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With art galleries and coffee shops galore, Peckham is the ultimate hipster hangout. Ever since Dalston got too expensive, Peckham’s star has been on the rise and it can now legitimately lay claim to the title of London’s premier hipster hangout. With Goldsmith’s on one side and Camberwell Art School on the other it was always bound to happen of course and the last few years have seen an explosion in activity from new restaurants to galleries and festivals.

You can’t become a magnet for hipsters without a late night pool hall of course and luckily it already had Canavan’s to lure east Londoners whose only objection to leaving Dalston was the fear of missing Efes. Frank’s Cafe was what really put the area on the map though, a summer-only popup on the roof of a multi-storey car park that quickly became one of the hottest hangouts in town. Countless other restaurants and bars popped up after it including Forza Win, Peckham Pelican, Pedler, Mr Bao, Kudu, Coal Rooms, and even Dalston’s own Voodoo Ray’s.

There’s plenty more to see and do too including arts and studio space Peckham Levels; vintage gaming at The Four Quarters; and late nights at The Bussey Building.

PECKHAM PELICAN

92 Peckham Road, SE15 5PY

Coffee shop, turned art gallery turned gig venue, the Peckham Pelican does it all and the best thing? Those DIY bagels. For £1.50 you can get a toasted Brick Lane bagel and you can then add as many fillings as you like and with everything from peanut butter to roasted veg, smoked salmon to goats cheese on the menu, the only problem you’ll have is deciding.

NUNHEAD RESERVOIR

Nunhead Reservoir, United Kingdom

So this one might be in Nunhead, but it’s basically Peckham and SO worth a trip. Nunhead Reservoir is a covered reservoir (not one with ducks and rowing boats), but it does have some of the best views across London – the views are so good, you’ll forget about the empty tinnies and rubbish in the park…

BLUE TIT SALON

26 Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR

Blue Tit’s Peckham branch is one of the originals, but it’s definitely no worse for wear because of it’s age. Having won several awards for it’s haircuts and super-friendly service, this is definitely the place to invest in a new barnet.

THE FOUR QUARTERS

187 Rye Lane, SE15 4TP

Love booze & video games? The Four Quarters is for you. It’s retro vibes all round with original Tron, Outrun, Street fighter II, Star Wars Trilogy, Asteroids, Defender, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Point Blank and Sega Rally machines. And with local craft beers, hearty food, music, tournaments and film screenings, there’s something to keep everyone happy at The Four Quarters.

BUSSEY BUILDING

The CLF Art Cafe, United Kingdom

The CLF Art Cafe a.k.a the Bussey Building is an 120-year-old warehouse in Peckham that hosts events in music, theatre, art, film, comedy and more. Whether you wanna get your dancing shoes on for Soul Train, pick up some vinyls and comics at Rye Wax, catch a film on the roof or enjoy some grassroots comedy, you’ll never be bored here.

PEDLER

58 Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR

Pedler is the sister restaurant to the small-batch gin Little Bird’s distillery on Maltby Street. It’s all about the gin here and they even put the stuff in their cooking. You can expect a daily changing menu, bangin’ brunches and Sunday lunch menu that will knock your socks off – it’s gin-credible!

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FRANK'S CAFE

Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST, United Kingdom

Frank’s is probably the only reason half of us head southhhhh of the river in the summer. Perched 10 floors up on the top of Peckham’s multi-story Frank’s has some of the best views across London, crazy art installations and street food grub, which you’ll need to sober up before you make it back down all those pink stairs, Frank’s really does have it all.

MR BAO

293 Rye Lane, SE15 4UA

Mr Bao is a small but perfectly formed place, with fluffy buns, cocktails and lots of sides. Mr Bao ticks all the boxes for a cheap, fast dinner, and whatever you do don’t miss THAT Bao S’More – melted chocolate and toasted marshmallow atop a fried bao – YUM.

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BAR STORY

213 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL

Bar Story is hidden under Peckham Rye station and with cocktails, craft beer, pizza and regular burger hookups with Patty & Bun, it’s where the party is at. What’s more, there’s a happy hour 6pm- 7pm Monday to Friday with 2 cocktails for £7 – BARGAIN.

