Area Guide: Peckham
Property Guardian Peckham – Peckham Area Guide
Peckham is located in the south east of London, in the London Borough of Southwark. It’s come a long way since Only Fools and Horse’s Del Boy and Rodney made it famous in the 90’s, and it’s now one of the trendiest, most desirable areas to live in London.
Peckham is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of London and is home to photographers, designers, artists and many young, creative types – not to mention a growing community of Property Guardians.
There are no tube lines in Peckham, but it does have two overland trains stations that are well-served by the Overground service and offer fast, regular links into central London.
Peckham Rye has regular services to London Bridge taking 10 minutes; Victoria (12 minutes); Blackfriars (14 minutes), and half-hourly trains to St Pancras (24 minutes).
Queens Road Peckham has services going into London Bridge in eight minutes.
Both stations are in Zone 2 and the annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs approx. £1,400 per year.
Peckham is also well served by many bus routes, with regular services across London and surrounding areas.
There is a huge restaurant scene in Peckham and given the multicultural mix of residents and businesses in the area, you can find a little bit of everything.
Peckham Rye triangle is a melting pot of interesting eateries. We love Mr Boa’s Taiwanese buns – which are some of the fluffiest in London!
Head to Pedler, SE15’s hottest brunch spot. You can spend the whole day there, moving from flat whites and smashed avocado, through to cocktails and grazing on small plates. Number67 also do an excellent bunch, which is served all day at the weekends. They also have front and back gardens which are perfect for alfresco dining on a summer’s day.
Locals flock to The Montpelier, the place to come for local food. They source their herbs from their next door neighbour and even pickle their own gherkins. They offer a great selection of drinks, serve Monmouth coffee and play smooth tunes into the small hours. They also boast a 30-seater cinema in their backroom showing an eclectic mix of films, from past to present.
There are so many great places around Peckham, with new, trendy establishments popping up on an almost weekly basis. But you can’t talk about Peckham without mentioning Franks. An amazingly unusual rooftop bar set on the top floor of former multi storey car park. It’s become a local institution of late, with people flocking here to take in the panoramic views across the whole of London whilst sipping on artisan cocktails.
Bar Story is another popular spot. Nestled in the railway arches, Bar Story is popular with the local hipsters and a great place to grab a drink or bite to eat – they offer a delicious range of Mediterranean inspired dishes.
The debate over Peckham’s best pubs could go on forever but Beer Rebellion is a firm local favourite, serving a good selection of craft beer. The Rye, on the corner of Peckham Rye Park never goes out of fashion. It boasts a large beer garden, reliably good pub grub and a big projector, screening sport on the weekends.
Fancy staying on a bit later? Shoot some pool at Canavan’s, an authentically shabby party spot that’s open until 4am every night and hosts karaoke every Sunday.
Things to do in Peckham
You are never short of things to do in Peckham and our favourite place has to be Peckham Levels. Once a gloomy multi-storey car park, it has undergone a total transformation and now stands tall as a glistening hub of culture. Packed Full of studio spaces, workspaces, a street food market, and live music venues – it even has crazy golf in the basement!
Experience sensory overload at Rye Lane market, a bustling hive of activity. There’s raw meat and fish, fresh fruit from the street traders and micro breweries galore.
Peckham Plex is another local treasure. It offers great day and night cinema tickets for bargain price of just £4.99! See the newest releases with money left over for popcorn.
Finally, Bussey Building is a must! An entertainment complex with twist, it offers a bit of everything and is always abuzz. The Peckham institution is a schmorgasbord of trendy bars, supper clubs, bike workshops and record stores. In the evening it offers warehouse style club nights and its roof hosts the Rooftop Cinema Club, with deck chairs and a big screen showing modern hits to eighties classics.