Real estate entrepreneur and L’Occitane PR guru Olivia Kaufmann caught the travel bug aged 18 on her gap year in New Zealand.  When she’s not surfing in Kerala or road tripping around Europe, here is how Livvy hangs at home in London’s trendy Brixton.

Brixton means vibrancy.  People who have lived here their whole lives, new residents wanting an up-and-coming neighborhood, visitors looking for an indie vibe – we love that Brixton is bustling.

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Brixton has a burgeoning food scene © Olivia Kaufmann
  • Eat:  Brixton Village has such a great history.  The original arcade buildings were going to be demolished, but the local community campaigned to keep them.  Independent restaurants and cafés moved in – and this amazing food destination was born.  The Village has grown to include Market Row and there’s over 80 vendors now.  Some of them give you blankets so that you can snuggle up on the outdoor seating in winter.  It’s a bit annoying to have to pay to go to the loo but it’s only 20p and it’s clean!  I love The Joint for delicious pulled pork and burgers.  More commercial places are popping up there, which is a bit sad, but convenient to have on your doorstep.
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    Pop Brixton © Olivia Kaufmann

    Pop Brixton is another brilliant place to eat.  Especially if you can be spontaneous – there are no reservations.  Old shipping containers have been converted to house unique vendors.  Any cuisine you can possibly imagine, they have it.  Kricket is probably the most popular place there – it has Indian tapas.

  • Caffeinate: Federation Coffee is 100% the place, it’s in Brixton Village.  Kaboola just opened up on Ferndale Road – it does lovely coffees and has lots of fresh food on offer deli-style.
  • Cocktail:  The great thing about Brixton is that it’s still quite cheap.  Seven on Market Row has huge mojitos for £5.  At the back, there’s a secret staircase to more room to enjoy your drinks.  384 has amazing cocktails and is very New York.  The Shrub & Shutter has a good vibe, a really interesting crowd.

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    Seven on Market Row © Olivia Kaufmann
  • Culture Up:  Brixton has diverse music everywhere.  Even walking to the Tube you get to hear musicians playing the steel pan drums.  Brixton Academy is such an institution – touring bands don’t miss it.  The Ritzy Cinema is a fantastic 1911 space – you can go out on the balcony of the bar and look out over Brixton.  The Ritzy shows indie films as well as mainstream movies, and on weeknights, up and coming bands play live music.  For something different, Brockwell Park has walled gardens and you can learn about the plants and produce growing there.

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    Brockwell Park offers something a bit different © Olivia Kaufmann
  • Work Out:  Brockwell Lido is such an experience whether you like swimming or not.  It is open all year around – even when it’s bloody cold in the winter, people are there in wetsuits.  The Lido Cafe right next to it is a really fun place to eat delicious British classics.

    Brockwell Park also has tennis courts and a bowling lawn.  Fierce Grace on Coldharbour Lane has great hot yoga.

  • Shop:  I love Herne Hill Market on Sundays.  The farmers’ market portion has lovely fresh produce. You can also find beautiful one-off pieces whether its clothing, jewelry or something for the home you are bound to get something special here.  Morleys is Brixton’s homegrown department store and a solid place for staples.