Pop Brixton: Food, Art and Family Fun

Jun 29, 2015 by

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I write this post with some trepidation.  I love Brixton; the kids have enjoyed the markets, the fabric shops, the vibrancy, the happiness over the years.  I love how Brixton is a market for regular people, affordable food, clothing, housewares sold by regular entrepreneurs not corporate conglomerates who pass on the cost of their overhead and rent in their prices.  Brixton is very much under attack from gentrification, London is set to lose an amazing place to live, shop, visit and enjoy.  I am not entirely sure whether Pop Brixton serves the gentrification side or if it serves as a catalyst to getting more people to come and explore Brixton and fight to keep it.   I do hope for the later and that if you do come down to see Pop Brixton, be sure to let the kids bring some pocket money to buy arts and crafts supplies, toys, food and drink to take home.  It is such a magical place to explore.

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The kids and I were very intrigued by the empty shipping container village we saw being erected in Brixton; last Saturday we popped join for lunch and the kids had a wonderful time.

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The kids ran around and explored the temporary exhibit from the the London Festival of Architecture.  The children were charmed by this fabulous little dioramas showing different renderings of space and form. Its was wonderful.

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They had a good look around the complex, running up stairs, ramps, into the very clean toilets (with great hand washing facilities) and around the sitting areas beautifully decorated with plants and flowers.

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We stopped by Hook for an order of Cuban style hake with homemade chips – my son filled his tummy with his main food group.

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After we got some excellent quesadillas from the little taqueria.

The crowning moment, and you should head to Pop Brixton just for this, is Yumitub’s Thai ice cream.

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The ice cream is prepared right in front of you, on a metal plate cooled to -30 degrees!!

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The kids choose two toppings and they mash them in.

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They cool it, scrape it up into rolls, cover it with cream and sauce if you choose.

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My kids shared a small portion and were completely amazed.  This is the best £3.50 I will spend this summer.

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