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Spain has arrived in SW9 by way of Seven at Brixton, a cocktail and tapas bar in the heart of Market Row.

Seven can be anything you want it to be, serving up Spanish breakfasts from 9am (think spicy pimentón eggs and chorizo bacon) and turning into a lively bar in the evenings, bang on trend with mismatched furniture, artisan cocktails and a laid back, comfortable vibe.

The Drinks

Seven is famous for its cocktails, and at just £5 a pop, you can afford to try a few.

Order a classic with a twist, like the zingy basil and ginger mojito, or indulge in a devilishly decadent crème brûlée martini with rye butterscotch, chocolate and frangelico liqueur.

There is always a Brixton themed cocktail for the adventurous- this season try ‘from Brooklyn to Brixton’ by way of gin, apricot, apple and lime on crushed ice, a slush puppy for grownups.

A mind boggling range of Spanish beers, wines and of course cava complete the drinks menu.

The Food

Seven serves up Spanish delicacies from Basque pintxos, like sherry soaked figs on blue cheese, to Catalan escalivada (roasted peppers, aubergine and onions), and hearty platters featuring cheese, jamón and chorizo.

Caramelised aubergine was baked to melting perfection with chilli, garlic and unexpected mint, while carnivores can sink their teeth into a sharing platter of fragrant jamón ibérico and sweet paprika-flecked chorizo, served with a warm heap of fresh, flour-dusted bread.

The patatas bravas are Spanish potato perfection: fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, with generous helpings of garlicky aioli and spicy brava sauce.

Finish off with a Galician tarta de Santiago in all its buttery, almondy glory, or cinnamon sprinkled churros con chocolate.

The Space

Seven is packed with intriguing detail and irresistible touches of charm.

The luggage tag shaped drinks menu pays homage to the building’s previous life as a suitcase shop, while a ten foot salvaged church pew along one wall makes an unusual seat.

Three upstairs ‘artspaces’ showcase local artists, so revellers can feast their eyes as well as their stomachs. From street art to retro kitsch and colourful lithographs, these must be some of the most original bar spaces in London.

Reasonable prices and tasty fare at Seven draw in an eclectic crowd from far and wide. A winning combination of great food and a great atmosphere means this slice of Spain will be served up in Brixton for a long time. ¡Olé!

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