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Bussey Building

So you've never been to... Bussey Building?

Everything you need to know about the cultural hub in Peckham

By Marcus Barnes

In a nutshell…
It’s a massive old warehouse slap-bang in the middle of Peckham that has become a cultural hub – hosting live gigs, full-on raves, theatre shows and film screenings.

Where is it?
It’s within spitting distance of Peckham Rye station. Walk out of the station on to the high street, take a right under the railway bridge and you’re there. It’s serviced by two of London’s main stations, Victoria and London Bridge, as well as the trusty Overground. Perfick.

What’s the vibe?
It depends on the night, but parties are generally on the young side, expect a fair amount of switched-on peeps in their early twenties. But it really does vary from night to night: The South London Soul Train brings in a slightly older crowd, for example as does Rhythm Section, which just moved there.

What makes it a great venue?
Bussey’s owners clearly revel in being able to provide this kind of space. With that in mind there’s always a wonderful air of mutual respect between patrons and the venue staff. It’s also multi-level, which is always good for a bit of exploring, plus the soundsystem is on point and there’s the CLF Art Café, The Nines bar and restaurant and Rye Wax record store and café, all in the same complex. They all host their own events, too.

What’s the booze situation?
Drinks prices are about average for London (single mixers from £6, beers £5.50), so if you fancy a big one then make sure you’ve got a wallet full of notes.

Finally: what happens to the coats left in the cloakroom?
They’re kept for a maximum of three months before they get donated to local homeless charity Shelter from the Storm.

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