PECKHAMPLEX

95A Rye Ln, SE15 4ST

This is probably the only cinema in London where you can catch a film for under a fiver; morning, noon or night you can catch the latest movies for the bargain price of £4.99. Yes, it might be a little grotty round the edges and doesn’t look like it’s changed since the 80s, but that just adds to the charm.

DKUK

Holdrons Arcade, 135a Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST, UK

DKUK is not your typical salon by any means – but don’t worry, they still know their hair. Architect Sam Jacobs turned this salon into a gallery, removing all mirrors and replacing them with artwork. The space still has mirrors, but they aren’t meant for checking your self out. They act as an illusion to make the space seem a bit bigger – and a play on how we are (or aren’t) seen. Next time you’re in need of a tidy up, give this place a go.

KUDU

119 Queen's Rd, London SE15 2EZ, UK

Located on the busy Queen’s Road, cute little spot Kudu is a must visit. The space is very cosy, with a beautiful reclaimed wood parquet floor, warm pink walls, green leather banquettes and a bar with a few stools around the open kitchen. Their menu is short and sweet but don’t skip the Kudu bread, a fresh-out-the-oven loaf served with your choice of melted butter, the crispy fried artichokes with miso mayonnaise and the pig’s head tortellini.

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THE BEGGING BOWL

The Begging Bowl, Bellenden Road, London, UK

Inspired by Buddhist traditions and all the provinces of Thailand, The Begging Bowl serves up a short but varied menu featuring dishes smoked mackerel, pomelo, galangal and peanuts in betel leaf; deep fried whole seabass with green mango and tamarind and chilli caramel dressing; turmeric, black pepper and braised pig cheek curry; and charcoal grilled celeriac with peanut curry and pickled ginger. It’s a real local fave so it’s defo one to check out when you’re down Peckham way.

PECKHAM LEVELS

95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4TG, UK

Peckham’s famous car park has transformed into a new food, drink and events destination Peckham Levels. As well as office and studio space, the Levels is also home to street food traders, bars and cafes including Bando Belly, Boxwallah, Near & Far Bar and Lady Godiva. And above that there’s hair salon, yoga studio and live music venue. Yep this car park pretty much has it all.

COAL ROOMS

11a Station Way, Peckham Rye Station, London, SE15 4RX

Housed in the former Peckham Rye train station ticket office, you barely have to leave the station to stumble into Coal Rooms. The 5-course tasting menu is what you really want to go for – it changes regularly but dishes have included sea bass tartare with fig oil & jalapeno granita, langoustine lollipop with guanciale & lobster mayo, and torched marshmallow topped with lacto-fermented apricot & parmesan granita. If that’s not your bag, Coal Rooms also has steak nights, brunch and Sunday roasts.

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PRINCE OF PECKHAM

1 Clayton Road, Peckham, London SE15 5JA

Prince of Peckham is a boozer that takes it back to the good ol’ pub days. The kitchen is run by White Men Can’t Jerk – on Mondays you can grab yourself nine wings in various sauces for just a tenner and you go can go bottomless on the weekend with fried chicken & waffles, jerk chicken and bubbles.

THE RYE

31 Peckham Rye, London SE15 3NX, UK

We challenge you to find a leafier beer garden in London than The Rye in Peckham. Yes, this one is an ACTUAL garden with real life grass and trees, and it’s absolutely huge. With enough picnic tables to seat half of Peckham, table tennis and a BBQ area, there is no better place to spend a sunny afternoon. Luckily they’ve also got a fully stocked bar and gastropub menu to keep you going inside if the weather isn’t co-operating.

LEVAN

12-16 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL, UK

All-day spot Levan comes from Nicholas Balfe, the man behind Salon in Brixton. It’s all about modern European food and natural wines here, with dishes like potato, chanterelle and Vacherin pies; comte fries with saffron aioli; pork and boudin noir terrines; and dark chocolate mousse with cherry sorbet. You can get a selection of five courses chosen by the kitchen too if you’re struggling to choose, which you will be because it’s the kind of menu where you want the lot. There’s an extensive selection of wine from Jura on the list alongside bottles from across Europe, and again, let the staff recommend you something because there’s a lot of good stuff to choose from.

