Brixton Village announces an exciting line-up of new retail and restaurant openings following the signing of six new tenants to its diverse and vibrant marketplace.
A thriving destination for shopping, eating and cultural events, built on the unique character of the neighbourhood and its rich cultural heritage, Brixton Village is pleased to welcome restaurants Rudie’s and Oowee Vegan, charity Resole for its first permanent site; art gallery Disrupt Space; new homeware store by Japanese restaurant Okan, and pop-up florist Stems Wilder.
What’s more, Brixton Village is delighted to have partnered with Black Cultural Archives to bring an unparalleled food and drinks service to the national heritage centre. Setting new standards for food and drinks at cultural venues, visitors can now order food from the markets’ restaurants, delivered straight to them at Black Cultural Archives through Tablesnappr. Available to order by scanning a QR code with your phone, visitors can order from: Black Bear Burger, Fish Wings & Tings, The Joint, Cheese & Fizz, Jalisco, Okan, and Senzala
Rudie’s Jerk Shack
Launching their third site in Brixton Village this November, Matin and Michelle Miah, the husband and wife team behind Rudie’s Jerk Shack, are set to bring their unique and authentic take on Jamaican cuisine to Market Row, with a 50 cover restaurant split across two levels, with indoor and outdoor table service. Drawing on Michelle’s Jamaican heritage to create a menu that is full of innovative, authentic dishes packed full of flavour, the return to Brixton is particularly significant to Michelle, who spent a lot of time in South London visiting her grandmother.
Named Deliveroo’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in 2019, Bristol-based Oowee Vegan will be opening its second London-site in Brixton Village this November. Starting out in 2016 as a pop-up sandwich kitchen in Bristol, founders Charlie and Verity saw their venture acclaim huge success, leading to two permanent restaurant openings – Oowee Diner and Oowee Vegan. In 2018, Oowee opened its first London site, seeing customers flock to try their popular meat-free menu which will now be available at their restaurant in Brixton Village. South London diners can now enjoy their American diner-style dishes, including the Beyond Meat burger, vegan fried ‘chicken’, and sriracha ‘shrimp’ loaded fries.
Joining the strong line-up of independent stores in the markets this November is south-London based charity Resole. Set up by Moosa Nsubuga, the initiative will finally have a permanent base to donate trainers to the homeless as well as disadvantaged youths at risk of gang violence and drug abuse. What started as a side project initiated by Moosa and his friends to provide high-quality footwear to the homeless has become an all-encompassing initiative, working with local councils and youth centres across three cities, London, Birmingham and Manchester, and culminating in a total of 1300 trainers distributed over the Covid-19 lockdown period with a total worth of £140,000.
Disrupt Space – the Black arts agency established to represent emerging visual artists will also be joining the markets this November. The agency was founded in 2019 by Paul Reid, former founding Director of the UK’s first national Black heritage institution, Black Cultural Archives, and Legacy Gala Lifetime Achievement Award winner in the category of Leading Black Excellence (Cultural Custodian).
Disrupt Space manages artists through their curated events programme, connecting them to collectors and those passionate about Black art. Supporting artists in their creative development to be the very best artists they can be, Disrupt Space celebrates artists who are on a creative journey to express themselves and do so in response to their view of the world.
Brixton Village will see the arrival of a new homeware concept store by Japanese restaurant Okan this October. Already a resident of the markets, and a favourite destination for Japanese food, founder Moto Priestman has created a unique store for visitors to peruse her carefully curated homeware collection that celebrates Japanese craftsmanship.
Moto’s journey to bring Osaka – the kitchen of Japan – to the UK, started twenty years ago. Opening a stall on Brick Lane and later finding a small kitchen in a jazz club in Camberwell, Moto’s ambition to introduce down to earth Osakan food gained popularity. With her pop-ups proving so successful, Moto launched Okan to take her ideas further, creating a little bit of Osaka in London, and becoming a staple to Brixton’s dining scene.
Stems Wilder is an ecologically influenced florist, deeply attracted to the natural world. Fresh cut-stem and dry flower designs are consciously arranged to show off the natural beauty of our planet’s flora. The humble Brixton Village studio will bring the loal area up to date with the latest floristry trends, delivering unconventional flower types and colour combinations. In-store, customers will find beautiful vases, ceramics, greeting cards, candles, flower presses and prints created by (mostly female!) independent makers. Stems Wilder will also be offering workships, where budding florists can learn to work with fresh-cut and dried flowers, creating hand-tied bouquets and wreaths.
Diana Nabagereka, General Manager of Brixton Village says: “We are thrilled to be welcoming such an eclectic mix of new restaurants and retailers to the markets. Brixton Village has always been at the heart of our local community and we’re excited to see our strong and diverse line-up of independent businesses continue to grow.”
In light of updated government guidelines, the market has continued to implement social distancing and hygiene measures across all new venues alongside Brixton Village’s wider signage, entry posters, floor markers and informational wayfinding to help visitors navigate safely around the marketplace.