Last year I wrote about being more personal with my readers, so to keep up with expectations, here are some insights about where I live and work.
It has been almost 4 years since I moved to Brixton, one of the most multi-cultural boroughs of London, the capital city of the United Kingdom. This move means quite a lot to me as I was born and raised in São Paulo, the business capital of Brazil. If you got curious about that, I promisse to get back talking about my life in Brazil in a future post, but for the moment, let me tell you a bit more about Brixton.
Life in Brixton
Brixton is one of the most trendy places of London. Here you'll find communities from all over the world, which I find to be one of the best things of this area of London, and since I'm also fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, I can keep my language skills sharp on a daily basis just by visiting the local market and talking to local people.
Cover art entitled “Welcome to Brixton” by Lucie Conoley.
One the most amazing things I've discovered since moving to the area is that Paul Simonon and Mick Jones, both members of The Clash, one of the bands I use to listen like crazy during my teenage years, where born and raised in Brixton. The same goes to David Bowie, which I also listened, but just wasn't one of my favorites.
Actually, most of the bands I grew up listening were British, such as Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Cream, The Beatles, The Smiths, Oasis, The Verve, Coldplay, Radiohead, just to mention a few from the top of my head. So, really, it's no secret why I find myself living in the UK.
While all of that is quite interesting (at least for myself), my musical taste have changed a lot since my younger ears, and nowadays I find myself listening to a lot of post-rock, stuff like Sigur Rós, The American Dollar, Mogwai, Jon Hopkins, Múm, Patrick O'Hearn, This Will Destroy Us, and Sigur Rós again, my favorite band at the moment.
Music has had, and still does have a great deal of influence in my life, I'm moved by it, no pun intended, but seriously, I used to have a band in an early age, I can still play the guitar, not so well as I used to, but it's still my favorite unwinding activity.
This is probably the place I most visit in Brixton, The Ritzy, our local cinema. I love films, so I'm constantly looking for every opportunity to escape to a cinema room. The seats are extremely comfortable and the quality is high-end, all without the high-street price tag.
The Brixton Ritzy. Photo by Insider London.
Tate Central Library
I must admit I haven't been many times in the Tate Central Library, but that doesn't matter much really, because this is the sort of public service I do appreciate having around. You'll eventually find me there writing, as I find that to be a nice quiet place to work.
Brixton Library. Photo by Steve Cadman.
My guess is that everyone that lives in London have been at least once in the Brixton academy, and to be honest, if I was just a few years younger, I would probably be constantly visiting it myself. They host some of the most amazing artists of the world. Seriously, the list is endless.
On curious fact about the Brixton Academy, at least for myself, it that Sepultura, another band that used to be one of my favourites in my teenage years came all the way from Brazil to record the album Under a Pale Grey Sky in this famous theatre.
The Brixton Academy. Photo by Queen Concerts.
I'm not always shopping there, simply because I love the convenience of home delivery, but that's the place to go to find things you wouldn't find anywhere else. If you're into eating meat, something which I'm sort of giving up, I recommend the Brazilian butcher inside the gallery who can sell you Picanha, a traditional Brazilian meat cut that's delicious. Well, at least was delicious, as I said, I'm sort of giving up meat.
Brixton Village. Photo by Steve Cadman.
Brixton Village. Photo by Jenny Reilly.
Ian Riley from Brixton Cornercopia, one of the best places in the village.
The Brixton Mill is certainly the place I most like in Brixton. I'm a sucker for things that have something to tell, and every-time I visit the Mill, I can't stop wondering how would the surrounding area looked like 500 years ago.
Brixton Mill. Photo by Eduard Buturuga Pascu.
Brixton Mill Inside View. Photo by Owen Llewellyn.
Excerpt from Brixton Windmill website:
…Brixton Windmill was built in 1816 on part of Stockwell Manor. It was built by John Muggeridge and Sons – a family of builders involved in the development of Brixton in the first half of the 19th century. [more]
If you're in London, I recommend visiting the Brixton Mill, it's a magical place.
Finally, here's where I work, my own design studio. So, if you hire me from a distant corner of the world, here's where I will spend time working on your very successful project. Or, wait, perhaps I'll be brainstorming at the Mill. 🙂
If you like this, perhaps you'll like to learn more about my office setup.