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34 brilliant things to do in Peckham before the world ends

Posted at 4:15 pm, May 29, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink

A bench in Peckham, London.

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It’s only a matter of time until the vile, rattling bone god Th’raam rides through the sky on his feculent Death Horse, splitting the Earth into seven pieces with his Cleaver of the Damned. So before his Thousand Shrieking Daughters drag you to the City with No Name, enjoy some of these brilliant things to do in Peckham!

1) Eat some banging south Indian food at Ganapati

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Voted Peckham’s favourite restaurant in our Love London Awards, their bread is transcendentally good. The day Ganapati started doing deliveries was a day that will forever live in our cultural history.

2) Drop in for breakfast at Peckham Refreshment Rooms

Peckham Refreshment Rooms

Or lunch, or dinner for that matter. But breakfast is good!

3) Have a slice of cake at Lerryn’s Lerryn's Café, Peckham
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Café by week, bar by weekend. Voted best caff by Peckhamites.

4) Munch on some meze at Persepolis Persepolis, Peckham.

Sit down for an Iranian feast in their ‘Snackistan’ café (+10 pun points, you guys) or pick up some Persian potions from their delicatessen. Peckham’s favourite shop.

5) Raise a glass at London’s first community-owned pub, the Ivy House

The Ivy House, Nunhead / Peckham

When this lovely pub almost got shut down the locals had a whip-round and bought it. And proving that socialism sometimes works, it’s in our London’s 100 best pubs list and was also voted Peckham’s favourite in our poll. Okay, so it’s sort of in Nunhead, but well worth the stroll.

6) Grab a random snack on Rye Lane

Jamaican oranges. ‘Meat sticks.’ Police buttons. Check out this guide to the best grab ‘n’ go treats.

7) Enjoy some terrific Thai at the Begging Bowl


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Spicy Asian dishes to bowl you over.

8) Have a happy hour at Bar Story


@makepondsnotwar #peckham #barstory #southoftheriver #igerslondon


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Cocktails so good, you’ll want two. Luckily, they’re 2-for-1 between 6pm and 7pm on weeknights.  (This may result in a panicky over-purchase at 6.57pm, leaving with you with four Old Fashioneds and a vague sense of trepidation.)

9) Get a high score at the Four Quarters

Yes, Sunday was definitely good. #fourquarters #peckham #pinball #spaceinvaders

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Don’t forget to enter your name as ‘SEX’ if you manage to conquer one of these arcade and pinball machines. Heh. SEX.

10) Walk through the surprisingly beautiful Rye

Wisteria in the front, ginkgo behind. One of my fave views in #peckhamryepark…

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Do not be fooled by the bare, open playing fields that surround Peckham Rye proper. Chart a course between the five-a-side kickabouts and discover an oasis of calm, with flower beds, sunlight-dappled clearings, streams, ponds and other picnic-friendly perks.

11) Explore this year’s art at Bold Tendencies

There are pieces from Richard Wentworth, Airbnb Pavillion, Metahaven and Attilia Fattori Franchini to be found in Peckham’s multi-storey car park.

12) …then head to Frank’s Café on the roof for the wonderful view.

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So good! Have a negroni at sunset on a warm summer’s evening and get that #lovelondon feeling. 

13) Eat at Artusi, one of London’s top ten restaurants

Artusi, an Italian restaurant in Peckham, London.

This Italian restaurant earned a five-star review, and came in at #4 in our top 10 London Restaurants list in 2014.

14) See a film for a fiver at the PeckhamPlex

PeckhamPlex, a cinema in Peckham, London.

It ain’t fancy, but this much-loved multiplex charges just £4.99 for a ticket, all day, every day.

15) Enjoy some indie cinema in the Montpelier’s Back Room


This pub (which is also perfectly lovely in its own right) regularly shows the latest independent films in its 30-seater Back Room. Although note that their screenings are on hiatus during the summer months.

