Close to Brixton (famous in London to be a not-so-nice place) there is a really pleasant area: Clapham. Certainly it's not a tourist quarter, but it looks quite respectable and if you are searching for a good and cheap area where to live this is definitely a place I would look at. Moreover it's full of cool bars and pubs. Yesterday I had a little walk there and I had the pleasure to enjoy the small park, some nice shops and an apricot cake in a really nice place called Esca. Here you can eat every kind of delicatessen from cakes to paella, as well as buy packed food. The room is really welcoming: wooden floors, showcases full of food and big tables to share always supplied of sugar, jam and huge butter cubes.
Even the bag of the girl sat next to me was nice (the one that you can see in the picture above). I managed to see the brand: fat face.