Thanks to its Caribbean community, Brixton has a long association with music, culture and excellent food. With huge draws such as Brixton market and the O2 Academy, this neighbourhood is a must for both first- and long-time visitors to London. Culture Trip has rounded up the best hotels in Brixton so that you don’t have to.
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The Half Moon Pub has 12 bedrooms named after astronauts | Courtesy of The Half Moon Pub / Hotels.com
The birthplace of the iconic radio drama ‘Under Milk Wood’, The Half Moon Pub in Herne Hill, just down the road from Brixton, was once the local watering hole of author Dylan Thomas. It’s since had a makeover and is now a cosy hub of pale-palette-ed, serene bedrooms, wood-panelled glamour and great ales. The best way to describe the decor is ‘dreamily astronomical’ – in each of the 12 bedrooms (which are named after the 12 astronauts to make it to the moon), you’ll find mobile-style chandeliers, star-painted wallpaper and plenty of blue and grey soft furnishings. In the bar, the sense of whimsy continues in the form of hanging globes filled with plants, copper lighting and velvet chairs. Just a 15-minute walk into central Brixton, it’s a beautiful place to stay in south London.
Just a mile down the road from the O2 Brixton Academy, Chelsea Guest House offers a simple stay for those who prefer to spend their money on attractions instead. With a welcoming staff and great transport links, you’ll find this to be a perfect pit stop with everything you need for a good night’s sleep. The rooms are clean and spacious, with tea- and coffee-making facilities, a modern bathroom and complimentary towels. Down in the lobby, you’ll find brochures and a handy map pinpointing the best cultural hotspots in the city.
Just up the road towards Oval, you’ll find the Belgrave Hotel – a no-frills option for those on a tight budget. Though the outside is nothing special to look at, the rooms are clean, bright and well-priced. The hotel offers tea and coffee, Wi-Fi throughout, on-site parking and a decent, hot shower. Breakfast is a simple buffet affair of cereals, fruit and pastries, and you only have to stroll a couple of minutes down the road to get to the nearest station. What more could you ask for when all you want to do is get out and explore the city?
The rooms in this colourful and eclectic budget hotel are small but perfectly formed and have everything you need for a short stay in the city. The brainchild of craftsman Jose Raido, you’ll find that a Mediterranean theme runs throughout the restaurant and the upstairs bedrooms – each of which is brightly painted and filled with cheerful prints. Breakfast is included in the price of some of the rooms and is an additional £5 for the others, and there’s an honesty bar for the nights you return in need of a decent drink.
Right in the action on Coldharbour Lane, Premier Inn London Brixton is just a two-minute walk from Brixton station, close to the shops, bars and clubs. Rooms are reasonably priced and come with all the amenities you need – a hot power shower, free Wi-fi and comfortable beds. Book into the breakfast for a hearty Full English, or stay for dinner if you don’t feel like exploring. Worried about the noise and light pollution? Thanks to the soundproofing and blackout curtains, you’d think you were in the middle of the countryside instead of a busy London suburb.