Brixton Self-Guided Music Walking Tour - Guided By Historian


  • Offline Mode: Download tours and listen without WiFi

  • Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy the sites

  • Instagram Hotspots: We find the perfect picture spots

  • Enjoy a private experience in a COVID-19 safe environment


Want to learn more about Brixton’s black culture, multicultural music and signature street food? Then take this guide of Brixton as we learn about the Windrush generation, David Bowie and South London gentrification.

Tour info

50 minutes -
Group Size
Pricing (From)
Adult: (5-90 years)
Meeting Point

Brixton Hill, Brixton Hill, Greater London, England, SW2 1JF

Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

Discover the top-secret spots in Brixton, London, as you walk through a musical experience with this private immersive audio guide! 

Guided by an expert historian and local musician, we’ll visit the most famous historic buildings and discover the secret tales that live in this neighbourhood. Together, we’ll learn more about Brixton’s black culture, mesmerizing multicultural music, and must-eat signature street food.

Embark on this epic music adventure and learn more about the Windrush generation, David Bowie and South London gentrification. Finish the tour by visiting the Dogstar, Phonox, and Electric Avenue to cap off this cultural tour in one of the World’s most important neighbourhoods in the music scene.

Welcome to Brixton, a relatively new neighbourhood in South London. There are no traces of people living here until around 200 years ago. Since then, it has of course become an iconic music destination where different styles were either born or developed here: from Reggae to Punk, and now modern-day rap and electronic music.

Visit Windrush Square as we cover Brixton’s transformation in the mid-20th century. The Windrush was a boat bringing hundreds of immigrants from the West Indies, particularly Jamaica, in 1948. Many of these people were put in temporary accommodation in Brixton and so Jamaican and Afro-Caribbean culture became a big part of Brixton’s identity.

Head down to the famous Brixton venue Dogstar, which opened in 1995 making it London’s first DJ bar. They also hold art shows, live music, comedy nights and market stalls so you can listen to music while you look around. It’s a quirky and friendly place spread over 3 floors, and it’s hosted artists like the prodigy, massive attack and grandmaster flash.

Rock down to Electric Avenue! Built in the 1880s as a Victorian shopping centre and was the first market street in the UK to be lit with electricity. It is now famous for the Eddy Grant song which was written after the 1981 Brixton riots. Eddy wanted to raise awareness of the issues that caused it – poverty and racism, including from the police.

Pay tribute to the late David Bowie as this David Bowie mural right opposite Brixton Tube Station. Hear the story behind this iconic artist and how he became a symbol for British music. You can find heartfelt messages on the wall. You’ll also visit David Bowie’s birthplace later in the tour

Visit the legendary clubbing venue Phonox. This venue plays a lot of house, techno and disco, but it has a real mixture, with some stuff like afrobeats, hip hop and sometimes live bands. HAAi is the resident DJ, but they have other temporary residents, and have had DJ’s like Bicep, Ben Ufo and Romare often visiting.

Stand outside Brixton Academy as we hear more about this neighbourhood’s tumultuous past, from controversial rave laws to race riots. What’s clear is that none of these riots were one-off events. They were often a culmination of things that made people feel targeted and unheard such as humiliating stop-and-search policing by aggressive police officers, often using racist language.

Stop by the Brixton Bowls to hear all about the Stockwell Skatepark community and how skateboarding still defines many London neighbourhoods to this day. Finally, head down to the Hall of Fame - one of Brixton’s most famous graffiti spots. Learn more about the culture of Street Art and how this place has become a symbol for many Brixton residents.

The Vidi Guides experience is enriched with on-screen photos and videos. We also point out where to take the perfect Instagram photos during the tour, and include recommendations for food, drinks, and local attractions. Don't worry, none of our recommendations are sponsored - they are simply favourites of the locals who helped craft the experience.

What’s included?

  • Access to your self-guided audio tour

  • Audio tour provided by a local or historian

  • Offline Mode: Download tours in advance to listen without WiFi

  • Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy sites, without getting lost

  • Instagram Hotspots: We find the spot for your perfect picture

  • Earphones

  • Mobile device

Things to know

Before you book

  • This product is suitable for all ages

  • Do it at your own pace. This product is suitable for all fitness levels

  • English speaking Audio guide only

Before you go

  • You will need to bring your own mobile phone

  • You will need to bring your own headset/earphones

Covid Policy

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

This is a covid safe tour. Socially distance from other visitors to Brixton with your independent, self-guided tour!

Cancellation Policy

    Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

About operator:

Too many people visit places without discovering anything about them. And we can’t let that happen.

We believe that the true essence of travelling lies in the joy of discovering the authentic face of cities, neighbourhood and cultural sites, and unlocking the many tales they hold.

With that spirit in our hearts, we started out in search of these stories hidden in the nooks and corners of Paris, London, Cambridge and Oxford's most iconic spots. We then dived into each place’s culture, history, and traditions by collaborating with historians, famous architects, photographers, street artists, and many more. What we ended up finding was a treasure trove of stories that we have meticulously tied together just for you!

But how to deliver this information? We didn’t want to create another Wikipedia, with people looking at their phones instead of the sites. And let’s face it, audioguides and headsets belong to the 20th century.. This is why we’ve created our own storytelling format. Podcast-style tours, enriched with photos and videos, that keep you wanting more.

Our goal is to create a form of travel that will make you truly discover the places you visit.