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.

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Restaurants and cafés in Peckham

Begging Bowl

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

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

  1. 168 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW
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Peckham Bazaar

  • Rated as: 4/5

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.

  1. 119 Consort Road, SE15 3RU
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No 67

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

A bright, soaring space, with lovely food offered at good value. Impressive on all fronts. (Special offer available!)

  1. South London Gallery, (67 Peckham Road), SE5 8UH
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Peckham Refreshment Rooms

  • Rated as: 3/5

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

  1. 12-16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL
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Peckham bars and pubs

Gowlett

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

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

  1. 62 Gowlett Road, SE15 4HY
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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.)

  1. Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL
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Victoria Inn

  • Rated as: 3/5

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

  1. 72-79 Choumert Road, SE15 4AR
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The Montpelier

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

  1. 43 Choumert Rd , SE15 4AR
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Places to visit

Peckham Rye Park

It's not just playing fields - cross over into the heart of the park to enjoy the peaceful ornamental gardens, or pop into the Café on the Rye.

  1. Peckham Rye, SE15 4HA
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Threads

Quality vintage clothing handpicked by Tara Postma - budget options, designer items, and retro pieces for men and kids too.

  1. 186 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW
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Persepolis

Music, handicrafts, tagines, rugs and shisha pipes are stocked alongside edibles at Sally Butcher’s colourful Iranian store, an inspiration for food-lovers from the local area and beyond.

  1. 28-30 Peckham High Street, SE15 5DT
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Melange Chocolate Shop & Café

Get your fix of croissants, brownies and truffles, or take part in chocolate making workshops.

  1. 184 Bellenden Rd, SE15 4BW
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PeckhamPlex

This local independent cinema serves up the latest releases for just £4.99 a ticket.

  1. 95a Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST
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Flock & Herd

If you'd rather get in meat than sweets, this butcher comes recommended by our readers.

  1. 155 Bellenden Rd

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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Did we miss out somewhere good? Or perhaps your favourite place in Peckham deserves some extra praise. Tell us about where you love most in the comments, and a bottle of champagne (or trip to NYC!) could be yours.

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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!

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