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South Londoner @Jessie_Ware shares her top 10 Brixton hangouts

Posted at 6:00 pm, August 7, 2012 in Music & Nightlife, Top 5
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We’re all proud of our little corner of London and we all have our fave spots that we can’t help telling everyone about, rendering them not-so-secret anymore. Brixton based singing sensation Jessie Ware decided to bare all and tell us some of her favourite local tips…

Seven at Brixton
‘It’s so important that Brixton has a good cocktail bar. They’re £5, it’s affordable and they get you rocked – they’re generous. And they do tapas-type food and churros with hot chocolate dip, there’s art installations upstairs, you can play poker there too. I come here a lot: cocktails and food are my thing – that makes me happy.’

Federation Coffee
‘I meet my friends here and they do banana bread with a little Nutella. It’s been open longer than most places round here, it’s relaxed and very, very popular. It’s the perfect place to have coffee.’

Cannon & Cannon
‘It’s got cheese, cured meats and wine it’s run by two brothers – a lawyer and a social worker – who just have a mad love for food. They also have a place in Borough market and they both have full time jobs!’

Lab G
‘I’ve only just got into ice cream and I’m a real snob about it – I can’t eat crap ice cream. They’re really sweet in there and the portions are really generous. I love coffee ice cream and the salted caramel is pretty bloody great.’

‘I went in there looking for birthday cards and I came out having put a deposit on a piece of art. The owner Emy always supports young artists and she has a very generous spirit. She’s got really interesting and beautiful stuff in there.’

‘It’s this second hand store run by this French girl, she’s got such great stuff. I’ve bought Emmanuelle Khanh and Cacharel in there, she’s brilliant. It’s very small, but she’s got stuff ranging from Edwardian to the ’80s. It’s one of the only vintage stores I go to in London.’

Courtesan Dim Sum Bar
‘I was recommended it by a friend who told me they did jerk chicken wrapped in a banana leaf! So we went and I had that and it was absolutely delicious. I’d never had dim sum in south London. We had soft shell crab and this beautiful prawn and bean curd and it all felt really fresh and delicious. I wanted to eat everything on the menu! It’s my new favourite place. With dim sum I kind of think you’re allowed to eat as much as you want because it’s tiny.’

‘It’s the most amazing Thai I’ve had in London. It’s family run and it’s so popular that they run out of things, so I ring up and say, “Look hold me a lamb massaman back because I’ve got a table at nine and I know it’ll be gone” and she’ll save me one. Their green papaya salad is spicy but delicious. The banana fritters! Everything is so tasty.’

Honest Burger
‘I know everyone raves about it but they’re the best burgers. My boyfriend went to uni with the guy who runs it and my manager and his wife had it for the food at their wedding last year. The chips are rosemary salted and it’s got the best caramelized onion relish and very, very streaky bacon. It’s simple but delicious, and the prices are really good. It’s rammed – you can never get in – but they’re opening up in Soho. And it doesn’t leave you feeling too guilty.’

‘This is a great jerk place half way up Brixton Hill. We always get the sharing platter on which there’s amazing chicken, plantain, wicked coleslaw, salad, rice and peas, salt cod fritters – the lot. They have a really pretty space outside for the summer too with picnic benches and fairy lights. it’s great value, plus it’s BYOB, which is always a bonus. And they deliver!’

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