Pop is more than just a funky street-food market made out of former shipping containers. It’s also a community hub and incubator for start-ups that’s helping to transform the neighbourhood for the better with its Community Investment Scheme.
Who are they?
It was launched back in 2015, in partnership with Lambeth Council, by Carl Turner Architects and a company now known as Makeshift to make the most of a derelict car park. Three years on, the 50-something containers are now home to more than 55 different independent businesses, including a number of pop-up restaurants; social enterprises, such as The People’s Fridge and Pop Farm; a radio station known as Reprezent Radio; plus a local barbershop and Japanese knifeshop. And, as if that wasn't enough, it’s estimated that Pop has managed to generate more than £9m for the local economy in 2016 alone.
What’s on the menu?
Dive into anything from Petare’s Venezulan street food to cheesy delights from Raclette Brothers. If you want something more formal, head to Duck Duck Goose or find Smoke & Salt’s Aaron Webster and Remi Williams making their ferment-forward magic happen upstairs. If you’re in for a beverage, grab a glass of wine from New Zealand Cellar or a cool craft beer from the Brixton Port Authority. It's open-air communal seating in the spring and summer which means you can lap up all of that British sun while you're there; or hunker down under the canopies with a steaming cup of something soothing in the autumn and winter.
Where can I find them?
Pop SW9 8PQ into your phone and head straight down Brixton Station Road until you hit the colourful metal containers. You can’t miss it, trust us.