Brixton Pound

Brixton Pound

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The first pay-what-you-feel cafe in Brixton! 

Our newest project, the Brixton Pound cafe, opened in July 2016 at 77 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU as the first cafe in South London where all food and drink is served on a pay-what-you-feel basis. Rather than setting a fixed price, we give customers an opportunity to have an affordable experience, or be generous, or to simply just think for themselves what they feel like paying. 

Participatory, inclusive, and social, it’s a format that fits perfectly into B£’s ethos and aim of questioning the traditional money systems and showcasing that viable alternatives exist.

Using surplus

Our ambition is to source our food from local surplus - perfectly edible food that would otherwise be wasted - and turn it into delicious and healthy meals. We have partnered up with a number of organisations including Local GreensPeople's Fridge, surplus sharing app OLIO, Brixton Soup Kitchen and Brixton People’s Kitchen, and with them will lead on food waste and food poverty reduction in the area. We will be collecting surplus from local traders, such as Ms Cupcake, Sweet Carolina, Nour Cash & Carry and Faiz Fine Foods, who have already pledged their unsold edible produce.

As with all our initiatives the cafe will be a not-for-profit, and all revenue will support the local community via the Brixton Fund.

We're looking forward to welcoming you at 77 Atlantic Road - come along to say hello, have a drink and a bite to eat, use the free wifi, or just hang out in a friendly space.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday:  7.30am - 5:30pm

Sat: 9am - 6pm

Sun: 12pm - 3pm (Sunday Feast)

How can I be part of the Brixton Pound Cafe? 

Besides visiting us, we welcome any surplus items you may have - maybe you’re an urban grower with an abundant garden or allotment, or your household has items you don’t need - tea you're not drinking or ingredients you're not using at the back of your cupboard, which we will gratefully receive. 

We’re looking for local businesses who could participate by donating any leftover or unwanted ingredients or food produce that would otherwise be thrown away. This will not only help reduce your waste but also your business’ overall impact on the environment, while contributing to the Brixton community in a unique way. Contact us to arrange a one-off pick-up or ongoing partnership at cafe (at) brixtonpound (dot) org or come by the cafe for a chat. 

Our new cafe space is a great place to hold meetings and events. Let us know if you'd like to host an event, or have an idea for something that could happen in the space.


Art Studios for hire 

We are offering our converted basement below the cafe as dedicated studio space for individuals/groups who are excited by the prospect of being part of a wider local community and bringing their art outside of the studio too. 

This opportunity is best suited to an artist whose practice is rooted in community engagement, curation or education.

We are keen that financial constraints should not limit applications so would be willing to discuss part exchange of rent for working in the cafe for an extended period. 

For more information please come by the cafe or visit brixtonpound.org/spacehire


Brixton Pound HQ

In the cafe, you can also exchange your sterling cash for Brixton Pounds, set up a B£ pay-by-text account, play the Brixton Bonus, buy B£ merchandise (every sale supports the Brixton Fund!) and find out more about B£, its local projects, and Brixton itself. 

 

Upcoming events

 

Accessibility information

Transport 

Local transport links – how far from train or underground station? 

– Approx. 0.3 miles from Brixton Underground station.  

Is there a step-free access at the train or underground station? 

– Yes.

How far from bus stop? 

– Approx. 0.2 miles from bus stops in either direction. 

Building Entrance 

Entrance to building – are there steps? How high and how deep are the steps? 

There is one entrance to the building. One standard door approx. 86cm wide, there is one large step approx. 24cm high.

How do you open the door? How high do you need to reach to do this?  Does the door open automatically or do you have to push/pull it? Is the door heavy and stuff or light and easy to push/pull? 

– Push to open the door from the outside.

Cafe space

What kind of floor is there and is it even or bumpy? 

– Wooden floorboards, fairly even.

How wide are internal doors? 

– The only internal door is the one to the restroom which is 60cm wide.

How wide is the corridor? 

– There is only one very short corridor to the bathroom which is 90cm wide, otherwise as soon as you walk through the front door you are in the event space.

What is the narrowest space a person would have to get through to get into the event space? 

– 86cm. 

How long is the distance from front door to event space? 

– There is no distance, as soon as you enter the through the door you are in the event space.

 What lighting is there in the space (natural light as well as electric etc.)? Is it overhead, on the walls or on the floor? 

– There is natural light through the large window, also uplighter lamps as well as standard lights on the ceiling. 

How wide is the door to the event space?  

– Approx. 86cm.  

 How much background/street noise can you hear? 

– Minimal traffic or other noises from directly outside the building or from other rooms within the building. 

What colour are the walls? Are they plain or covered in posters? 

– Walls are white, usually with multiple pieces of artwork displayed.

What is the height of tables and chairs, what materials are they made from and in what style?  

– Big tables are wooden and approx. 77.5cm tall. Wooden stools 46cm tall, big main dining table 73 cm tall and 186cm wide. Smaller wooden tables approx. 78.5cm tall. 

How much space is there in between furniture? 

– This will vary from event to event. In general furniture can be arranged as needed. 

How wide is/are the door(s) to the toilet(s)? Are there any steps? 

– 60cm doorway. No step.

Bathroom 

What are the measurements of the cubicles/bathrooms? Are they unisex? 

– There’s one bathroom and it is unisex. It’s just a toilet and a sink - no cubicles. The room is approx. 175cm wide and 305cm long.

How high is the sink? What type of taps are there? How high is the toilet? What type of flush is used? Where is the toilet paper? Sanitary bin?  

– Sink is 77cm high. Tap is a compression washer tap, only the cold tap works as there is no hot water in the building. Toilet is 40cm high. Push button flush top center of cistern. Toilet rolls are loose on top of shelf left of toilet, 27cm up from floor. 

Are there any handrails? 

– No.

Where is the light switch for the toilet? How high? Which type? 

– Inside the bathroom, to your left: a long string pull lever type switch from the ceiling. 

How much turn space is there around the toilet? 

– The room is a rectangle, with the entrance on the shorter side and a bookshelf, toilet, and sink along the longer side. The space between the sink and the wall is approx. 105 cm, between the toilet and that wall is approx. 64cm, between the bookshelf and the same wall is approx. 96.5 cm. The distance between the entrance and the edge of the sink is approx. 219 cm, between the entrance and the edge of the toilet is approx. 145 cm.