particular favourite, being baked fresh and warm alongside your mezze platters to share. They also claim to have the Rolls Royce of coffee machines so your coffee is subtle, balanced and strong! In addition to a really stellar breakfast they also have a wide-range of lunch and dinner favourites and of course an extensive drinks and cocktail menu. This is an ostensibly popular Brixton restaurant that is affordable, delicious and always packed out as a testament to the high-quality of the food.
Join a local for a tour of the market
The bustling and meandering market is the spirit of Brixton. The market consists of several diverse areas and features dozens of unique restaurants with fabulous gastronomy, a myriad of cafes, bars and more, most of which offer late night dancing and DJ sets in their downstairs, open-brick-faced rooms. Wandering the market is a must for any adventure to Brixton, whether you are a foodie who wants to sample the best of the wide-ranging international cuisines available or you are looking for rare pieces of jewelry, state-of-the-art designs or unique materials.
Enjoy the backstreets of Brixton, with Banksy art and boutiques.
Brixton is a vibrant and surprising community that always seems to have something new hidden along a narrow alley or down a cobbled residential street, where street art pops with colour and political messages. There are endless examples of independent boutiques, vegan bakeries, box park gardens, and other special features that are best discovered on foot. With your local you can witness the best of what’s bold about Brixton.
Coffee at a little café run by a celebrity chef
This is a small and comfortably cosy café run by one of London’s up and coming celebrity chefs. The cakes and bakes are exquisite and served on 1950s porcelain dishware. The ornaments, tables, teacups and selection of pastries all hark back to London’s original and classic tearooms. The staff are helpful and friendly and sometimes even willing to share some of their recipe secrets. It is the perfect neighbourhood café with moist cakes, great tea and coffee and hearty specials filled with warmth that are also perfectly spiced.
About this tour
Get the most out of your time in the urbanites Brixton. The best of Brixton lies hidden in a tangle of industrial streets. Luckily, your Local Host has done the digging for you. Brunch inside Victorian-era covered markets or explore the sprawling market to hunt for buried treasure or explore the designer boutiques. Then embrace Brixton’s electric nightlife, with some of the most stylish, and of-the-moment Jazz, house and indie clubs. Check-in at one of the famed warehouse parties or take in the city views from a rooftop bar or underground speakeasy. Experience Brixton like a Local Guide.
- £120 per tour
- Max 6 people per tour
- 4 hours with one of our Local Hosts who is very familiar with the area
- Additional time with our Local Host if you have added any extra time
- Planning of a personalised itinerary
- Food & drinks
- Any transport other than walking (although this can be organised at additional cost)
- Tickets to venues if you have selected any (can be organised if required)
Who are the Local Hosts
Our Local Hosts love showing visitors the best of the city and not as their main job. We have a handpicked community of Local Hosts that are all vetted and insured, all of whom are London residents that know their city intimately and want to share it with others, so for you it would be almost like meeting a friend that lives in the city who is going to show you around.
We have selected Local Hosts that know Brixton well and who will be able to make your visit exceptionally better than if you went on your own.
