This summer, Londoners will see the ultimate urban beach open in the heart of Brixton, the gateway to South Londons booming food scene. Opening Friday 26 May and inspired by the vibrant culture of Cuba, Brixton Beach will transport guests to a lush and colourful paradise, serving up a winning combination of cocktails, street food and entertainment, creating the ultimate festival that lasts all summer long.
Created by the award-winning team behind South Pole Saloon, Big Apple Brixton and last years popular Brixton Beach Boulevard, the rooftop will be located in an area well loved for embracing cultures and produce from all over the world. Visitors will journey to a magnificent tropical fiesta on the beach and prepare to turn up the heat in Cuba. The design has been created in collaboration with Zap Architects who blur the boundaries between art and architecture to create something truly bespoke. The team have curated a series of individual events and experiences, involving immersive day and night parties, renowned DJ sets, summer film screenings, beach barbeques and daily exercise classes, whether youre looking to get fit or fiesta the summer evenings away, the beach has something for all.
Guests will be greeted with the sights and scents of Hemingways adopted country of Cuba, with fresh mint hanging down from the bars roof in tendrils alongside swathes of exotic hanging foliage, perfect for drinkers to pick and garnish their own cocktails with. The Cuban-inspired cocktail menu will include Caribbean classics such as Rum Daiquiris, Piña Coladas, Cubanitos and Mojitos. The rooftop bars will also feature Cuban cocktail libations from Bacardi, as well as dedicated bars from iconic Jamaican lager Red Stripe and Chandon, the Argentinian sparkling wine from Moët Hennessy at their exclusive beach side lounge bar to witness the sunset whilst enjoying the perfect Chandon sundowner and bespoke cocktails. Sun-kissed sand, colourful murals and pastel beach huts inspired by Havanas old world splendour will dot the rooftop. Guests can salsa the evenings away in The Clubhouse, a covered area inspired by famous nightclubs such as La Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio, with an ever-evolving series of live music, dancers and cabaret performances.
The project will host a selection of resident food traders, from some of the UKs best street food vendors including; Mac and Cheese experts, Mac to the Future, Brixtons most loved Japanese soul food, Nanban, Del 74, straight-up, traditional Mexican tacos and STAKEhaus, offering high quality British steak. Brixton Beach will also introduce weekly barbeque chef residencies from renowned BBQ joints from across the City every Thursday, welcoming some of the best restaurants to the roof including Dirty Bones, Mamas Jerk and Negril.
The beach party promises an impressive line-up of performances each weekend, including live DJs, traditional Latin American brass bands and exciting cabaret performances. Providing a home for a wide array of musical talent, Brixton Beach will offer everything from house and garage to disco music. The extensive line up includes performances from the likes of Ben Pearce, Norman Jay MBE, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Maxxi Soundsystem, Paul Woolford and PBR Streetgang. Sunday sessions will see some of Londons top promoters take over the roof to throw Londons most popular parties from the likes of SolidGrooves, Metalheadz, Midnight Riot and Supa Dupa Fly.
Brixton Beach will launch an extended program of events this year, open every day throughout the summer. Packed full with entertainment for all, the rooftop beach welcomes a summer long residency from Ministry Does Fitness, the latest venture from British institution Ministry of Sound with the launch of Ministry Does Fitness on the Beach!, where guests can take part in the eclectic array of fitness classes, including ever popular, HIIT, Zumba and Yoga sessions. For those film buffs out there, Brixton Rooftop will host a series of rooftop cinema screenings, with a wide variety of films including cult classics and a selection of guilty pleasures thrown in along the way, this summers rooftop cinema will be the hot summer ticket.
Brixton Beach will be celebrating Cuba’s biggest and boldest holiday, Carnival de Cuba, with their Beach Carnival in July, hosting a weekend festival filled with colour, Cuban dancers and afro-Cuban drum music.
A wide range of group booking packages are also available, where guests will be able to book any of the three open fronted Cuban Huts, offering private seating, while still being at the heart of the party. Brixton Rooftop is also available for larger bookings, occupying separate sections of the roof, as well as complete venue hire.