Christmas 2011 Opening Hours

Hi everyone,

Here’s an overview of our Christmas opening hours, but please remember that certain shops and restaurants will be closed up until the New Year. Kaosarn are closed from December 23 to January 5. Brick Box is now closed till January 10. Relay Tearoom are also now closed for the holiday season.

Most of all our shops have Facebook pages so please check the pages of your favourite restaurant or shop for more information. Also follow them on Twitter!

On that note:

December 23

Open till 10 pm with individual shops reserving the right to stay closed for the holiday season.

December 24

Open till 5 pm

December 25 & December 26


December 27 & 28

Open till 6 pm

December 29 – 30

Open till 10 pm

December 31

Open til 6 pm

1 – 2 January


Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year! Thanks for all the support and hopefully 2012 will see big things happening in Brixton Village.

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Posted by on 22/12/2011 in Uncategorized


Uniting Fashion and Music in Brixton Village

United 80 Brixton Village

Chris, Cyndi and a fan at United 80.

The funkiest shop in Brixton United 80 is celebrating its 1 year anniversary and the Brixton Village Blog met up with Samantha-Jane Ofoegbu, one member of the eclectic collective to chat about their concept and plans for the future.

Who are United 80?
United 80 consists of three businesses in one. N’damus London, Geometric Designs by Samantha J and Hands On Music. Nneka Onyenakala  is the lady behind N’damus London which sells leather accessories like Ipad covers, purses and wallets. All her items are 100% leather and handmade. My line is called Geometric Designs and I sell bespoke outfits handmade by me from African fabric. Handson Music consists of husband and wife team Chris and Cyndi who, are a DJ and black music collective.

United 80 Brixton Village

Handmade leather Ipad cases sold in United 80.

How did United 80 come about?
The name comes from the fact that we are are all united and passionate about our brands and located at Unit 80. United 80 came out of a love for selling the brands we love and sharing a common interest socially.The three brands N’Damus London, Geometric Designs and Hands On Music are three seperate brands that came under one umbrella to create United 80.  We see ourselves as a bespoke alternative outlet which houses fashion, music, art and whatever else we are feeling!

How long have you all known each other?
We’ve known each other for years. I used to DJ along with Hands On music when Chris and Cyndi sold and played music all over London in Camden, Portobello and Brixton. Also in 2009 N’damus and I ran a stall together in Brick Lane and then Brixton Arts & Crafts Market.  We always knew that we wanted to do something together, so in June 2010 we moved to this shop here in Brixton Village.

Fashion and music have always gone together, but no one has put them together here in the market so we saw the gap and decided to do something about it. It’s important to have a solid mix of traders who provide goods and services in Brixton Village.

United 80 Brixton Village

Cyndi, Chris and Samantha-Jane, three of the four that make up United80.

How’s trading going in Brixton Village?
It’s going really well. I can’t believe a year has gone by so quickly. This winter was hard, only because it was so cold and long, and we are are glad we’ve come out the other end. We are a retail outlet that really adds value to Brixton Village.

Tell us a bit more about what we can find in United 80.
United 80 is a bespoke boutique. Everything here is well thought out and unique. We sell music that is a mixture of jazz, broken beats and other essential elements of good black music. Cyndi and Chris are music connoisseurs and have a good ear for selecting rare sounds. If we don’t have what you want we will go and find it.
Geometric Designs sell outfits handmade by me from African print in a contemporary style. Every piece is unique but also off the peg. If we don’t have it in your size we can sew it up in your size.
The N’damus brand sells gorgeous and creative leather accessories in a wide range of shapes and colours.

United 80 Brixton Village red clutch

N'damus red abstract rose clutch are just a few of the great accessories to be found in United 80.

What are the plans for the future?
We feel it is important for us to continue being in Brixton Village because this market needs more than just restaurants if it is to survive. We are bespoke and are willing to go that extra mile to get what you want, be it an extra twist to that summer dress or that rare edition of an album you want or embossed leather wallets. Next up on our to do list is to get the website up and running for and keep running events in the market,

How is United 80 celebrating its 1 year anniversary?
We are holding a party on Friday just to say thank you to everybody who has supported us and to all our customers. Come down, bring a drink and we’ll play a lot of music. We’ll also be holding some special offers. New items from Nnekas N’damus collection will be 25% off and 10% off all other items. 10% off all other items from the Geometric Designs collection and 25% off the new denim collection. Handson Family will be having a 10% off sale on all their items.

United 80 Brixton Village

You may or may not see Cyndi in this number this Friday at the United 80 birthday party. Will Bender make a guest appearance?

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Posted by on 22/07/2011 in Uncategorized


An Honest Story


It’s been a while since this blog was updated but we are going to try and change that by doing regular interviews and profiles with our traders. First off are one of our many new kids on the block, Honest Burgers.

On Tuesday June 14 Honest Burgers opened in First Avenue in Brixton Village and according to reports there was a queue of about 10 people outside its doors before the grilling had even begun. The buzz around this new burger joint on Twitter is strong, and it seems to be a hit amongst our traders too, with the ladies from Relay tweeting about eating there twice a week.