Meet our Local Hosts that love & know Brixton
I am a History student at Goldsmiths college and, having lived in London my whole life, I want people to fall in love with the city just as much as I have!Languages
Museum, Concerts, Historical, TalksLocations
Central, Brixton, Greenwich, Hampstead
I am an Architecture BA (Hons) graduate. Going to the gym, exercising and staying fit is one of my favourite hobbies; I enjoy working out similar to body building and trying to stay healthy. I also enjoy Mixed Martial Arts. Art is also a big interest of mine and in my spare time I produce my own to try and keep my artistic skills sharp.Languages
I am a recent anthropology graduate with a keen interest in exploring and documenting the exciting areas and events of London, be it art exhibitions, documentary festivals, gigs, film festivals and so on. During my degree I focused mostly on social anthropology, particularly indigenous cosmologies and philosophies, cross-cultural variations in art and communication and the anthropology of ethnicity and nationalism, topics which I have also always enjoyed researching in my free time. However, my areas of activity have also included event organisation and workshop facilitation.Languages
Art, Culture, Child friendlyLocations
Central, South Bank
I am a West London based Musician and Stage Manager, who enjoys all the cultural and artistic events London has to offer.Languages
Art, Food, Music, DrinkingLocations
Central, Barbican, Belgravia and Knightsbridge, Brick Lane, Camden, Chelsea, Chiswick, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Earl's Court, Fitzrovia, Fulham, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Highbury, Highgate, Hoxton and De Beauvoir, Islington, Kensington, Little Venice, Marylebone, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Pimlico, Putney, Richmond, Shepherd's Bush, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, South Kensington, St John's Wood and Primrose Hill, Victoria, West Kensington
My name is Holly and I'm a 24 year-old actress and musician. Music and theatre are my two main passions and my work takes me to the best dive bars, pub theatres, hidden gems of converted spaces, famous buildings and arenas all over the city. If you want to explore the trendiest neighbourhoods in London and discover the music and artistic scene of the city, from jazz, to rock and opera, I would love to show you around. I know Shoreditch and East London very well and I would be great company on an unscripted walk-around the area.Languages
Food, Culture, Music, Nightlife, Theatre, Gigs, Concerts, Music, Zoo, Festivals, Spirits & Wine, Musicals, Opera, Drinking, Pubs, Jazz, Rock, Football (Soccer), CaribbeanLocations
Central, Barbican, Brick Lane, Camden, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Farringdon, Finsbury Park and Manor House, Greenwich, Hackney, Haggerston, Hampstead, Highbury, Holloway, Islington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kilburn, King's Cross, London Bridge, Marylebone, Olympic Park, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, Spitalfields, Stoke Newington, Stratford, West End, West Kensington, Westminster
I consider myself to be a true lover of London. After finishing my degree in History, I moved to the City as I could no longer live in Babylon or Rome.Let me show you the best side of London!Languages
Art, Food, Culture, Shopping, Music, Outside Spaces, NightlifeLocations
Central, East, Borough, Dalston, Farringdon, Hackney, Haggerston, Shoreditch, South Bank
Hi! I am Esra, a passionate outgoing 22 year old from Amsterdam, and I experience London in a different way every time I step out the door. I am passionate about the urban culture of the city, the streets, shops, restaurants and art.Languages
English, Dutch, TurkishPassions
Art, Food, Culture, Shopping, Music, Nightlife, DrinkingLocations
I am currently a university student in London who is balancing studies with London life. I love to explore and enjoy everything this city has to offer but still have much more to discover! I am a friendly and social person and enjoy spending my time with friends.Languages
Food, Culture, Live EventsLocations
Central, North, West
I am an experienced tour guide, artist and designer, with a passion for London. I was born and brought up here in London, which is the most vibrant mix of old and new. It has three thousand years of history, yet is always re-inventing itself. So it remains the most contemporary and cosmopolitan in the world, brim full of art, design, architecture, theatre and music. My interests are mostly based around, and my background is largely in; the Arts. Particularly fine art, pop art, graphic art, street art and architecture. I have a university BA Hons degree in Art and Visual Communication and I am also a designer and artist. There are many human stories to tell, behind London, behind it's history and behind it's art.Languages
Central, City of London, Covent Garden, Richmond, Soho, South Bank, West End, Westminster
