Open only in the summer, this Peckham gem is a bar, restaurant, event and art space found on the top of a multi-story car park. Boasting an impressive rustic menu made from seasonal produce, and an impressive cocktail list, Frank’s is also home to one of the most impressive views across the city that looks like it was made for a good sunset Instagram shot. It’s become a firm favourite with Peckham residents since it opened in 2008 and it’s no surprise why.
The Ivy House Pub
The first of its kind, The Ivy House Pub is a co-operatively owned pub that has become listed as an Asset of Community Value, after it was bought by the community under the Localism Act having been to a property developer who planned to gut it and turn it into residential accomodation. Having opened in 2013 the pub can be seen as a symbol of the community spirit within Peckham. It stocks some of the best beer from London’s breweries and is Grade II listed thanks to its 1930’s interior.
PeckhamPlex has been named as London’s most successful independent cinema and it’s no stretch to see why it’s so loved by its customers. With cinema ticket prices reaching eye-watering levels, PeckhamPlex prides itself on all of its tickets costing just £4.99, or £5.99 for a 3D film. An affordable rough diamond in a sea of generic cinema chains, it’s one of London’s best-kept secrets, just minutes away from Peckham Rye station.
South London Gallery
Having opened in 1891, the South London Gallery – or SLG as it’s often referred to - is an internationally acclaimed gallery which focuses on contemporary art and has been free for the public to visit since it first opened its doors. It has a strong community feel, running free family workshops every Sunday, creative play activities on Sceaux Gardens housing estate, as well as artist-led projects on other local housing estates and a play project for 200 looked-after children between the ages of 7 – 12, funded by the BBC Children in Need.
Peckham Rye Park and Common
Living in the city doesn’t have to mean giving up green space, and Peckham Rye Park and Common is a perfect example of that. A Victorian Park and historic common, this quiet park is the spot that William Blake claimed to see angelic visions, and is home to ornamental gardens, woodland, a lake and stream and a nature garden, where young people from the area can have the chance to learn more about the natural habitats of wildlife.