BRICK BREWERY

209 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 3:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM

Brick Brewery started out in a garden shed but its beers rapidly became so popular that it had to find a much bigger space, sharpish. Today it has a taproom in Peckham with a whopping 20 lines of both Brick’s own and guest brews. Don’t drink them all at once, kids. Brick’s brews are inspired by beers around the world, whether that’s Czech-style lagers, West Coast pales and much, much more. The brewery has its three staple beers: Pils, Pale, Rye, and then it brews a selection of seasonal and experimental beers that’ll keep just about any hophead happy.

400 RABBITS

143 Evelina Road, London, UK

400 Rabbits has burrowed all the way from Crystal Palace through to Nunhead to bring you some of the best sourdough pizza in London town. Not much beats their rhubarb, chipotle chilli, goats cheese and piquillo peppers masterpiece, but to be honest we’d take a slice of any of them. And with them all give you change from a tenner, why the hell not?!

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FORZA WINE

The Rooftop, 133A Rye Ln, London SE15 4BQ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

The Forza Win team has gone back to the roof with Forza Wine. The spot, on top of a renovated space on Rye Lane (complete with some epic views over Peckham) serves up an Italian menu with dishes like sausage and fontina toasties for lunch and a plate of sardines and grilled veal stuffed with fior di latte in the evening. There are plenty of drinks to go with the food, including wine, beers and frozen negronis, and there’s even a lift so you don’t have to worry about trying to make it down the stairs when you’re smashed – anyone’s who’s made the climb up and down to Frank’s will appreciate this.

VOODOO RAY'S

95 Kingsland High St, Dalston, London E8 2PB, UK

Voodoo Ray’s create thin and crispy NY-style pizza, which come by the slice or as a whole 22-inch whopper – you can’t go wrong with The Meat Is On or the Giorgio Moroder – and they do an after-midnight spesh for when the munchies strike. Wash down one of the massive slices with a signature frozen marg.

MADE OF DOUGH

MADE OF DOUGH, Bellenden Road, London, UK

If you’re venturing south of the river, Made of Dough is the place to go. Sourcing their ingredients from across Europe, each pizza is cooked on a real wood fire to create a chewy base – there’s no tough crusts to be found here. With half price pizzas on Mondays and wild specials every month (a chocolate pizza anyone?), there’s plenty of reason to make the journey down to Peckham.

LARRY'S

Unit 5, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The Levan team expanded its Peckham empire by opening Larry’s right next door (previously home to Brick House Bread) and in doing so, completed the homage to the legendary DJ Larry Levan. Larry’s is inspired by New York delis and with its green chairs, orange tabletops and lightbox menu above the open kitchen, it’s polished but still relaxed. It’s all about comfort food done well – the daytime menu includes dishes like cinnamon babka, soft boiled eggs & mortadella, and salt beef sandwiches, with plates like potato latkes with fermented chilli mayo, pork schnitzel with day-glo red cabbage & gochujang mayo, gooey aubergine parm, and white chocolate cheesecake with summer berries on in the evening.

DESERTED CACTUS

135A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST, UK

Run by vegan influencer Esme (aka @london_afro_vegan) Deserted Cactus is a small cafe inside Holdrons Arcade that serves up hearty plant-based grub. The menu changes regularly but you can expect the likes of mac no cheese, southern fried jackfruit, three bean chilli, curry chickpeas, jerk tofu and coconut rice to make an appearance.

ARTUSI

££
161 Bellenden Rd, London SE15 4DH, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 6:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 2:30 PM, 6:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 2:30 PM, 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 2:30 PM, 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Artusi is one of those great neighborhood joints that either makes you happy that you’re local or jealous if you’re not. The regularly changing menu always features simple but perfectly executed Italian dishes like ‘nduja with ricotta & monksbeard, chicken leg with puntarelle & parmesan aioli, gurnard with samphire & tomato, and pastas made fresh that day. Start with a negroni and follow with a glass (or several) from the Italian wine list and you’ve got a very good time on your hands.

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