One of the many sources of Peckham pride, this incredible post-industrial building is simply one of London's best venues. Saved from demolition in 2007 by a dedicated team from community group Peckham Vision, the CLF Art Cafe (known by pretty much everyone as the Bussey Building) is multi-floored concrete block that has thrived as a warehouse-style club at night and a top arts venue during the day. Top promoters consistently bring in some of the best names on the cutting-edge, underground and alternative dance scenes, across pretty much any genre you care to name, but leaning primarily towards house, deep techno, garage and disco. The Bussey also hosts regular nights that offer more accessible sounds, including Zonk Disco and The South London Soul Train, making it one of the best venues in London for funk and soul club nights. All of which means that it's one hell of a draw the whole year round, but especially in the summer, when the roof gets thrown open for alfresco parties.
The building's theatre has links to the Royal Court and its admirable Theatre Local scheme, which helps the theatre dilute the effect of its rarefied Sloane Square address and reach out to more diverse audiences. But the multi-floored post-industrial space has become a dynamic arts centre in its own right, and now programes everything from art installations and new plays to classics and opera.
|Venue name:||CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building)||Contact:|
133 Rye Lane
|Transport:||Peckham Rye Overground|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
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Really like this venue. Went there last Friday for one of the Memory Box parties where Darren Emerson was dj'ing. The club has got a good layout and the drinks are reasonably priced. The vibe is friendly and the soundsystem is good.
This club is not a good representation of the' real peckham'.it seems as if the more hipsters the more gentrification begins,peckham is a close knit community everyone knows everyone from the people working at peckhamplex to the store holders and it also has quite a diverse group of people there African Turkish Pakistani the list goes on and on and as you can see from this picture it is only Caucasians there whereas the market place is quite full with people of all different colors
Come along to Stranger than Paradise's 10th Anniversary party joined by the Fruit Palace gang, this Sat 21st Sep @ Bussey Building, all details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/560331477359501/ Hope you can join !
The Bussey Building is a great asset to Peckham. It's a staple for culture, entrainment and just god dam good vibes. It has everything you can spend an extensive amount of time in there! I've been living in the area for 7 years and I've seen Peckham go through amazing changes. And there are definitely more amazing changes to come. I was in Peckham last night hanging out with my friends and the buzz is just electrifying! Everyone looked so him and trendy... I thought I was in Soho for a second. I ❤ Peckham...Always have... no place like it in London!
average to good. To be sure there are hundreds of worse places to go but swerve the hyperbole below that rates it as the best venue in London. Sound system is loud but the door is frequently overpriced. The bussey is often either rammed or empty.