Venture into South London and you might find yourself spending a wacky looking £10 with David Bowie printed on it. It's called the Brixton Pound and it's not just a genius idea for the local community but also the coolest and most unusual souvenir from London that you could take home!
The currency supports local businesses and encourages trade in the area, strengthening the chic urban pride of Brixton, a London neighbourhood favourite with locals. Spend it to receive great discounts, and once you're done spending, keep a note as a unique reminder of Brixton and the legends that lived there!
Meet the Brixton Pound:
Len Garrison, Educationalist and Historian - Garrison made his mark in Brixton by introducing the first African and Caribbean education packs at Dick Shepherd School, a tool that went on to be used all over the country as the education of black history grew.
Luol Deng, NBA All-Star - Luol Deng emigrated to Brixton as a child. Whilst living in South London, he played for the Brixton Basketball Club. Luol has gone on to become one of the most successful players in the NBA, representing the Chicago Bulls, The Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and The Los Angeles Lakers - where he continues to play today.
David Bowie, Musician - Born and bred in Brixton , David Bowie transformed the world of music and heavily influenced popular culture. Since his death, he has become immortalised in Brixton as a mural of his best known persona Ziggy Stardust shines brightly as a newly listed piece of street-art by the council to ensure its long-lasted protection.
Violette Szabo, WW2 Special Operations Executive Agent - French-born Violette Szabo lived in Brixton as an eleven-year-old girl in 1932. During WW2 Szabo became a Special Operations Executive Agent. After completing one successful mission in France, she died a war hero at the hands of the Nazi's in 1945.
The Fifth Anniversary £5 note - Jeremy Deller designed the beautiful multi-coloured note, which sees a thought-provoking quote from Karl Marx printed on the flip-side - ‘Capital is money, capital is commodities… By virtue of being valued, it has acquired the occult ability to give value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.’
To get involved with the B£, head to Market Row and you’ll find the world’s first local currency cash machine. For more info, visit the website at www.brixtonpound.org. All images provided by www.brixtonpound.org