The Windmill, Brixton

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The Windmill
Windmill, Brixton Hill, SW2 (3151353450).jpg
The Windmill
Location Brixton, London, England
Coordinates 51°27′14″N 0°07′19″W / 51.45383°N 0.12191°W / 51.45383; -0.12191Coordinates: 51°27′14″N 0°07′19″W / 51.45383°N 0.12191°W / 51.45383; -0.12191
Opened 1990s

The Windmill is a pub and live music venue in Brixton, London, England, with a reputation for championing new music.[1][2]

The pub was built in 1971 for the adjacent Blenheim Gardens housing estate and named after the neighbouring heritage site of the only lasting (and working) windmill (aka Ashby's Mill) in the London area. It went through various phases of being a bar that attracted locals, bikers, the Irish community and by the end of the 1990s it was hosting DJs, poets and the occasional live bands.[3] Around 2002 the Windmill shifted focus onto live music. Early gigs included a semi-secret double bill of Calexico and Kurt Wagner (of Lambchop) followed by a gig by The 5678s, just after they had appeared as the house band in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume 2.[3] A Rottweiler dog living on the roof of the venue (known as "Roof Dog") became the Windmill's mascot, until its death in August 2015.[4]

The Windmill was voted the third best music venue in London, in a 2012 poll in Time Out magazine,[2] and #7 by The Guardian in 2008,[5] and has been described as "one of the top-10 music venues in the U.K.".[6]


  1. ^ Taylor, Alexis (2008-02-23). "Insider's guide to London". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
  2. ^ a b "The best music venues in London: the full list". Time Out London. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The Windmill, Brixton". 5 May 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Indie band The Vaccines lead tributes to 'Roof Dog' who became unlikely mascot for Brixton pub". Evening Standard. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  5. ^ "10 top live music venues in London". The Guardian. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  6. ^ Frommer's England 2011: with Wales. Darwin Porter. 2011. p. 223. Retrieved 11 September 2014.

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