Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Peckham (and surrounding): eating, drinking, exploring

 Image via Street Art London

Since we found our new flat in Peckham (or is it Camberwell? I can't seem to find a consensus yet), I've been making a note of things to explore in the area. Since my main interests in life are currently food, coffee, looking at interesting things and drinking wine in the presence of friends, these are the things that mostly make up my list. I also enjoy a good bit of craft, as you know, but I haven't happened across any local action yet.

I'd be interested to hear your opinion on any of these places if you've visited before, and if there are any gems that I've missed off, please let me know! All tips appreciated.

Places I want to eat in (or buy food from)

Blue Brick Café (no website - that I could find). Review here.
Vegetarian cafe. Breakfast available all day, which can't be a bad thing.
14 Fellbrigg Road, Dulwich, SE22 9HH

Nice looking cafe on Peckham Rye park.
Strakers Road, Peckham Rye Common, SE15 3UA

Every Sunday 9.00am-1.00pm
Peckham Square (Covered Market), Peckham High Street SE15 5DT 

Persian food shop that I keep seeing recommended on various foodie blogs. Acclaimed cookbook Veggiestan is also by these nice folks.
28-30 Peckham High Street, SE15 5DP

Places I want to drink in (and also eat)

Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar
Drinks! Food! On a roof! As far as I can tell Frank's will be opening back up some time around July.
10th floor, Peckham multi-story carpark, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

The Tiger
Nice looking pub which appears to have some comfy looking sofas and nice lamps - always a plus.
18 Camberwell Green, SE5 7AA   

Bar Story 
A little slice of Shoreditch in Peckahm, from what I gather, with outdoor space, cocktails and food. Only minutes walk away from mine, so should probably check it out.
213 Blenheim grove, SE15 4QL

Another nice looking pub with beer garden and food, a little further afield.
40 Kemerton Road, Camberwell, SE5 9AR

The Montpelier
Me and Ben grabbed some food in this pub on my moving in day. A substantial falafel burger and chips was tasty and, with a nice cool pint of cider, was just the thing to sooth our weary muscles. Seemed to be less full of children than The Victoria round the corner. Also has a little 'back room cinema' showing films a few times a week for £3.
43 Choumert Road, SE15 4AR

The CLF Art Café (in the Bussey Building)
Bar/club/theatre/art/film. Somewhere we'll be frequenting fairly regularly, I'm sure.
Entrances at 133 Rye Lane and 133 Copeland Road, SE15.  

Places I want to visit and look at interesting things

South London Gallery
65-67 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH (at the end of my road- sweet!)
Gallery Road, Dulwich, SE21 7AD 

Horniman Museum and Gardens
100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ

On a related note, Peckham-based Helen Graves of really very good food blog Food Stories wrote a handy guide to Peckham's best food shops a little while back, which I'm sure I'll be utilising.

Also,  Le Cool recently started a series on the best spots for 'proper' coffee around London. The first post was about south east London, and I'm heartened by the glowing review of No67, the cafe at the South London Gallery. One to check out very soon...


  1. I'm keen to check out the South London Gallery too. There's a cafe/gallery further down the road from there towards Camberwell called House that I'd like to check out too.

    Hope you're settling in well. Would love a trip to the Gallery sometime once you're deadlines are over xxx

  2. Aw, a great list. I'm over that way too but more the Camberwell side. For cakes, yes to the South London Gallery. Blue Mountain cafe is also excellent if you can cope with the buggies in East Dulwich.
    There are so many good pubs around this area - The Bear on Camberwell New Road is probably also worth a visit (Wednesday is the Camberwell swing dancers night).

  3. Johanssons in grove lane is really good! and No.67 (next to south london gallery) is also great xx

  4. My friend has lived in Peckham and Dulwich before and really loved it. As someone who hasn't ever lived in London (but soon hopes to)! Peckham just brings connotations of Only Fools and Horses :p x

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  7. It's such a good idea to make a list of places to visit: I have lived in the same town all my life and still have not visited everyplace! It's east to get in a "rut"! You've inspired me to make a list of places I must give a go.

  8. Clearly a woman who has her priorities right - food, drink, art & culture. Parks and places to walk next, I think.

    Hope you are going to have a happy time south of the water.

  9. Wow, thanks for the tips guys - a great response! I'll be sure to add Blue Mountain, The Bear and House gallery to my list.

    And nice idea Colleen - I'll start collecting outdoorsey places for my next list... x

  10. Oh, I didn't realise you were a near neighbour! Blue Brick Cafe is fab - I especially recommend their Banoffee Pie which is deconstructed, not too sweet and DELICIOUS! I also like the Montpelier & The Victoria. Other places for your list: Ganapati for really good Keralan food; Melange chocolate shop; if you hop on the 37 to Herne Hill the Brockwell Lido cafe is great (but buggy filled during the day). Last but not least Le Chandelier for afternoon tea (review on my blog) - let me know if you fancy meeting up there for a cuppa.

    1. Sounds lovely :) I always find it a bit tricky to make day time plans as I spend half my weekends in Nottingham, or Ben is up here, but next time I have a weekend in London sans-boyfriend coming up I'll get in touch! Siobhan of Hello Flower lives nearby too - I'm sure she'd love to join us.

      p.s. I've had my eye on the Blue Brick Cafe for a while and now I know they do Banoffee pie I am THERE.

  11. I know you wrote this a little while a go but wanted to tell you about Thai Corner Cafe on North Cross Road. Amazing Thai food and bring your own beer, what more could you ask for!

    1. Only just saw this comment for some reason, so my reply is a bit delayed, but thanks for the tip! I do love a bit of Thai food. I see from their website they have tofu Pad Thai - woooo! :)


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