The best of eating and drinking in Peckham
Peckham is packed with great eats these days, and some fairly high-end joints rub shoulders with the area’s budget institutions. Ramshackle but delicious backstreet BYOB Kurdish joint Yadas is a must. The jackfruit tacos at Taco Queen will change your life, and their nachos are seriously addictive. Ganapati is the place for South Indian communal dining, with a thali inspired by Gandhi’s diet, while Peckham Bazaar serves pan-Balkan delicacies on a quiet residential corner.
Peckham has got itself a serious drinking scene, from some of London’s most buzzing rooftop bars to railway arch hangouts. Don’t miss Mae J’s Café, a café/bar in an afro salon named after the first black woman in space. Basement record store Rye Wax doubles up as a cocktail bar and gig venue. And check out The CLF Art Lounge & Roof Gardens, brand new rooftop bar next to the station by the same team who’ve turned the Bussey Building into one of Peckham’s biggest draws.
It’s known for bars, but Peckham also rivals any area of London when it comes to old-school boozers. Drop in to The Peckham Pelican for the 6pm happy hour and stay for the goat’s cheese pizza. Don’t miss The Prince of Peckham, a gem of a community pub. And strike out into the backstreets to discover low-key hangouts like The Montpelier.
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