I moved to London because of London's non-stop and vibrant music scene, and I love it here. I currently work at the Natural History Museum and I am a lover of history and culture. I also love trying out new places to eat and I know some great street food spots.Languages
English, Spanish, ItalianPassions
Art, Food, Culture, Shopping, Music, Wellness & Beauty, Outside Spaces, Nightlife, Sports, Restaurants, Independent Galleries, Cinema, Live Events, Museum, Gigs, Concerts, Historical, Canals, Rivers, Lakes, Talks, Clothing, Books/Stationery, Pop-up, Performances, Contemporary, Gym, Music, Markets, Food, Wellness Classes, Fitness, Beauty, Musicals, Sports, Street Tours, Drinking, Cafes, Bars, Pubs, Electronic, House, Blues, Rock, Folk, Techno, Reggae, Pop, Hip hop, Soul , Major Galleries / Museums, Walking ExplorationsLocations
Central, North, West, Brick Lane, Brixton, Camden, Canary Wharf, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Greenwich, Highgate, Holborn, Holloway, Kensington, King's Cross, London Bridge, Notting Hill, Olympic Park, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, Spitalfields, St John's Wood and Primrose Hill, Victoria, West End, Westminster, Whitechapel
I'm a writer and former journalist who has lived in London for more than 30 years. I love meeting new people and showing them the most fun and exciting places that this city has to offer.Languages
Art, Food, Culture, NightlifeLocations
South West, Borough, South Bank, Westminster
I am a recent graduate from the University of Kent, having specialised in Law and English Literature. My interests include travelling (I travelled across eastern Europe), golf, history and Game of Thrones. Having lived in London my whole life, I have a thorough knowledge of the city!Languages
English, Hindi, PunjabiPassions
Art, Food, Culture, Nightlife, Live EventsLocations
Borough, Greenwich, London Bridge, Shoreditch
Hi, I'm Lila. I am bubbly, kind and very outgoing. I like a good time out and I love making people laugh. I love to write, listen to music and travelling hence why I love to show people around. I speak Portuguese, English and Spanish fluently and am currently working on my french.Languages
English, Spanish, PortuguesePassions
Art, Food, Culture, Shopping, Wellness & Beauty, Nightlife, Child friendly, DrinkingLocations
Central, Shoreditch, South Kensington
My name is Luca and I am a 38 years old rock & metal musician. I was born in Bergamo, Italy, and have lived and worked in Cairo, Serbia, Australia, Brazil, Spain and now England. I am a big personality with lots of stories and I love to talk to everyone. I live & play gigs in Camden so I know the area really well. I also know other areas of the city that are great for urban and music scenes.Languages
English, Spanish, PortuguesePassions
Food, Culture, Shopping, Music, Nightlife, SportsLocations
Central, Camden, Hampstead, Holborn, Kentish Town, Soho
The best way to see BrixtonBy Amelie R on 22 Feb 2016
We never would have ventured into Brixton had we not been encouraged to join a Local Host and explore an area of London that was not in our to-do list, but I'm glad we did because that really was the most memorable part of our trip. My friends and I loved Brixton Village and I can't wait to come back and trying out some of the other food places.
I love BrixtonBy Kim Y. on 01 Feb 2016
Brixton is a really cool place in London and I think it will change and become more touristy so I am glad we saw it before. It was so nice to meet Ruxandra who was so friendly and fun and told us about the area and showed us some spots we couldn't found in the guidebook.
Really good ideaBy Federic P on 25 Jan 2016
We decided to go to Brixton but weren't so sure where to go so this is a very good idea because we could find easily all the things to do and then Richard, our local, gave us some tips on the bars that were better than the ones we went in central London full of tourists.
Best tour everBy Marion L. on 03 Jan 2016
I hate tours so I was not so keen to book this but actually it was really good because it was just me and my friends most of the time and we got to pick the things we wanted to do and we met George who was super friendly and told us about the area and some of the best shops. And we were so surprised to learn that Brixton is such a historical and important place in London.
Don't miss BrixtonBy Stephanie W. on 27 Dec 2015
This is our third trip to London so we wanted to visit some “off the beaten track” places. We researched things to do in the area and we came across this “untour” which sounded great because we didn't want a tour with other people. The area has so much character and there is so much to do so it was really good to meet our guide who knew the places that we would like. I definitely will go back to Brixton in my next visit.
Brixton Rocks!By Anna K. on 20 Dec 2015
My friends and I are big Bowie fans so we wanted to go visit his neighbourhood but we didn't expect it to be soooo cool! It really helped to meet George who helped us decide where to eat and helped us book tickets for The Charlatans at Brixton Academy. We had the best day!