South east London's Camberwell is an artisitc part of town, with Camberwell College of Arts luring new talent to the area. With this audience in mind, restaurants and bars are diverse to say the least and offer a whole lot more than the spread of chicken shops on the high street would lead you to believe. Take a trip to basement bars for colourful cocktails, Middle Eastern restaurants for a belly dance with your dinner or Burgess Park for a scenic stroll.
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Camberwell College of Arts
One of London's leading schools for art and design, Camberwell College of Arts attracts creative students through its doors from around the world. Members of the public can browse around free exhibitions by graduate students with all fields on display - from photography and design to the latest techniques in digital art.
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Joe's Southern Table & Bar
This kitchen and cocktail bar - previously Joe's Southern Kitchen, and before that, Navajo Joe - sits in the heart of Covent Garden in an enormous converted warehouse. The bar sweeps down the length of the double-height building and boasts one of the largest collections of tequilas, mezcals and rums in London. There's a follow up now too, in Kentish Town. The food menu promises classic Southern cooking. Expect, then, dishes such as cajun shrimp with a black bean stew, jalapeno poppers, chilli made with slow-braised beef brisket, mac 'n' cheese and blackened catfish fillet with collard greens. Wings, burgers and Big Apple hot dogs also feature. The bar downstairs, Cocktail Baby, offers house tunes alongside French martinis, mojitos, amaretto sours and cocktails with a Southern slant, like the smokey joe - Jim Beams Devil's Cut bourbon with tobacco liquor and barrel bitters.
Venue says: “Haven't tried one of our avocado buns yet? You don't know what you're missing!”