Brixton Windmill is a great photo opportunity and is regularly open to the public for visits. At one time there were many windmills on the hilltops to the south of London but nowadays there is only one left.
Brixton Windmill was built in 1816. By the early 1860's the streets of Brixton had reached the top of Brixton Hill and stopped the wind turning the sails. The sails were removed and the mill continued to be run by other means until 1934. After it closed, the building gradually decayed. By the early 2000's it was damaged and vandalised. However, thanks to money from the Heritage Lottery Fund the windmill has now been beautifully restored and also has some brand new sails! It reopened on 2 May 2011.
Check the webpage for a list of days the windmill is open to the public. It is in a small public park, so even when you can't get inside the windmill, you can freely wander around the outside.
I don't quite know whether Ritzy Cinema is a 'Thing to do', 'Nightlife' or 'Restaurant' tip! It could easily be all three!
Ritzy's boast they are now the largest independent specialist cinema in the UK. The cinema opened in about 1910 and Screen 1 retains much of its Edwardian splendour with a vast vaulted roof and cherubs on the walls. Most enjoyable is the fact you can buy drinks at the bar and take them, in to the cinema with you! There are now five screens in total, but Screen 1 is by far the largest.
Ritzy's also has two bars and serves very decent food too. The vegetarian all-day breakfast is one of the best I've eaten, especially with the herby scrambled egg! You can eat under cover or spill out onto the pavement and watch the world go by.
The streets of Brixton are filled with colourful fruit, veg, meat and fish shops - so many I don't know how they all manage to survive! Best of all, in my view, is the covered Indoor Market, which dates from the 1920's. It has recently (2010) been given Grade II listing, which at least will protect its character and stop unscrupulous development (or demolition).
Brixton Indoor Market comprises three arcades. The main arcade is filled with fruit, fish, clothes and household goods stalls. It is very much a working market, the most popular stalls have queues of people buying exotic vegetables and Caribbean specialities.
The market has a split personality. The other main arcades are filling with trendy food cafe's and seem to attract the white middle class visitors in particular. Admittedly there are some great little cafe's, of many nationalities and often very good value!
Altogether an interesting location to explore!!
The last time I went here was to buy a swimming hat, so from that I must assume they have a gym, although I have never used it. I have taken keep fit classes there though... for the grand total of...
It wasn't the leisure centre's fault. It was my own. I have no stamina whatsover.
The facilities include:
Fitness Suite (Harpers and Heavy Harpers)
Aerobics and Dance Studio
6 Rink Indoor Bowls Hall
Indoor Cricket Nets
Meeting and Social Rooms
This flagship cinema in the heart of vibrant Brixton is London?s busiest and biggest independent cinema with five screens.
Screenings of the best of world cinema are backed up by regular Sunday matinees, a choice of two different films for kids on Saturdays monthly Mother and Baby screenings and a host of one-off events.
And its not just a cinema... there is a cafe, a jazz bar and regular saturday art fairs... I will explore the cafe part more in myrestaurant section.