Something fantastic has happened in Brixton. A brilliant second-hand shop has popped up in an old warehouse on Barrington Road. When I first moved to south London in the late 1980s, Brixton was the go-to place for clubbing (The Fridge), gigs (Brixton Academy) and films (The Ritzy), and a bit rough around the edges. As Mr That's Not My Age concurs, 'You had to watch out for nutters.' But that was all part of its charm. The area has grown-up over the last few years and become a proper foodie destination - you'll always find me and Jay Rayner in the market on Sundays (though not together) - and well, a bit middle class.
|Andy Luckett with colleague & fellow vintage fan, Bridie Young|
Brixton East is the latest development. Founder Andy Luckett has been buying and selling stuff at antique fairs for 20 years, storing everything in his warehouse and living in the flat above, 'I decided it was time to do the building up and make it sound. I'd been living here for years with rain pouring in and rats - and prostitutes hanging around outside.' Luckett is enjoying Brixton's new-found popularity, 'People in Brixton are lovely and the idea is that they can come in and see the building. I want my neighbours to come round for a cup of tea - and I want it to keep changing. We had a bit of an art show last month and there's a girl who's going to come and do a poetry reading.'
He's also offering free tea and Brixton Buns - so I'll be back next week.
Brixton East is open 11am - 6pm every weekend until Christmas Eve.
100 Barrington Road, London SW9 (07973 312 023)