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South London: My perfect London day out by the Brixton Blogger

Hoping for sunshine, the co-editor of the Brixton Blog would plan a dip in Brockwell lido and jerk chicken from Electric Avenue

I’d start my perfect day with a good old-fashioned fry up at the Phoenix cafe on Coldharbour Lane. Fuelled by its poached eggs, I could wander around Brixton’s various markets for hours. I’d stroll through Granville Arcade (Brixton Village) before hitting the eclectic open air market in Electric Avenue (brixtonmarket.net), where wisps of blue smoke carry the unbeatable smell of jerk chicken sizzling on Jeff the Chef‘s outdoor grill.

But I have a lot to pack in so I’ll grab some cheese, meats and bread from the A&C Portuguese deli on Atlantic Road, and bargainous fruit from a stall on Electric Avenue (yes, that of Eddy Grant fame) before toddling up Railton Road for a dip in Brockwell Lido (brockwelllido.com), aka Brixton Beach.

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London’s top five Soho cocktail bars

Punches, cobblers, flips, swizzles and vintage cocktails – they’re all on offer in the finest drinking spots in Soho, London

Behind an unmarked door, up some stairs and set over two storeys of a townhouse, you’ll find a super-sexy Parisian cocktail bar, with good dance music, gorgeous decor and a vibe that is super French and super cool. The French owners also run three of Paris’s best bars. The cocktails (most around £10 each) are exquisite and unusual, and include vintage cocktails mixed from spirits dating back to the 50s and 70s – these cost an eye-watering £120-£250. Turn up early, or book ahead (via email only, marie-antoinette@experimentalcocktailclub.com) to be sure of a table.
13a Gerard Street, 020-7434 3559, experimentalcocktailclublondon.com, £5 on the door after 11pm. Open 6pm-3am, Sun 6pm-midnight

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