Brixton’s little market alleyways are absolutely filled with the best of what’s to come in London – see Honest Burgers and Franco Manca, which both made names for themselves down in Brixton Village. On the Market Row side, you’ll find Seven at Brixton, a tapas and cocktail bar that infuses south London with Spanish flavours.
Start with a cocktail – they’re seasonal, and we recommend a warm apple and ginger Daiquiri in the winter. It’s the upgrade on mulled cider you always dreamed of, with that welcome tangy spice. Summer rhymes with slushies to us, and they’ve got a moreish strawberry and vanilla one – try a ginger beer and basil Mojito if you’re not a fan of sweet drinks. Once you’ve got your drinks started, we predict a lengthy time staring at the tapas menu, so here are a few pointers: the pan con tomate and the tortilla are essentials. We’re also partial to the calamares – they come with an aioli that’s perfect for dipping bread and potatoes …
Tables are reclaimed desks, lights are hanging from cables and the booze is in suitcases attached to the walls. The ambiance is completely Brixton: relaxed and almost underdone, with the necessary bit of cool, but completely unpretentious. Weekends are busy with couples on dates and friends catching up – it’s the perfect spot for long chats over nibbles. And churros. Did we mention the churros?
Best Bars tip: Bring a group of mates and order a couple of the sharing platters – and they do special tapas menus for Christmas sit downs.
– Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest