Peckham area guide

The best restaurants, bars, pubs, cafés, shops and things to do in Peckham

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‘Is Peckham the new Shoreditch? The correct answer, of course, is ‘who cares? You just have to spend a day in the area to see how much it’s got to offer. Highlights include a bargain cinema, Thai street food, one of the best clubs in London and an incredibly tantalizing chocolate shop. There's plenty more besides, like the annual Jam on Rye Festival, where you can demolish glorious treats alongside some even sweeter beats. So put the hype to one side and get to know our favourite places in the neighbourhood.

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Restaurants in Peckham

Begging Bowl
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Begging Bowl

Thai street food with an interesting selection of unusual stir-fries, salads, curries and grilled dishes.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Peckham Bazaar
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Peckham Bazaar

A ‘pan-Balkan’ part-time pop-up in Peckham has become a must-go place to eat - just check it'll be open before you visit.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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No 67
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No 67

A bright, soaring space, with lovely food offered at good value. Impressive on all fronts. (Special offer available!)

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Peckham Refreshment Rooms
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Peckham Refreshment Rooms

A little slice of Barcelona has landed in Peckham – a slick, pared-down, friendly little tapas bar where you might swig a quick beer or down a carafe of wine and grab some tasty snacks before (or after) a big night out. With raw plaster walls, scruffy poured concrete floor and a big slab of glossy burgundy MDF for a bar, its cheap and cheerful vibe belies the speed at which you can rattle through 50 quid on the little platters of pan-European nibbles. The basic menu consists of Spanish cheeses, meats and snacks, with a few interesting southern European dishes. More enticing is the list of daily-changing seasonal specials, such as an exquisite dandelion, broad bean and goat’s cheese salad; spears of lemon and butter-drenched asparagus with a heavenly curd dip; some tasty (though marginally overcooked) king prawns with garlic and tangy chorizo; and a skewer of monkfish served with divine saffron potatoes and a sprinkling of shrimps and clams. Puddings – a densely delicious pot au chocolat, and a dreamy lemon posset served with a crumbling disc of shortbread – were a resounding success, as was the friendly and attentive service. The restaurant opens for coffees and croissants at 7am on weekdays and closes at 1am at the weekend. The hipness quota really cranks up in the evening, attracting Peckham’s edgy art scene/boho crowd. Reviewed by Veronica Simpson

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Peckham highlights

CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building)
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CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building)

One of the many sources of Peckham pride, this incredible post-industrial building is simply one of London's best venues

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4 out of 5 stars
South London Gallery
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South London Gallery

On this site for over a century, the SLG became one of the main showcases for the emerging Young British Artists in the 1990s 

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
PeckhamPlex

PeckhamPlex

Few cinemas evoke quite as much misty-eyed fondness among South London film fans as the PeckhamPlex 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Peckham Farmers Market
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Peckham Farmers Market

Serving the residents of Peckham, Dulwich and Camberwell for 14 years is FARMA certified

Bars in Peckham

Frank's Cafe
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Frank's Cafe

Please note, Frank's Café re-opens on Friday May 18, 2018, with a brand-new look for the summer. Time Out Editors. Londoners continue to make the annual pilgrimage to this Peckham multi-storey car park for a Campari at Frank’s. Open until late September, the summer pop–up plays host to hundreds who mob a bar that, after a few years of notably festival-like service, seems to have upped its game this year.  For 2015, artist Richard Wentworth has covered Frank’s tarmac floor with wiggly aluminium paint akin to a glittering snail trail. The bar’s striking red tarpaulin cover and those sunset views (showcasing a London panorama) are plastered across social media as soon as temperatures soar. The crowd remains largely the same (you’ll spy plenty of denim cut-offs), although all walks of life make the trip to tick Frank’s off their London bucket list. Even when the capital hit record temperatures we were able to gain early entry with minimal fuss. Much later than 7pm though and we’d have faced a one-in-one-out door policy. While the bar  seems speedier than before, there’s no easy way to get a meal or snacks on warm days as the small kitchen strains under the pressure. It's a shame, since the new menu of enticing kebabs, grilled fish and side dishes wouldn’t go amiss in a Shoreditch small plates restaurant.   Italian cocktails are at the height of trendy too, ideal when cooling off in the heat. Rather than knocking back a sloppily-made negroni (£6), stick with drinks that are ea

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Peckham Springs Bar
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Peckham Springs Bar

The majority of the regulars at this hip-as-you-like Peckham night spot will be too young to have seen the episode of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ from which Peckham Springs takes its name, but a missed reference certainly isn’t stifling the vibes. Perhaps it’s because, unlike in Del Boy’s tapwater scam, nothing’s being watered down here: drinks are good and strong, with a focus on classic blends and little in the way of showy flourishes. It’s all keenly priced, too – £6-£7 for the ten or so house drinks (including the ubiquitous Aperol spritz and a bracing old fashioned), £8 for the more complex specials of which the ultra-refreshing Liquid Summer (Aperol, gin, fresh orange, elderflower liqueur, fresh lime, sugar) is the clear standout.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Beer Rebellion
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Beer Rebellion

There were fears that the recent closure of Penge’s Late Knights Brewery might spell the end for this rough-hewn boozer, under whose ownership it’s been since opening in 2014. Thankfully, the only effect it seems to have had is the absence of Late Knights beer on the bar, which, with the greatest of respect, is no huge loss. Instead, across the 16 taps (six cask and 10 keg) you’ll find grog from south London regulars Fourpure, Siren and Gipsy Hill, plus some revered breweries from further afield in the UK; expect the likes of Arbor Ales, Magic Rock and Bristol Beer Factory. Wise to the calibre of beer geekery that exists in Peckham these days, glasses of all shapes and sizes are neatly stacked up on a set of shelves to the right of the bar, and you’re invited to pick your own receptacle before ordering. So if you’ve always wanted to drink a 10% ABV imperial stout out of a dimpled pint glass, now you can (you maniac). As well as the familiar scuffed up furniture within, there’s a decent sized seating area out front. Be warned, though – plenty of Peckhamites still prefer their booze out of a brown paper bag, and Beer Rebellion’s staff seem to have given up trying to kick them off their picnic tables. For wintery months, though, this remains hot hunting ground for fans of great beer. So while the closure of a London brewery is always a terrible thing, there’s at least a silver lining for Queens Road drinkers.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Bar Story
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Bar Story

Enjoy cocktails (two-for-one between 6-7pm) and stonebaked pizza beneath a railway arch at this popular spot. (A separate bar, Peckham Springs, is hidden behind.)

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4 out of 5 stars
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The perfect weekend in Peckham

Drink and play: The Four Quarters
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Drink and play: The Four Quarters

Venue says: “Arcade in London!”

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5 out of 5 stars
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Buy: Rye Wax
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Buy: Rye Wax

Sift through vinyl at an excellently stock record shop, bar and music space

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5 out of 5 stars
Drink: Brick Brewery
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Drink: Brick Brewery

Get your craft on on at this fine microbrewery that also hosts events

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5 out of 5 stars
Dance: CLF Art Cafe
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Dance: CLF Art Cafe

Soak up premium beats and bass at a multi-floored nightlife hotspot

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4 out of 5 stars

Pubs in Peckham

John the Unicorn
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John the Unicorn

The arrival of a whimsically named bar serving craft beer in the middle of Rye Lane – the noisy epicentre of SE15’s African immigrant community – was always going to cause a stink. While similarly hip hangouts have arrived discreetly on side-streets off the main drag, John the Unicorn passes on subtlety, its metre-high signage doing nothing to play down its undeniably irritating name. It’s little wonder windows were smashed and anti-gentrification graffiti daubed before the place even opened. Context considered, it’s surprising to discover that, inside, JTU isn’t the nightmarish hipster utopia it might have been. The tiled walls are quaintly knackered and the furniture is all fire-sale chic, of course (this is an Antic pub, after all), but beyond a few lightboxes of multi-coloured geodes hanging on the wall, there’s mercifully little of the overbearing theming of nearby Antic ventures like Knowles of Norwood or the Sylvan Post. What it does have is space – two floors of it, with a third to come – neatly divvied up into quieter nooks and DJ-facing benches. With a late licence (open until 1am on Fridays and Saturday) and a Turkish restaurant opposite, this is clearly pitched as Big Night Out territory. A handful of mainstream brews aside, London beers rule the bar, with Orbit (Kennington) Five Points (Hackney) and Gosnell’s Mead (literally round the corner) on keg and The Kernel, Beavertown and Brew By Numbers in bottles. Cocktails are all eight quid, wine starts at £14.95 a

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Prince of Peckham
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Prince of Peckham

From the outside, the Prince of Peckham comes across a bit shouty. ‘WELCOME TO PECKHAM’ is written in ginormous, spotlit letters above the entrance, announcing to passers-by that this pub has arrived in London’s trendiest neighbourhood. Inside, things are more understated, a dim chandelier over the bar and a couple of plump sofas just inside the door giving the place a comfortable, lived-in feel that other boozers spend years trying to create. On a quiet night midweek, it’s a great place to settle in with a couple of pints and a board game. But don’t expect it to be that sleepy all the time: a packed schedule of events including open mic nights, dance classes and disco yoga (yes, really) mean the place gets plenty more lively. It’s all part of the pub’s aim to provide a platform for local creatives to do their thing. Whatever you’re there for, make sure you arrive with an empty stomach. The kitchen plays host to Street Feast favourites White Men Can’t Jerk, and these guys make the finest chicken wings you’ll probably ever eat. Doused in Red Stripe and buttermilk then finished with an addictive honey-and-chilli glaze, they’re absolutely killer. Save space for a plate of fries too – they come with a generous dusting of jerk salt and mayo that somehow makes them taste like a posh Maccy D’s. The Prince of Peckham pulls off all this without looking like it’s trying too hard, and that’s probably the most charming thing about it. While other new joints in up-and-coming neighbourh

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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Victoria Inn
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Victoria Inn

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 recently undergone a slick refurb: exterior lick of paint, new logo and general spruce-up inside (Farrow & Ball colour scheme, old photos of nearby Rye Lane… the usual). What was once the rickety sort-of dining room now has low lighting, rather nice antiquey furniture and table service. Basically, it has leapt headlong into gastropub territory. Of course, all that’s worth zip if the food is crap. Luckily, it’s not. More than that, it’s extremely good. House bread was a mini loaf, more of a chewy soda bread than sourdough, served warm with a craggy crust. Smart stuff. A starter proper of home-cured beef, in chunky cubes rather than bresaola-style strips, was excellent, served with little half-discs of artichoke and blobs of truffle emulsion. It was earthy and funky, and I’d have happily wolfed the lot had I not been in polite company. For mains, a burger topped with rarebit and Bovril mayonnaise (an award, somewhere, should be created for that) was utterly killer. I’d go so far as to say it was one of London’s best. And in a city with wall-to-wall steamed brioche and hot meat, that’s no small praise. Finally, an artful plate of roast cauliflower: not a whole blackened brassica but a scattering of charred florets playing second fiddle to a cheesy slab of root veg dauphinoise. It was hearty enough, but cou

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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The Hope
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The Hope

The Antic pub company does a strong line in characterful, pubby bars such as The Dogstar in Brixton and the Balham Bowls Club. But The Hope is the company’s first purpose-built pub, which is itself a real rarity in London.   Looking at The Hope’s rambling interior, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s been around for ages. The reclaimed parquet flooring took a battering somewhere or other, and chintzy lampshades, jam-packed bookshelves and high-gloss wallpaper complete the retro hotchpotch effect. The drinks lineup is dominated by local brews. Rotating draught bitters run from Sir Thomas Gardyner from Peckham’s Brick, to Old Smoke (a collaboration between Tooting’s By The Horns and London tea company Joe’s). Bottles include a mead from Gosnells, based in Peckham. The only thing missing is a decent kitchen. But that gap’s being plugged for now by street-food residencies. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Victoria Inn
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Victoria Inn

The Victoria Inn is an imposing pile of a pub on Peckham’s yummy-mummy ground zero

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Church Street Hotel

Church Street Hotel

Craftsman José Raido is behind this attractive and original family-run hotel, near Camberwell Green

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Tulse Hill Hotel
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Tulse Hill Hotel

A gastropub with handsome yet laidback decor (heritage paints, bare tables, oversized chandeliers)

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Peckham Rooms Hotel

Peckham Rooms Hotel

Located in London, 3.6 km from Tower Bridge, Peckham Rooms Hotel features a garden

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Peckham Levels
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Peckham Levels

 

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5 out of 5 stars
The Ivy House
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The Ivy House

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'.  

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Cut Throat
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Cut Throat

Back where I’m from, a long-haired urchin like me would often be treated to a cry of ‘Cut your hair!’ from a passing Ford Fiesta. With the arrival of Cut Throat in my adopted home of Peckham, the drive-by style advisors have finally got their way. It’s a cosy white cube of a hairdressers, with just four seats. Reassuringly, on my visit, the other two customers were equally tentative (‘Can you do something… to my beard? NOTHING WEIRD!’) but the staff coaxed vague requirements and excellent styles out of all of us. I was treated to fancy pomade which I was assured was vegan – good to know as until now I’ve been using bacon fat. A full menu of shaves, trims and cuts are on offer (£10-£35).

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5 out of 5 stars
Made of Dough
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Made of Dough

In place of the late Peckham pizzeria Beautiful Pizza Boy comes Made of Dough, the first bricks ’n’ mortar spot for a trendy street food stall. Interiors are airy, with a stylish marble bar: it’s basically the old joint given a few moody licks of paint, but lovely nonetheless. Bellissimo. The food was all excellent. The pizza dough was blistered, chewy and very well-proved. It was as fine a Neopolitan-style sourdough base as I’ve had in London. Topped with very good Brindisa chorizo, warm piquillo peppers, sweet San Marzano toms and fior di latte – it was tangy, fresh and humming with the sausage’s piquant paprika heat. Better still was the merguez. Strewn with lamb sausage from Flock & Herd butchers across the road, red onion, shredded cavolo nero and yet more fior di latte, it’s set to become a go-to classic pizza round these parts. One grumble: the lack of plates. My side salad (a fresh pile of cavolo nero and pomegranate) was served on a piece of paper. That might be okay for slices of salchichón salami or olives, but it’s a bizarre, impractical affectation too far when you’re chasing pomegranate seeds round the table with your fork. Please! PLATES. But doing just milkshakes for pud is a good idea: my biscotti and tiramisu number, naughtied up with a shot of Kahlúa, was a deliciously infantilising way to bow out. Go spend your hard-earned dough on this well-made, erm, dough.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
3 out of 5 stars
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Comments

8 comments
Emalena O

The Dolls House Peckham on Clayton road is a must visit! The bar is beautiful, the cocktails amazing and the restaurant serves up a tasty selection of British Classics! Their staff are great, I went to the one Islington a while back and am so pleased they have come to Peckham. 

Alice A

ALI BABA JUICE on rye lane 

Tim G

A few more pins to drop in the area: Cafe Viva (Choumert Rd), Cool Cats Cafe (Southampton Way), Park Life Cafe (Burgess Park) Cinnamon Tree Bakery (Peckham High St) PeckhamPlex (£5 cinema, all day, every day? Yes, please) Five-star Jerk Chicken (with a grand rating of 1 by the hygiene office) ...That crappy old pub near the Morrison's car park...

kate heaps

The beautiful Nunhead cemetery should surely be in your review, offering overgrown woodland, a place for reflecting on life, death and everything in between, offering respite from the business of Rye Lane. With cemetery tours on offer at weekend's and a fantastic cemetery open day where London's Goths go to town in May.

Larrikin Mills

Peckham Market is on every Sunday at Bar Story - it's the perfect hipster one-stop shop for quirky products from local traders and designers including "Made in Peckham" homewares and clothing. Not a cupcake or homemade bunting to be spotted in this market, no thanks!

becca moore

You missed rye lane - where you can buy food from every land and there's always a poster advertising fresh peruvian hair which intrigues me Also the Dish and Spoon Cafe, the new Cinnamon Bakery and the coffee van in front of Peckham library. Review book shop is great too And just across the ry Nunhead goes from strength to strength with Papa Bear, Bambuni,Sopers and The Old Nun's head I am proud to have lived in SE15 for ten years- Long live Peckham.

C.

Thanks Time Out, fantastic job at aiding the speed of gentrification in the area!