Brixton, in South London, has been the home to the U.K.'s African and West Indian community ever since the early 1950s, when the first wave of West Indian immigrants arrived to the U.K. (492 individuals) at Tilbury Docks on the Empire Windrush from Jamaica and were temporarily housed in Clapham South, close to Brixton.
These days the town stands as a symbol of British multiculturalism, with expatriates and immigrants from all corners of the world living in harmony - though most are still predominately from the West Indies, Africa, and Latin America. The Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities extend to living in the nearby areas of Vauxhall, Stockwell, Elephant & Castle, and Oval. I ventured to the shopping centre at Elephant & Castle for the first time in my life earlier this year and the place reminded me of Hong Kong's infamous Chungking Mansions!
I don't wish to sound negatively stereotypical, however I experienced the following while I got onto the bus at Brixton Station. An intoxicated man with massive dreadlocks got onto the bus with a can of Castlemaine XXXX (bear in mind that this was morning time...at 10am!). The driver told him to get off the bus unless he gets rid of his beer can - to which the man replied in a strong Cockney accent: 'What? This is Brixton man...this ain't f****** Germany or Russia!!'. To the shock of other passengers and bystanders, out of fear the driver let him on anyway! It is against the law to ride a London bus or tram with an open alcohol bottle or can. Police can arrest such a man.
No doubt that Brixton has it's fair share of deprivation, unemployment and crime - as can be the case in any other part of London and the U.K. (or anywhere in the world for that matter...). The good thing is that there is a tiny part of the town known as 'Brixton Village' which is becoming a popular hangout for those seeking to indulge in good food - especially Sunday Brunch.
The popularity of Brixton has reached the far corners of the earth...so much that even the Hollywood actor Will Smith paid a visit in 2013 because he wanted to see 'The Bronx of London'.
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