A guide to free wi-fi hotspots in Brixton – locations, updates, tips

Free wi-fi in Brixton - locations, updates, tips

Getting connected to free wi-fi used to be quite a challenge around Brixton, but with loads more businesses offering free hotspots, you’re rarely far from a freebie network.

We’ve compiled a list of places we’ve found around SW9 and SW2 currently offering free wi-fi, but if we’ve missed any, please add the details in the comments box below or post on the urban75 thread, and we’ll update the guide.

Free wi-fi in Brixton - locations, updates, tips

The biggest providers around town are The Cloud and the BT Wi-Fi networks, who manage to cover most of central Brixton.

We tend to use The Cloud quite a lot as it’s free and widely available. It costs nothing to sign up to their service and after that  you can connect wherever you find their signal.

Free wi-fi in Brixton - locations, updates, tips

BT can be found all over town too, but unless you have a broadband/mobile account with them, you’ll have to pay access fees.

Click here for more info about BT’s pricing, which starts at £5.99 for 90 mins up to £39 for 30 days.

Central Brixton

Brixton Library
Brixton Oval SW2 1JQ
Free wi-fi available – more info here.

Brixton tube station/underground
The freebie wi-fi deal from Virgin Media ran out in Jan 2013, so if you want a free connection you need to be a customer of EE, Vodafone, Three or Virgin – or you’ll have to shell out £2/day,  £5/week or £15/month – but this will give you access to all the wi-fi enabled tue stations across the London Underground network. Read more here.

Other Brixton wi-fi hotspots

Beehive
Brixton Road
Free wi-fi access via the all-conquering Cloud network.

Café Le Euro
Unit 1, Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 1BZ
Free wi-fi

Caffe Nero
Upstairs at Morleys, Brixton Road SW9
Free and reliable connection via The Cloud, log in required before use
Power sockets: yes

Costa
Brixton Road (opposite tube station)
Free wi-fi available

Dogstar
Coldharbour Lane, SW9
Free connection via The Cloud, log in required before use

Kaff
68 Atlantic Rd  London SW9 8PY
Free wi-fi available, reliable connection
Power sockets: yes

KFC
Corner of Coldharbour Lane and Brixton Road
Free wi-fi via the Cloud.

Lounge
Atlantic Road SW9
Free and reliable, ask for password from counter
Power sockets: yes

Market House
Coldharbour Lane SW9
Free wi-fi available.

McDonalds
Brixton Road, junction of Acre Lane.
Free wi-fi with O2.

Prince Albert
418 Coldharbour Lane SW9
Free and generally reliable. Free access via The Cloud
Power sockets: yes

The Lambeth/Prince Of Wales,
469 Brixton Road (corner of Coldharbour Lane)
Bar purchase needed for 45 mins free access
Power sockets: yes

Ritzy Cafe Bar
Brixton Oval SW2
Free, but flaky at times, no password needed.
Power sockets: none

San Marino
413 Brixton Road, SW9 7DG
Free wi-fi

Starbucks
By Brixton tube station
Free while you drink deeply average coffee

Trinity Arms
45, Trinity Square, SW9 8DR
Free

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Brixton Village/Granville Arcade

We haven’t found any reliable free wi-fi covering all of the Village, with wi-fi networks coming and going like the froth on a Federation cappuccino on a windy day.

Several units do offer free wi-fi though, so your best bet is to ask before settling down. We’ve usually managed to hook up to an open network, but not always successfully.

Market Row

It’s much the same story in Market Row, although we know that both Seven and the Breadroom have free wi-fi. As ever, it’s best to ask around before settling down with a coffee and a pile of online work to be getting on with.

Out of central Brixton

There’s too many locations to list, but our favourites are The Grosvenor, Sidney Street SW9 (free wifi, but you need to ask for the password), the Windmill (ditto) on Bleinheim Gardens, and you can also find free wi-fi at Negrill and the White Horse on Brixton Hill, at Cafe Le Euro (Unit 1, Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, SW2 1BZ) and free Cloud wi-fi at the Elm Park Tavern, SW2 2UB.

If you like to surf while enjoying some of the finest ales in Brixton, the Crown & Anchor on Brixton Road also has free wi-fi, but you have to ask behind the bar for the all-important password.

Recommended wi-fi apps
Android – Wi-Fi Finder 
iOS  –Wi-Fi Finder 

Tips
How to connect to Wi-fi (Apple)
How to connect to wi-fi (general)
MoneySaving guide to wi-fi

More: Discuss Brixton wi-fi connections on the urban75 thread (60+ posts).

Also: Having mobile phone reception problems in Brixton? Check your network status here