Peckham area guide

The best restaurants, bars, pubs, cafés, shops and things to do in Peckham

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'Is Peckham the new Shoreditch?' The correct answer, of course, is 'who cares?' You just have to spend a day in the area to see how much it's got to offer. Highlights include a bargain cinema, Thai street food, one of the city's best clubs, a tantalizing chocolate shop and plenty more besides. Put the hype to one side and get to know our favourite places in the neighbourhood.

Restaurants and cafés in Peckham

Restaurants

Begging Bowl

Thai street food with an interesting selection of unusual stir-fries, salads, curries and grilled dishes.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Peckham Bazaar

A ‘pan-Balkan’ part-time pop-up in Peckham has become a must-go place to eat - just check it'll be open before you visit.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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No 67

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Peckham Refreshment Rooms

A little slice of Barcelona has landed in Peckham – a slick, pared-down, friendly little tapas bar where you might swig a quick beer or down a carafe of wine and grab some tasty snacks before (or after) a big night out. With raw plaster walls, scruffy poured concrete floor and a big slab of glossy burgundy MDF for a bar, its cheap and cheerful vibe belies the speed at which you can rattle through 50 quid on the little platters of pan-European nibbles. The basic menu consists of Spanish cheeses, meats and snacks, with a few interesting southern European dishes. More enticing is the list of daily-changing seasonal specials, such as an exquisite dandelion, broad bean and goat’s cheese salad; spears of lemon and butter-drenched asparagus with a heavenly curd dip; some tasty (though marginally overcooked) king prawns with garlic and tangy chorizo; and a skewer of monkfish served with divine saffron potatoes and a sprinkling of shrimps and clams. Puddings – a densely delicious pot au chocolat, and a dreamy lemon posset served with a crumbling disc of shortbread – were a resounding success, as was the friendly and attentive service. The restaurant opens for coffees and croissants at 7am on weekdays and closes at 1am at the weekend. The hipness quota really cranks up in the evening, attracting Peckham’s edgy art scene/boho crowd. Reviewed by Veronica Simpson

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Peckham highlights

Nightlife

CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building)

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.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Art

South London Gallery

On this site for over a century, the SLG became one of the main showcases for the emerging Young British Artists in the 1990s. Still one of the capital's foremost contemporary art venues, the gallery has exhibited work by shows by established international figures such as Gilbert & George, Anselm Kiefer and Gavin Turk. The SLG also profiles the work of younger and mid-career artists, past exhibitions include Alice Channer, Ryan Gander and Oscar Murillo and group shows bring together works by established and lesser-known British and international artists. The gallery also presents integrated education projects for children, young people and adults, and an ongoing residency programme provides opportunities for artists to stay in the SLG's artists' flat.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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PeckhamPlex

Few cinemas evoke quite as much misty-eyed fondness among South London film fans as the PeckhamPlex. It ain’t fancy, and you’d struggle to describe the décor in entirely favourable terms, but this rough-around-the-edges Peckham institution, which recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary, has character and charm in spades. The only thing you really need to know about this place is that tickets are just £4.99 – or £5.99 if you want to see a film in 3D – all day, every day of the week. That’s it: no nonsense, no frills, no faff. The programme focuses on the latest big releases as well as the odd smaller film, which you can read about on the cinema’s delightfully gif-heavy blog.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars
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Shopping and style

Peckham Farmers Market

Serving the residents of Peckham, Dulwich and Camberwell for 14 years, Peckham Farmers Market is a FARMA certified weekly affair. Run by the Urban Farmers Market and offering fresh, home grown produce all under a covered roof, traders include Flour Power City Organic Bakery, Burscombe Cliffe Farm and Alham Wood Cheeses. The majority of vendors are organic, biodynamic or otherwise, and although such phrases often imply that you’ll be paying through the nose, we’re promised that all produce is fairly priced.

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Peckham bars and pubs

Bars and pubs

Gowlett

An antique wood-panelled, minimalist boozer, selling the best pizza for miles around.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Bar Story

Enjoy cocktails (two-for-one between 6-7pm) and stonebaked pizza beneath a railway arch at this popular spot. (A separate bar, Peckham Springs, is hidden behind.)

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Victoria Inn

A dolled-up pub in the posher part of Peckham, offering a broad range of beers and bar food with a twist.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The Montpelier

Enjoy a pint at the Montpelier – they have a backroom cinema, too.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Comments

6 comments
Alice A
Alice A

ALI BABA JUICE on rye lane 

Tim G
Tim G

A few more pins to drop in the area: Cafe Viva (Choumert Rd), Cool Cats Cafe (Southampton Way), Park Life Cafe (Burgess Park) Cinnamon Tree Bakery (Peckham High St) PeckhamPlex (£5 cinema, all day, every day? Yes, please) Five-star Jerk Chicken (with a grand rating of 1 by the hygiene office) ...That crappy old pub near the Morrison's car park...

kate heaps
kate heaps

The beautiful Nunhead cemetery should surely be in your review, offering overgrown woodland, a place for reflecting on life, death and everything in between, offering respite from the business of Rye Lane. With cemetery tours on offer at weekend's and a fantastic cemetery open day where London's Goths go to town in May.

Larrikin Mills
Larrikin Mills

Peckham Market is on every Sunday at Bar Story - it's the perfect hipster one-stop shop for quirky products from local traders and designers including "Made in Peckham" homewares and clothing. Not a cupcake or homemade bunting to be spotted in this market, no thanks!

becca moore
becca moore

You missed rye lane - where you can buy food from every land and there's always a poster advertising fresh peruvian hair which intrigues me Also the Dish and Spoon Cafe, the new Cinnamon Bakery and the coffee van in front of Peckham library. Review book shop is great too And just across the ry Nunhead goes from strength to strength with Papa Bear, Bambuni,Sopers and The Old Nun's head I am proud to have lived in SE15 for ten years- Long live Peckham.

C.
C.

Thanks Time Out, fantastic job at aiding the speed of gentrification in the area!