In case you've been under a rock... Peckham's the new London cool kid. Anyone who’s anyone in the food & drink world is getting involved with the scene down here bringing killer cocktails, street food markets, gastropubs, raves and plenty of Flat Whites with them. When you hear about gentrification don’t go expecting shiny Shoreditch, this place is still gritty but that’s why we love it.
The best days start with good coffee. Fact. And there’s no shortage of places to get your caffeine fix in SE15. Hit Queen of the independents Small White Elephant for a Vietnamese coffee. And if you manage to leave without a slice of their secret recipe toasted coconut bread you're super human. By the station? Brick House is our swing in spot, their coffee is bang on and you'll be mingling with the post YogaRise crew, come 10am this place is full of leggings.
Lerryns 200 Rye Lane SE15 4UR // Small White Elephant, 28 Choumert Road SE15 4SE
Brunch is everyone’s favourite meal of the day; London’s all over it and Peckham’s got it on lockdown. Pass the Afro-Caribbean hair salons and fish stalls and turn in to the haven that is Bellenden Village. More Primrose Hill than Peckham, this street is all village grocers, florists and cafes - one being Anderson & Co aka. the place that knew Peckham was cool before you did. Head through to the greenhouse yard for brunch with a side of botanicals; think eggy classics, Turkish yoghurt with granola and French toast. The Coal Rooms could appear in any of these heading TBH. Hidden away in the old train station ticket office and owned by the Kings of Peckham - Old Spike, it's a coffee house out front and awesome restaurant out back. Settle in for a sit down affair or bacon roll like BarChick, perched up at the window. They smoke their bacon over coffee, chuck it in some kind of friend bap and it's unlike anything you've ever had. Trust us.
Anderson & Co, 139 Bellenden Road SE15 4DH // Rosie's, 28 Peckham Rye, SE15 JLR // No. 67, 67 Peckham Road SE5 8UH
By now you’re in need of some serious booze and there’s nowhere better than Pedler. It’s the chicest spot on the strip (gold pineapples style). Owned by the legends behind Little Bird Gin, this gin cocktail bar/restaurant/all day hangout is what liquid lunches are about; small sharing plates like confit duck rosti and lobster rolls, homemade donuts and an epic wine and cocktail list. On a less fussy flex? Head to the top of Rye Lane and to Peckham Pelican where bagels and freshly topped pizzas are served up with local brews (Meantime and Brick Brewery) and £5 cocktails. Don't leave without knocking back a Mexican Smokebomb (mezcal shot chased with orange and cinnamon).
Pedler, 58 Peckham Rye SE154JR // Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road SE15 5PY
AFTERNOON PUB SESSION
Afternoons are for laid back liquidation in local boozers, and south London sure ain’t short on those. Time for a pub crawl, Peckham style. Back in Bellenden is your best bet with an influx of independents likeThe Montpellier and The Victoria Inn, all classic and all give just as much as they get with hidden independent cinemas, rooms upstairs (for that kinda afternoon session) and serious snacks. Looking to booze with a view? The terrace out front of The Clockhouse overlooks Peckham Rye park (tip - hot boys playing football) or The Rye on the other side of the park has a mega garden and outdoor table tennis for all you outdoorsy types.
The Montpellier, 43 Choumert Road SE15 4AR // The Victoria Inn, 77-79 Choumert Road SE15 4AR // The Clockhouse, 196A Peckham Rye SE22 9QA // The Rye, 31 Peckham Rye SE15 3NX
Post-6pm is when Peckham’s in its prime. To the station - and no, you’re not going home. The party starts under the arches where old-timer Bar Story shows us how no-frills drinking is done. Hit it between 6 and 7pm to get hold of 2 cocktails for £7, and they’re the real deal; scribbled up on the chalkboard you’ll find an extensive menu from no nonsense Negronis to Tommy’s Margaritas and Long Islands (guilty). Opposite you’ll find Peckham Springs, similar vibe to Bar Story but long benches inside mean you might have a shot at a seat. Cocktails from Slush Puppy machines are the deal here and The ES named these sippers the best value cocktails in London.
Bar Story, 213 Blenheim Grove SE15 4QL // Peckham Springs, 22a Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QN
ROOFTOP VIBES (summer only)
Come summer months it's all about that bar on the roof of a carpark. Despite the hype, Frank's is actually awesome. The views across the city are some of the best around and if you're here at sunset you defo won't be needing a filter. Over it? The Bussey Building has a rooftop too and it's fun. Get up there and turn left not right or you're gonna end up midway through a movie 'cos Rooftop Cinema's up there doing its thing this summer too.
HOT DINNER DATE
Like most things, it all started with food. Peckham first got on the map because of its foodie vibe when London’s creative chefs bagged some cheap space down here and the rest is history. Whatever you’re after, you’ll find it here. Award-winning, impossible to get into but worth the wait your thing? Everyone’s raving about Artusi so you should probably go. Mr Bao is doing the bun thing and it's awesome. Small Spanish plates and a sh*t load of epic sherry? Join the queue outside Miss Tapas. If Middle Eastern fare, rabbits roasted over a firepit and rare European wines get you going then Peckham Bazaar is for you, and yes they take bookings so ask us and we'll get it sorted. If you're a planner you'll have already booked Forza Win for a stellar sit down affair of some of the best Italian food in London. If like BarChick you want cocktails with your cuisine then there’s only one place for you: Peckham Refreshment Rooms. Classic cocktails and sharer plates like fried parmesan dipped in honey. Pow. Sip an Espresso Martini 'cos it’s time get stuck in to Peckham’s late night scene.
Artusi, 161 Bellenden Road SE15 4DH // Mr Bao, 293 Rye Lane, SE15 4UA // Miss Tapas, 46 Choumert Rd, London SE15 // Peckham Bazaar, 119 Consort Road SE15 3RU // Peckham Refreshment Rooms, Unit 4, 12-16 Blenheim Grove SE15 4QL
Keeping it civilised? Take the party back to Pedler where the gin is flowing and cocktails are still being shaken. Or head down to an underground kinda gothy late-night dive bar where boilermakers are waiting. Ready to rave? The Bussey Building is calling, and yes you’re going to have to stand in that long queue that’s running down Rye Lane. The Bussey is a Peckham institution; by day it’s all yoga classes and art studios, come evening Rooftop Cinema and Kerb get involved and by night anything from Hawian Bop Disco to South London Soul Train take over its many floors pumping out good vibes, old school RnB and Motown until sunrise.
Peckham, you’ve got this nailed.
Pedler, 58 Peckham Rye SE154JR // Confession Box, The Basement of Four Quarters, 187 Rye Lane, SE15 4TP // The Bussey Building 133 Rye Lane SE15 4ST