Cheap Chic Tip of the Week
No apologies for making this week's Cheap Chic Tip of the Week a destination. No apologies either for making it London-centric.
So if you either live in London or are visiting London this summer....
then get yourselves down to Brixton - specifically Brixton Village.
Until recently I wouldn't have suggested that you go out of your way to visit Brixton - but all that's changed.
This once rather rundown arcade has been given a new lease of life over the last couple of years with the help of the
creative agency Space Makers.
Empty units were offered rent free for three months to encourage new start-up ventures, and it's really paid off.
Now the place is buzzing with fab foodie outlets, vintage shops and craft spaces.
My favourites include Brixi, gorgeous silk-screen scarves, kitsch but beautifully-made felt bambis and other unique finds....
I loved the silk-scarf curtains and clothes at Saloon...where I bought a great vintage jacket for £25.
Then I was persuaded to part with a further £45 at the fabulous Margot - otherwise known as Leftovers.
This young woman knows how to source - with her entire stock of vintage clothes, trimmings and hats for men, women and children
coming direct from France. I just love my 1950's cotton organza top...really special.
Then, when you've completely overexcited yourself with shopping...get yourself some fodder.
There are dozens of great places to choose from.
My friend Mel and I plumped for Etta's Seafood. BYO and a huge plate of fish and chips.....£6!
Jay Rayner obviously likes the food here - read his excellent review in The Guardian.
Food from young enthusiasts - fresh, tasty and won't burn a hole in your pocket.
You can hear more about Brixton Market on R4's You and Yours prog with Reporter Melanie Abbott.