The Brixton Pound Cafe
The first pay-what-you-can cafe in Brixton...
Our latest project, the Brixton Pound Cafe, opened in July 2016 at 77 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU as the first cafe in South London where we serve food and drink on a pay-what-you-can basis. It's an experiment in social economy that gives customers an opportunity to pay less if they don't have much, or to be generous and help support others who may not be able to afford as much.
Participatory, inclusive, and social, it’s a utopian experiment that springs from the B£ ethos of questioning neoliberal economic dogma, and showing how we can do things differently.
Rescuing food from landfill
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 Greens, The People's Fridge, surplus sharing app OLIO, Brixton Soup Kitchen and Brixton People’s Kitchen, and work together as part of a network aiming to reduce food waste and food poverty in the area. We collect surplus from local traders, including The Old Post Office Bakery, F Mondays, Ms Cupcake, Sweet Carolina, Nour Cash & Carry and Faiz Fine Foods, who have all pledged to donate their unsold edible produce.
As with all our initiatives the cafe is not-for-profit, and all revenue will support the local community via the Brixton Fund.
Volunteer with us!
Our cafe depends on the support of dedicated volunteers, who help with preparing food, serving customers, making teas and coffees and keepinh our space looking beautiful. If this sounds like something you'd like to do, download our Volunteer Role Description here, and get in touch via email or drop into the cafe for a chat.
Mon-Fri: 8.30am - 6pm
Sat: 9am - 6pm
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, buy B£ merchandise (every sale supports the Brixton Fund!) and find out more about B£, its local projects, and Brixton itself.
Local transport links
Approx. 0.3 miles from Brixton Underground station, which has step-free access
Approx. 0.2 miles from bus stops
1. Entrance to building
There is one entrance to the building. One standard door approx. 86cm wide, there is one large step approx. 24cm high. We are afraid we do not have a ramp for the entrance but are currently seeking someone to help us out by either making or donating one! Push to open the door from the outside.
2. Cafe space
Floor is wooden and fairly even. The only internal door is for the bathroom, and it's 60cm wide.
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 upstairs space.
The narrowest space a person would have to get through to get into the upstairs space is 86cm, the width of the entry door to the cafe.
There is natural light through the large window, and uplighter lamps as well as standard lights on the ceiling.
There's one unisex bathroom, approx. 175cm wide and 305cm long.
The door to the bathrooms is 60cm wide, with no step.
The sink is 77cm high, with compression washer tap. No hot water at present (we're working on it!) The toilet is 40cm high. Push button flush top center of cistern. Toilet rolls are loose on top of shelf beside toilet, 27cm up from floor. There are no handrails.
The light switch for the toilet is inside the bathroom, to the left: a long string pull lever type switch from the ceiling.
Turn space 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.