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Near and Far

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Peckham
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Near and Far

A tropical bar on the sixth floor of Peckham Levels.

I’m taking interior design tips from Near & Far bar, a makeshift drinking zone inside multi-storey-carpark-turned-multi-sensory-playground Peckham Levels. It’s a tropical den basking in a pink neon glow, and where you don’t spy plants springing out from corners and hanging from the ceiling, you’ll see a palm-leaf print papering the concrete walls or covering retro furniture. I’m half expecting a flamingo to peer out from behind the sofa. How have they managed to transform the sixth floor of a car park into Club Tropicana?

In the centre of it all is an island bar with a weird cocktail menu. The drinks list is laid out as a consignment form with ingredients for each drink listed under ‘import’ and ‘export’ columns to complicate your order. This laboured theme doesn’t gel with the setting, but prices fit the area with cocktails starting at £6.50 for an Emergency Brexit (vermouth, Campari, orange gin, cucumber and thyme). All classics are available upon request so I skipped the bureaucracy and asked for a manhattan, which was decent-enough, although a bit rough around the edges and missing the best part – the cherry at the end.

It was a buzzy little space, though, despite the winter chill, so I can only imagine Near & Far being a number one destination in the summer months – when Peckhamites can have a getaway without packing their passport. Good luck getting through customs, though.

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Near and Far says
The Magic Roundabout team introduce a brand-new cocktail bar to South London; Near & Far, where Peckham meets Palm Springs through quirky import/export inspired décor and cocktails. Enjoy the finest DJs, gorgeous drinks and the most incredible views of the London skyline south of the river!
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Venue name: Near and Far
Address: Level 6, Peckham Levels
95a Rye Lane
SE15 4ST
Transport: Peckham Rye Overground
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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This is the place to have at speed dial for the summer. With an amazing decoration with plenty of Instagramable little corners, it has killer cocktails paired with a sharing-friendly Mexican menu. The best? All items are gluten free and made from scratch making it not only more authentic, but also playful. Still dreaming of the chickpea chips, that has everything to be the nibble of the summer in all it's vegan glory. Watch out for the little conservatory like rooftop with simply the best view to watch Camden alternative fashion go by.


Think 70’s Tropicana meets modern urban in this quirky Peckham bar. Before coming I had expectations of it being larger but it has a big bar which is what counts! Happy hour runs until 7 weekdays which offered half price cocktails (some as low as £3.50!) and cheap wine. They have a resident DJ at 8pm who played Balearic beats When we were there. The views are lovely if you have a window seat, but obviously not as good as Franks...pity there’s no outdoor space. If you’re after food there’s a variety of appealing pop up vendors right beside. A shiny new alternative hang out in Peckham with its own disco ball.

Had THE best time for my birthday.  Booked the large table with the palm tree in the middle right by the dance floor and the dj's were next level. We will definitely be visiting again soon!!

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