The Best Things To Do in Peckham, London

Frank’s Cafe has jaw-dropping views of the London skyline
Frank’s Cafe has jaw-dropping views of the London skyline | © Simon Turner / Alamy Stock Photo
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London Travel Writer23 September 2019

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

Play retro arcade games at Four Quarters

Bar, Restaurant, British, American, $$$
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Boasting a nostalgic selection of arcade games, Four Quarters is brimming with retro appeal. All of your childhood favourites are available to play, from arcade classics such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong to a whole attic of retro consoles. When you get tired of button bashing, head down to The Confession Box, a basement cocktail bar that hosts lively parties every weekend. Fans of craft beer, whisky and the 1980s will love this place.

Discover urban culture and arty events at CLF Art Cafe

Art Gallery, Building, Church, Park
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Bussey Rooftop Bar in Peckham Rye, London, UK
The Bussey Building is a multi-use complex | © Nathaniel Noir / Alamy Stock Photo
Found in – and otherwise referred to as – the Bussey Building, the CLF Art Cafe is a cool creative centre that hosts music, theatre, comedy, film and art events, attracting culture vultures from all over London. It’s also home to the popular funk and soul night, The South London Soul Train.

Tuck into tasty food at Peckham Bazaar

Restaurant, Bar, Mediterranean, Greek, Turkish, $$$
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What to expect at Peckham Bazaar
What to expect at Peckham Bazaar | © Kent Wang/Flickr
Drawing inspiration from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, the affordably priced Peckham Bazaar serves up tantalising 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.

Enjoy panoramic views from Frank’s Cafe at Bold Tendencies

Bar, Cafe, British
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Frank’s Cafe at Bold Tendencies is a seasonal venue
Frank’s Cafe at Bold Tendencies is a seasonal venue | © Monica Wells / Alamy Stock Photo
Occupying a former multi-storey car park, Bold Tendencies is an arts and entertainment complex that has become something of a Peckham institution. On the very top floor is Frank’s Cafe, a rooftop bar that offers stunning panoramic views of the London skyline. It’s the perfect spot to spend a sunny summer evening in the capital.

Spend a rainy day at Peckhamplex

Movie Theater
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Peckham, London, UK. 1 December 2017.  The entrance to the Peckhamplex cinema, now home to the 'Underexposed' portraits. David Rowe/Alamy Live News.
Peckhamplex is an independent cinema | © David Rowe / Alamy Stock Photo
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 much-loved cinema is one of the best and most affordable in the capital.

Knock back a fresh beer at Brick Brewery

Craft Ale Bar, Beer
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Brick Brewery beneath the arches of Peckham Rye station
Brick Brewery started in a garden shed | © Monica Wells / Alamy Stock Photo

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.

Grace Beard contributed additional reporting to this article.

These recommendations were updated on September 23, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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