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Electric Avenue, London Overview

A 19th century market street, the Electric Avenue is known to be the first street to have been lit with electricity. Located in Brixton, it is a great shopping destination to buy electronics and gadgets such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops and such and is also immortalised by Eddy Grant’s 1982 Reggae-inspired hit single by the same name.

The place is also a market for butchers and fish sellers, and also sell products from places like Africa and Portugal.

The place goes down in history due to the infamous racially-inspired Brixton Riot of 1981 between the police and the protestors, which took place between 10th and 11th April and was called the ‘Bloody Saturday’ by the Time Magazine, leaving hundreds injured and causing loss and damage to public and personal property. 

Electric Avenue is also marred by the bombing of 1999 by a neo-Nazi bomber, David Copeland, with the purpose of sparking a racial war in Britain. Someone got suspicious and moved the bomb to a less crowded place in Electric Avenue, causing around 40 injuries.

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Underground: Brixton Underground Station (1-minute walk)

Bus Station: Brixton, Electric Lane

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