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The Best Things to See and Do in Peckham, London

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London Travel Writer
Updated: 29 January 2018

Everyone knows about Shoreditch, Brixton and Soho, but Peckham in South London is one of the capital’s most vibrant up-and-coming areas, full of great bars, restaurants and other cool things to do.

Go retro at Four Quarters

Boasting a nostalgic selection of arcade games, upstairs at Four Quarters is brimming with retro appeal. When those hands get tired button bashing, head down to ‘Confession Box’ where you can confess your sins – or add to them – in the intimate basement cocktail bar. Fans of craft beer, whisky and the 1980s are sure to love this place.

Four Quarters, 187 Rye Lane, London, United Kingdom +44 (0) 20 3754 7622

Four Quarters

Upstairs at Four Quarters | © Matt Brown/Flickr

Explore urban culture at the CLF Art Cafe

Found in – and otherwise referred to as – the Bussey Building, the CLF Art Cafe is a thriving creative centre which hosts music, theatre, comedy, film and art events that attract culture vultures from all over London. There is a wide variety of artistic expression exhibited here that varies incredibly depending on the day.

CLF Art Cafe, Block A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, United Kingdom +44 (0) 20 7732 5275

Tuck into tasty fare at Peckham Bazaar

Drawing inspiration from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, the affordably priced Peckham Bazaar serves up tantalizing cuisine in a fairly modest setting. When the food is this good, a restaurant doesn’t need to worry too much about elaborate frills – the experience here is all about satisfying the taste buds.

Peckham Bazaar, 119 Consort Road, London, United Kingdom +44 (0) 20 7732 2525

Peckham Bazaar

What to expect at Peckham Bazaar | © Kent Wang/Flickr

Enjoy panoramic views from Frank’s Café

A rooftop bar that offers stunning panoramic views of the London skyline from an alternative perspective south of the river, Frank’s Café is the perfect place to sip on beer, wine or cocktails on a warm, sunny summer evening in the capital.

Frank’s Café, 10th Floor, Peckham Multi Story Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, London, United Kingdom

Frank's Cafe

Gaze across the capital from the rooftop at Frank’s Café | © Bex Walton/Flickr


Munch on brunch at Pedler

Start the day right at the Pedler, Peckham’s premier boutique brunch spot. The whole place emanates a tremendously edgy vibe, while the food itself is delightfully delectable. Whether it’s paired with coffee or cocktails is up to you, no judgement here.

Pedler, 58 Peckham Rye, London, United Kingdom +44 (0) 20 3030 5015

Spend a rainy day at Peckhamplex

Fans of the big screen who like to support smaller film houses will love Peckhamplex, an independent multiplex cinema that shows a range of new releases to rival the big cinema companies. With tickets priced at £4.99 all day every day, and 3D features costing just £1 more, this is one of the best cinemas in the capital.

Peckhamplex, 95A Rye Lane, London, United Kingdom +44 (0) 844 567 2742

Knock back a fresh beer at Brick Brewery

Lurking under the railway arches by Peckham Rye train station, Brick Brewery is a microbrewery that opens on evenings and weekends to serve up its craft beers to the thirsty public. With a selection of staple beers available alongside seasonal and small run taproom exclusives, Brick Brewery beer tastes even better knowing its story started in a humble garden shed.

Brick Brewery, Blenheim Grove, London, United Kingdom +44 (0) 7747 787636