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The Big Noise Festival’s five favourite Peckham hangouts

Posted at 2:00 pm, June 7, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife, Secret London, Top 5
© Lucie Conoley

Why fork out over £200 for Glastonbury or bitterly scowl at Zane Lowe on BBC1 when London has so many great festivals right on your doorstep? For starters you can celebrate the culture of new cool hotspot Peckham at The Big Noise Festival on Saturday June 8. There will be a myriad of south London arts and entertainment events ranging from poetry to music to rooftop boozing. To get in the Peckhammy mood, we asked the organisers for their five fave hangouts…


Bar Story, Peckham Rye (Photo via: Bar Story)

1. Bar Story
‘Snuggled underneath the railway arches near Peckham Rye station, Bar Story offers delicious cheap pizzas and great selection of cocktails. Since the bar is adjacent to the Sassoon Gallery and not too far away from Camberwell College of Arts, the place attracts a predictably artsy crowd but the laid-back vibe of the venue makes it perfect for a relaxed summer evening.’

2. Peckham Plex
‘There are very few places that you can go in London to see a film for under £10, but Peckham Plex is definitely one of them. All films cost only £4.99 and the cinema screens everything from the latest blockbusters to foreign language films and special events like the Images of Black Women (IBW) Film Festival earlier this month.’

M. Manze's Pie & Mash Shop (Photo via Manze's website)

3. Manze’s Pie & Mash
‘If you’re looking for a taste of old south London in Peckham then head to Manze’s Pie & Mash shop. The original shop was first opened by the Manze family in 1927 and is still run by the family to this day. Manze’s serves up traditional beef pie or jellied eels with mash and not forgetting the suspicious looking liquor. It might be unconventional – but it is tasty!’

The Last Refuge: arts space, Peckham (Photo by: Last Refuge)

4. The Last Refuge
‘Peckham’s newest arts venue, The Last Refuge, is an intimate theatre, bar and rehearsal space situated in the bustling Copeland Road Industrial Park behind Peckham Rye station. The Last Refuge is making a name for itself as an innovative off west end theatre venue but also hosts comedy, film, book readings and dance performances.’

The Bussey Building rooftop: Peckham, London (Photo: CLF Art Café)

5. Bussey Building
‘Arguably Peckham’s most famous venue, the Bussey Building is 120-year-old multi level warehouse space, which is home to a huge variety of events throughout the year including live music, DJs, theatre, art, film, anime, comedy and festivals. In recent years the venue has played host to summer rooftop parties, theatre productions by Royal Court Theatre and music nights organised by the likes of Bestival and the recent Soundtracks festival.’

Find out more and book tickets at thebignoisefestival.com.

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