Brixton is an area of South London, England, in the London Borough of Lambeth. It is predominantly residential with a prominent street market and substantial retail sector. Brixton is a multiethnic community, with around 24 percent of Brixton’s population being of African and/or Caribbean descent, giving rise to Brixton as the unofficial capital of the British African-Caribbean community in London.
Brixton is in Inner-South London and is bordered by Stockwell, Clapham Common, Streatham, Camberwell, Tulse Hill and Herne Hill. Brixton houses the main offices of Lambeth borough council.
Brixton was the meeting place of the ancient Brixton hundred of Surrey. Brixton means `Beorthsige`s stone`, from the Old English personal name and stan "stone". The last element is not Old English tun "farm, village", despite the modern -ton ending. It was recorded as Brixiestan in 1086 in the Domesday Book. The location of the stone, at the time used as a meeting point for communities, is not known.