Having our main studio in the heart of Brixton means our talent is fortunate enough to work in one of the most culturally diverse towns in London. Meaning our artists who join us from all across the globe have the opportunity to learn, see and support the cultures of Brixton, particularly the Black culture.
Black-owned businesses have it tough already with daily racial struggles and lack of government support. Now, paired with the impacts of the pandemic and government restrictions, such as limits on tables and curfews, it is time more than ever to keep Brixton’s Black heritage alive.
Whether you’re searching for a particular book or your next lunchtime snack, make a Black-owned business your first choice. Not only are we aiming to inspire readers outside of Jellyfish, but we are also informing our own artists of places they can easily support. You too can support the Black community by spending your money at Black-owned businesses.
We must note that due to the pandemic, some businesses are still being affected greatly, so be sure to check their website or give them a call for opening times.
Our suggestions for places to eat:
Mama’s Jerk is a big hit in London with shops in POP Brixton, Deptford and Canary Wharf. The owner, Adrian Luckies has taken their late Nan, Mama Charlotte’s recipe to create the original Mama’s Jerk BBQ Marinade recipe. Learning from what Nanna taught him best, Adrian has influenced many of its great dishes infusing Caribbean flavours in a modern way. The food is as delicious as ever, and the restaurant now has an online store too.
Pop Brixton: Mamas Jerk, Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ
A popular Jamaican restaurant on Electric Avenue. Their mission is to bring back all the scents, spices and flavours, plus memories of Jamaica to give you authentic and classic dishes. We’ve had the patties, and trust us they are full of flavour!
17 Electric Avenue, London SW9 8JP
Etta is a true Brixtonian being a local resident for over 40 years and the opening of her shop caught on quick with the support of her local friends and community. Not only is the food great, but visiting Etta’s is like going round to a friends house with her charisma and charm. With options like lobster ‘n’ mac, calamari, and salmon ceviche on the menu, how can you not go visit Etta for a friendly meal?
85/86 Brixton Village, London SW9 8PS
Negril has a lot to offer on the plate, with it being one of the best al fresco spots in South and serving up affordable and authentic Caribbean comfort food. Think jerk chicken, rich goat curry, and roti flatbreads. Negril isn’t shy on the portion sizes too, so plenty of bang for your buck! If you’re not in Brixton you can still help keep this local favourite up and running, by ordering up on their website to your door.
132 Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2 1RS
Another POP Brixton favourite of ours is Caribe. With the Brixton site being their first and only permanent site, is even more reason to head over there for some island food and carnival vibes. Plenty of helpings of West Indian foods and flavours made from scratch, plus rum cocktails, homemade juices and more!
49 Brixton Station Road Pop, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ
Jerk chicken, curried goat, codfish fritters, and a deliciously sweet mango sauce are all on the menu at this aptly-named Brixton spot. If you live in or around the area you can get their food delivered, or better yet, call them directly on 020 7737 4888 for collection. Generally, the first thing that comes to mind when asking a Londoner about Caribbean food is jerk chicken. There is little or no scope for elevating Caribbean cuisine. Fish, Wings & Tings is changing that by introducing a dynamic, eclectic mix of Caribbean fare with foods that encompass the entire Caribbean region, taking the regional and street food and turn it into a trendy and delightful selection of nouvelle Caribbean fare.
3 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane SW98 London
Right on our doorstep, is this Jamaican spot offering banana pancakes with rum sauce. Three Little Birds might look like a café, but it is way more than that. It is also a restaurant and a bar, with honey-jerk chicken wings, codfish fritters and the must-have rum punch cocktail. Head there for your next boozy Jamaican affair!
Three Little Birds, 412 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LF
Other businesses in the area:
Diverse was founded in 1999 by Anita Thorpe. It started life as a silver jewellery stall in Brixton market. Today, it is an established and popular lifestyle store specialising in work by local artists and designers, as well as unique, handcrafted products from artisans across the globe. Diverse also partners with a number of enterprise agencies and colleges to train and nurture new creative talent. So, if you're looking for a unique gift head over to diverse.
390 Coldharbour Lane London SW9 8LF
Pure vinyl has become a hub for all those interested in vinyl records and provides an inspiring backdrop for London's vinyl community. Owner Claudia Wilson specialises in Soul and Reggae but stocks a varied selection which includes Jazz, World Music, Rock n Roll and Hip Hop. Look out for their events, they often have guest DJs from your favourite radio stations and limited-edition records.
248 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8FR
The Round Tables
Launching after an overwhelming response to its one-week inclusive pop-up bookshop on Coldharbour Lane, a crowdfund caught wave from readers across the world, The Round Tables were able to have a permanent store. The Round Tables is an inclusive book shop for all ages and in the convenient spot in Granville Arcade, it is also now an online book store.
97 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane Brixton, London SW9 8PS
The Black Cultural Archives (BCA) is the home of Black British History and right on our Jellyfish Pictures doorsteps. Having had to close during lockdown, the BCA is back open and continues to collect, preserve and celebrate the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. It is the perfect space for members of the community, particularly the young who can find positive representations of themselves.
1 Windrush Square in Brixton, London.
Pempasie means “unity is strength” and the shop is a part of Brixton having been open for nearly two decades. The Art and Wellbeing shop in Brixton, which has successfully aimed to unite the African community in South London, by supporting cultural identity, promoting local artists and encouraging natural approaches to healthcare. If you’re looking for some artwork for your home, then check-out the sculptures and paintings along with an unrivalled selection of natural oils and other health and beauty products.
102 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1AH