So we sat down with grill master Tom Barton, one of the team members behind Honest to have a little chat about the restaurant.

Honest burgers

Tom doing his thing at Honest. (Photo: Studio 73)

How did Honest come about?

My friend Phil Eeles and I originally started out in Brighton where we went to uni, with an outdoors catering business. That was about two years ago, and we used to have a lot of conversations about actually running a restaurant cause what we were doing was mostly catering at festivals, and that sort of thing.

While Phil and I were doing these catering gigs we randomly met Dorian Waite, a friend of a friend who has restaurant experience and after a few beers, we got to chatting and realised there was a gap in the market. I moved to Brixton about four months ago, and my girlfriend and I were walking around Brixton Village and our first thought was, “It’s magical down here. Absolutely brilliant. There’s nothing like it”. So we spoke to the market manager Rashid and took it from there.

Why the name Honest?

We wanted to come up with a name that would show that we are not about fancy chef tricks. Basically we serve good, honest food. Nothing’s just thrown on the plate here. We’ve picked the best butchers and meat you can find in the UK at the moment. We use free range chickens and eggs. We have gluten free bread provided by WAGfree bakery here in the Village, and we use chickpea flour in everything you’ll expect flour to be in. We don’t use any thickeners, stabilisers or chemical agents in our food – it’s just beef, bit of salt and pepper…It’s honest food.

Honest burgers

Team Honest: Dorian Waite, Tom Barton, Phil Eeles. (Photo: Studio 73)

Tell us a bit about your burgers…

All our produce is cooked in the best way possible using British ingredients. Our menu is good value for money and you can get an entire burger meal complete with salad and chips for £6.50. All our produce is local and traceable. Our meat is from The Ginger Pig farm in Yorkshire.

Anything for vegetarians?

Yes. We have a great vegetarian fritter that’s good and crunchy and served with coriander yoghurt. We’ve got pretty good feedback on them.

And what’s this we are hearing about the chips?

Our potatoes are hand peeled, hand cut into chips here in the restaurant. They are triple fried and seasoned with a pinch of rosemary salt and lemon to give them a zesty twang.

Sounds delicious. Anything else you want to add?

Honest Burgers has been a real pipe dream for us and we can’t believe it’s actually happened. It’s been hard graft from day 1 and we’ve done our best to make the restaurant look as nice as we can on a budget. Take a look at our Flickr album to see the process. We are open for lunch Tuesdays to Sundays, and open till 10pm Thursday to Saturday. We look forward to welcoming all our lovely customers.

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Posted by on 19/06/2011 in Uncategorized


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Brixton Photo Booth

Brixton Photo Booth – Thursday night, 3 Feb at Brick Box from 6-9pm, and Saturday 5 Feb

Brixton Photo Booth is a contemporary restaging of Harry Jacobs’ famous photographic studio at Brick Box cafe.

Thoughout the 1950s, Harry Jacobs took a series of photographs of newly arrived immigrants living in South London, capturing a unique moment in British history, the advent of multiculturalism.

To celebrate the importance of Jacobs’ documentary work to London’s history, X Presents have recreated his studio in Brixton Village Market and invite you to be photographed. The photographs will be displayed at Brixton Library from 11th—14th February, then donated to the Lambeth Archives, as well as shown online.

Brixton Photo Booth is a project organised by X Presents, an artist-led non-profit organisation whose initiatives are based on values of collectivism. X Presents are a group of artists who collaboratively realise artistic and educational projects to engage a wide audience & support creative graduates.

Opening Times
Thursday 3 February, 6 – 9pm & Saturday 5 February, 11am – 4pm

41-42 Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, London

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Posted by on 01/02/2011 in Uncategorized


Agile Rabbit Pizza cafe

At the Agile Rabbit so far we have brought you …

every day

The very best pizzas, by the slice or by the pie, coffee at the rightest price and exactly as you goona like it. ..and exotic Chai tea too …

Thursday evenings have sometimes given rise to wild and always eclectic mixture of entertainment with your slice of pizza

such as the grittiest poetry night in town that is Jack Blackburn’s ‘Conform’, Live music from extraordinarry performers like London’s own Lewis Floyd Henry, guitar virtuoso Phil Taylor and oso and even riotous Canadian punk rockers Eamon Mcgrath and  Ryder Havdale’s Mowhawk Lodge.

In the year of the Rabbit

…the promise is more

more fun and art  and performances all with your favourite pizza all with as much more as we can get on to the famous paper plate..

on 17th Feb we open again in the evening until 10 p.m with our very own Barka and friends and don’t miss Jack Blackburn’s ‘Conform’ when he returns on Thursday 24th February

see you then if not before…

with love from he the Agile Rabbit and all the merry men and women…


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Posted by on 31/01/2011 in Uncategorized


Welcome to Brixton Village Market!

Brixton Village is a 1930s market arcade in central Brixton.

In 2009, it was looking a bit downhearted, but a wave of pop-up projects and new food & fashion shops have cheered the place up.

Join us for free Saturday events and late night Thursdays!

Come visit us, we’re open every day of the week!

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Posted by on 09/12/2010 in Uncategorized