PAC-MAN and Ping Pong: Why Peckham's Bars Are Totally Worth Visiting This Summer

London | © Thomas Brasington/Flickr
London | © Thomas Brasington/Flickr
Photo of Emmi Harris
26 May 2017

Named The Sunday Times best place to live in London in 2017, Peckham is gaining some serious attention for all the right reasons. As spring begins to fade and Londoners eagerly anticipate their first sip of Pimms in the sun, these are the quirky bars that have made the area so liveable – and a definite must-visit this summer.

Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club

The facade is inconspicuous. In fact, if you weren’t looking out for it, you’d probably stroll right past. Nothing but a modest doorway beneath a discreet sign advertises this place, and that’s probably why it’s remained under the radar of most people for so long – with the exception of locals, to whom this place is famous. Despite its humble exterior, this club is anything but modest. Towards the entrance, Canavan’s boasts an impressively sized dance floor and upon venturing further back, you discover the place’s real gem: a whole room dedicated to pool and ping pong. Be sure to bring your A game.

Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club, 188 Rye Lane, London, UK +44 (0) 7563 482439

The Four Quarters

Bar, Restaurant, British, American, $$$
Map View
If you’ve ever had the desire to play PAC-MAN whilst simultaneously enjoying a pint of beer, then this is the place for you. You trade your English pounds for a few American quarters at the bar and then you’re free to spend your new currency on any game you want. There’s a decent selection of retro arcade games on the ground floor including Street Fighter, Sega Rally and of course, some old school PAC-MAN. Upstairs there’s a club that hosts DJs at weekends, so when you’re done gaming, you can head up for a dance.

Bar Story

Cocktail Bar, Bar, Cocktails, $$$
Map View
Bar Story, beneath the arches of Peckham Rye station on Blenhiem Grove
Bar Story serves a selection of pizzas and creative cocktails | © Monica Wells / Alamy Stock Photo

Situated beneath Peckham’s train tracks, under a railway arch, bars don’t come more edgy than this. Its exposed brick walls and low arched ceiling creates a shabby, yet pleasantly intimate vibe. You can sit inside or opt for the charming outdoor space, decked out with long tables and benches beneath shimmering fairy lights. With an impressive selection of beers on tap, great music and plenty of space for socialising, Bar Story always guarantees a great atmosphere.

Frank’s Café

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, British, 0
This one is located at the top of a multi story car-park. Enough said. Frank’s has become pretty legendary on the Peckham bar scene, not least for its stunning views of London’s skyline, meaning you can get some seriously Instagram-worthy photos here. It’s only open in the summer months, which means when Frank’s Café does open for business it tends to be pretty busy all the time, but it is just the perfect place to spend those balmy summer evenings – and takes a drink with a view to a whole new level.

Cookies Policy

We and our partners use cookies to better understand your needs, improve performance and provide you with personalised content and advertisements. To allow us to provide a better and more tailored experience please click "OK"