The Ivy House

Bars and pubs, Pubs Nunhead
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(25user reviews)
The Ivy House
Scott Wishart The Ivy House, Nunhead

London’s first co-operatively owned pub, which was saved from closure by locals and now hosts live events most nights of the week.

If this pub were a film, it would be a heartwarming tale of pluck directed by Mike Leigh. In 2012, the owners gave their tenants one week’s notice to ship out after selling the property to developers. Instead of going quietly, the tenants sent out flares to the community; together, they raised £1 million to buy the pub and turn it into a cooperative. In classic British style, The Ivy House wears its stripes lightly – friendly, committed staff welcome locals of all ages for a mates-rates pint of locally brewed ale, carefully sourced pub food (including generous Sunday roasts), and events ranging from plentiful live music to yoga classes, knitting circles and kids’ dance lessons. All these good vibrations are housed in a Grade-II listed building chock-full of handsome features, from original beams and wall-to-wall wood panelling to leaded windows and an open fire. After overcoming a few 'Bleak Moments', these days The Ivy House is 'Happy Go Lucky'.


By: Nicola Arencibia


Venue name: The Ivy House
Address: 40 Stuart Road
SE15 3BE
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thurs; noon-midnight Fri-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun.
Transport: Rail: Nunhead or Brockley.
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30.
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Great selection of beers in a chilled out space with a real sense of community. What more can you ask for?

The cooperative feature makes The Ivy a real neighborhood haunt; super friendly folks; stellar pub!

It's an amazing local venue/pub and is attached to my block of flats, the staff are so welcoming and wonderful.

Cooperatively owned, great beers, great food, great staff, great shows. Can't believe our luck to live 5 minutes away.

Sometimes a bit busy but a lovely local bar, and worth investing in the co-operative spirit!

Traditional boozer, no TV, great range of entertainment, good choice of beers, excellent reasonably-priced food, friendly atmosphere

This pub is amazing! It's community owned, and genuinely lives up to the promise: it hosts music, art, community events, family events, all sorts. Great beer, nice staff and friendly clients. Minus one star for the food, which is average. If they up their food game I'll have to abandon my belief that you can't have perfection in this life.

heart of the community in 2016, great beer, wine & a fabulous range of entertainment. For the people, of the people, all with gold lamé curtains!

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Lovely community run owned pub in a residential street (which mean it pulls in a nice mixed crowd).

The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, very local crowd, lots of nice dogs. The real jewel in the crown is the function room at the back, it has a beautiful stage and often they run an eclectic array of events in there worth checking on on. Would be great for a milestone birthday or wedding reception.

The food here is good also but on a couple of visits the kitchen has been closed unexpectedly (when there have been private events etc) so it is well worth checking in via their social channels or by calling ahead, especially at the weekends.

A lovely welcoming community-owned pub with a great range of ales and other drinks, yummy food, real wood fires in the Winter and a pretty little garden out the back. Welcomes dogs and kids and has lots of events going on in the beautiful ballroom at the back with its proper stage with gold lame curtains. Definitely my favourite London pub!

Friendly, inspiring and full of variety. The perfect place to go with friends, different entertainment each night with a lovely community feel. Owned by the neighbours! Very helpful staff and a delight to visit.

Great well-kept cask conditioned ales, warm and friendly, local and welcoming, good music, at the heart of the community, and good food. All in all the best on the block.

Simply a smashing local pub, a great music venue, real ales and fantastic food - what's not to like?!!

Always a welcoming place, staff really nice, craft beer spot on and food is always a delight!

Not much to look at from the outside, but this real gem of a local boozer feels like it's dripping with history and full of character, with a beautiful stage in the back room for its regular music nights and a proper down to earth feel.


This community owned pub oozes the grit and sass that kept it alive.  It has a feel of a 1970's working men's club but the extensive selection of craft beers and ciders begs otherwise.  This all contributes to a varied crowd.  The live music is diverse boasting indie bands to folk music to gramophone sessions and there are visual throwbacks to such legendary acts that have played the stage including Dr Feelgood.  If you can face venturing a little out of Peckham then this plucky local is worth showing your support.


This is perhaps my favourite pub in London. The community owned vibe really shines through - all the staff are friendly, informative and welcoming. Sitting at the bar with a paper on a Sunday, listening to live jazz & chatting about the new beers with the barman is something you don't experience a lot in London. There's loads of great events on most days, and when not it's a fab place for lunch or dinner.

An absolute gem of a characterful pub in Nunhead, but not too far from Peckham and East Dulwich. It's got the most beautiful music hall, which always seems to host excellent music nights and has a really refreshing range of beers. It's a co-operative too, owned by the locals (and run by them) and they really use it. The toilets are a little gross, but that doesn't dent the overall feel of the place. It's quite a laid back atmosphere, relaxed, welcoming but far from being a tightly run ship (which is not necessarily a bad thing). The garden is lovely too.