Bye, Bye Del Boy
The theory behind #VillageLondon is that the city is a made up of a collection of many villages. Each area has its own unique identity both part of and independent to the rest of the greater whole. And nowhere captures this more than Peckham.
Stepping off the train at Peckham Rye station, which is serviced by both the London Overground line and the Southeastern railway, you are greeted by a number of market stalls selling everything from clothing to fresh produce such as fish, meat and veg. Del Boy and Rodney would be proud but it’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Peckham.
Leave the hustle and bustle of the main high street and you are transported to a quaint, picturesque village environment. Bellenden Road is populated by a host of independent shops, not a Starbucks, Sainsbury’s or KFC in sight. Instead you get little coffee shops like Trio, warm welcoming shops like the Village Grocer and the glorious Flock & Herd Butchery.
The word ‘trendy’ gets thrown around a lot within the industry at the moment in regards to local butchersLyle - Flock & Herd
That’s right, a local butcher. Not long ago such a concept was becoming antiquated but the times they are a changing and local butchers are now considered trendy. Lyle, who works at Flock & Herd is all too aware of this: “The word ‘trendy’ gets thrown around a lot within the industry at the moment in regards to local butchers. We’re all quite young here, we’re passionate about what we do.”
Entering Flock & Herd there is no denying this. Everything is beautifully presented; Flock & Herd are true artisans when it comes to their craft. As Lyle points out “When buying meat people can become easily confused by the choices on offer and this is in no small part down to the way people have got used to buying meat off a shelf in a supermarket. Here we try and keep everything simple, if people want to ask questions we encourage that, we want to help the customer find exactly what they’re after.”
Here we try and keep everything simple, if people want to ask questions we encourage that, we want to help the customer find exactly what they’re after.Lyle - Flock & Herd
A Perfect Balance
What the shops on Bellenden Road represent is a shift in London living. The desire for the buzz of the capital is easily reachable but in this more residential area life seems to move at a healthier, more comforting pace. Peckham is forming a sense of community. Lyle captures this perfectly when he says “It is very family based, dads with kids come in on a Saturday morning, during the week we get the mums coming in as they venture to a coffee shop like Trio across the street. It’s great for children around here, very community based and lots of parks around here as well.”
Of course, it helps that outlets like Flock & Herd are tapping into the desire to know where produce comes from. Lyle says, “We source everything ourselves, we go to the farms and know the farmers. We have a good relationship with our suppliers. Everything is free range.”
It’s great for children around here, very community based and lots of parks around here as well.Lyle - Flock & Herd
Peckham represents that dream London location, a place in which quiet village life is coupled with a vibrant nightlife, with the likes of Bar Story, Peckham Springs and The Bussey Building. If you are looking to live in an area that bridges these two worlds, now is the time to buy in Peckham.