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LP Bar

Ian Skelton
© Ian Skelton
© Ian Skelton

If you’re a coolhunter who’s heard that SE14 is the latest London district to take up the ‘new Shoreditch’ baton, you could easily be convinced soon after stepping off the Overground. The area around New Cross Road and Lewisham Way are busy enough with bars and restaurants to make it look like the New New Thing – Little Nan’s, the Royal Albert, No 178, and the London Particular café. Next door to that dinky café is LP Bar, open for coffee and cake during the day, drinks in the evening.

LP Bar is fitted out with a ’60s and ’70s jetset theme, from the groovy winged logo to the departures-board menu, the airline seats and even a bit of fuselage on the wall. Students from nearby Goldsmiths College tuck into simple but accomplished cocktails like the SE Sour (gin, lemon, egg white, Mancino Rosso) or the Lost in Manhattan (tequila, sherry, Kamm & Sons, both £8). Along with the London beers and Borough wines, it’s a far cry from a snakebite in the union. The snacks are equally grown-up, such as sweet potato crisps or slow-baked onion with sourdough.

LP Bar’s the sort of place that should thrive in New Cross, where rents are relatively cheap, and the locals like to support a bit of homespun endeavour. Get on board before departure.

Venue name: LP Bar
Address: 401 New Cross Rd
SE14 6LA
Opening hours: 8am-5pm Mon, 8am-11pm Tues-Thu; 8am-midnight Fri; 10am-midnight Sat; 10am-11pm Sun.
Transport: Rail/Overground: New Cross
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