CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building)

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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)
Address: 133 Rye Lane
SE15 4ST
Transport: Peckham Rye Overground

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  • Until Saturday August 1 2015
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  • Sunday August 30 2015 - Monday August 31 2015
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Pauline Williams

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!

Basil Pesto

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.