Brixton Pound

The Brixton Pound

The Brixton Pound is a vital South London community organisation.

Founded in 2009 as the world’s first urban local currency, we now also run a local lottery, a grant-giving fund for local activism and a pay-as-you-feel café and community hub.

The Brixton Pound paper currency celebrates four local heroes. 

In addition to David Bowie on the B£10 note, the B£1 features Lenford (Len) Kwesi Garrison (1943 – 2003) - academic, community activist, and co-founder of the Black Cultural Archives. Garrison’s life’s work was to catalogue the development of the Black British identity and its history. He co-founded the BCA in the heart of Brixton Market, Coldharbour Lane in 1981.

Luol Deng (born 1985) is on the B£5 - professional basketball player for the GB national basketball team and the NBA’s Miami Heat. Born in South Sudan, Deng emigrated as a child and moved with his family to Brixton. There he joined England’s 15-and-under basketball team at Brixton Basketball Club, marking the beginning of his basketball career. 

On the B£20: Violette Szabo, GC, MBE (1921 – 1945) - Second World War British secret agent. Born in Paris, she moved to London with her family and attended school, and later also worked in the Bon Marché department store in Brixton. Szabo was involved in a number of dangerous missions in France during the war, depicted in the 1958 film ‘Carve Her Name with Pride’. She paid the ultimate price for her heroism.

The reverse of the notes feature various local cultural highlights, including the Stirling Prize-winning Evelyn Grace school, public art, the recently listed Brixton Rec and longstanding local co-op, Brixton Cycles.