16) Or watch a cult classic beneath the stars at Rooftop Film Club

Rooftop Cinema Peckham Rye

Rooftop Cinema’s Peckham Rye location screens old favourites and current blockbusters throughout the summer.

17) Get a caffeine hit at a kicking café

Cafés in Peckham, South London.

Try Petitou, Anderson & Co, or Love London award-winner Small White Elephant.

18) Shoot pool (or throw shapes) at Canavans

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This down-to-earth pool hall also hosts an increasing number of forward-thinking club nights, appealing to both electronica fans and their bleep-phobic pals who can find peace and quiet amongst the baize next door.

19) Grab a pizza and a pint at the Gowlett

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Last time we did a Peckham area guide we forgot to mention The Gowlett, and our Twitter mentions instantly became an onslaught of opprobrium. Needless to say, people really like the Gowlett, and with pizzas this good, who can blame them? Go to the Gowlett. Please.

20) Get on board the Soul Train at the Bussey Building

The Bussey Building is a multi-purpose venue, and inside you can find yoga classes, co-working spaces and barbers. But the Bussey is more well-known for its programme of club nights, most famous of which is the South London Soul Train, dedicated to all things soul and Motown.

21) Quit yer talkin’ and eat something pan-Balkan at Peckham Bazaar

Peckham Bazaar

Delicious dishes inspired by the owner’s native Albania, its Balkan neighbours and influences from further afield.

22) Drink a Nutella milkshake at Pedler

Pedler, Peckham restaurant

Modern European cooking which is both skil…. wait, did someone say NUTELLA MILKSHAKE?

23) Booze it up in the Rye‘s beer garden

Rye Peckham

It’s big, it’s green! Not to visit would be mean! It’s the Ryyyyye, it’s the Ryyyyye.

24) Scoff a chocolate at Melange

Melange Chocolate Shop, Peckham

Peckham’s very own chocolate shop! Naturally, Melange also serves up a sinfully good hot chocolate.

25) Contemplate contemporary art at The Sunday Painter

The Sunday Painter Gallery, Peckham

This gallery has a regularly rotating set of exhibitions from modern artists.

26) Pop into Peckham Platform

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This pint-sized community arts space, in front of Peckham Library, hosts events and exhibitions – well worth a look.

27) Get a vitamin boost from Ali Baba Juice

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Yeah, their drink recipes have lots of disconcertingly un-juicy ingredients in like avocado or sweet potato… but they all taste like juicy heaven in a plastic cup. Sorry we ever doubted you guys. (You can find their smoothies with added alcohol at their new bar in the Bold Tendencies space.)

28) Get your hair did at Blue Tit Peckham

Blue Tit Hairdressers Peckham

The indie hairdressers have popped up down south.

29) Or your beard sorted at Rhythm Parlour

rhythm parlour peckham

A monthly pop-up barber shop with a disco soundtrack. Because why not, I guess.

30) Browse around a market 

Peckham Market

Peckham Market is on a short break but ‘returning soon’ to Peckham Academy on Saturdays, 11am-3pm.
Peckham Farmers Market is also weekly, on Sundays on Peckham High Street, starting at 9am.

31) Pick up provisions at the General Store

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A la-di-da deli dealio.

32) Take home some barbecue-able meat from Flock & Herd

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Meat, meat, lovely meat. Some of it even pre-marinated and otherwise enhanced, ready for grilling.

33) Take your kid raving at The Nines

The Nines Peckham

Yes, it’s a decent restaurant, café and cocktail bar all in one. But it’s also the only place you can take your kid to bust a move to the indie hits of yesteryear.

34) Still got energy left? Here’s where to work up a sweat

Peckham Fitness

Your stamina knows no bounds! Try Yogarise (sometimes on the Bussey Building roof), or, for Crossfit, The Yard. In the park, you can take part in the weekly 5km Parkrun each Saturday, or there are four BMF classes a week. There’s a regular gym (with swimming pool) in the neighbourhood, too!

And that is all you need to know until the very stars are torn from the face of heaven. Thanks for reading!

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