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Peckham pubs

There are plenty of brilliant boozers in SE15, from smart gastropubs to pubs fit for a session from afternoon to evening

By Laura Richards
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From perfect pubs near Peckham Rye with outdoor spaces to rival the green, to boozers down the backstreets of Peckham that work from afternoon right through to evening, there’s something for every session in SE15. Discover places championing craft beer, fairly smart gastropubs and establishments that were made for partying as only Peckhamites know how.

RECOMMENDED: Find more fun in the neighbourhood in our Peckham area guide

The best pubs in Peckham

The Hope

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Peckham

Looking at The Hope’s rambling interior, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s been around for ages, from reclaimed parquet flooring to chintzy lampshades. But it’s a modern-day Antic pub. The drinks lineup is dominated by local brews. A sign of the upmarket times in Peckham, The Hope offers a menu of small plates from its kitchen. 

John the Unicorn

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Peckham

Another Antic pub, this time on Rye Lane, John the Unicorn is a whimsically named bar serving craft beer. It’s little wonder windows were smashed and anti-gentrification graffiti daubed before the place even opened. But inside, JTU isn’t a nightmarish hipster utopia and there’s little in the way of overbearing theming. London beers rule the bar, while cocktails are around eight quid.

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The Montpelier

Bars and pubs Peckham

Down a subdued backstreet near Peckham Rye station, The Montpelier continues to be a favourite with locals for laidback sessions, catch-ups over affordable wine and beer and grazing through happy pub grub. There’s a friendly terrace to the front of the pub and booth tables indoors for larger groups. Occasional DJ sets and cinema clubs keep things suitably SE15.

Old Nun's Head

3 out of 5 stars
Comedy Gastropubs Nunhead

Drinkers and diners are both happy at this brick and timber 1930s boozer. The former get a sterling selection of cask and craft ales, plus cocktails and an acceptable wine list. The latter get a menu that changes daily, depending on the pop-up kitchen. There’s plenty of seating: at large wooden tables next to the central bar, in the back garden and in the front yard facing Nunhead Green.

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Prince of Peckham

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Peckham

The Prince of Peckham is an understated favourite, with a comfortable, lived-in feel that other boozers spend years trying to create. It’s a great place to settle in with a couple of pints and a board game. But don’t expect it to be sleepy all the time: a packed schedule of events includes open mic nights, dance classes and disco yoga (yes, really). 

The Rye

Bars and pubs Peckham

Another perfectly decent pub from the Metropolitan Pub Company, you'll find The Rye serving up satisfying pub food and a good selection of drinks, including some unusual biodynamic wines. But for locals, the biggest draw is the spacious beer garden, which is a fine place to spend a sunny afternoon with friends. There's even a sandy strip where you can play a game of pétanque.

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Victoria Inn

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Gastropubs Peckham

The Victoria Inn – an imposing pile of a pub on Peckham’s yummy-mummy ground zero – has long been popular for its late opening hours, spacious bar and decent beer list. It’s leapt into gastropub territory and the food is really impressive. But it also remains a beer lover’s haven with ales aplenty to consider.

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The White Horse

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Peckham

The team behind the Montpelier on nearby Choumert Road have taken on this honest cockney boozer and the decor has remained faithful to the past. The pool table and dartboard have even survived the transition. Weekend entertainment comes from DJs and away from the browner-than-brown interior, the patio to the front is a golden spot for summer months.

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