The Kip Guide to Peckham
From retro arcade games to a rooftop bar on a multistorey car park—where to eat, drink, shop and explore in Peckham.
If you’re looking for a hidden gem, Peckham’s got you. Just like our Hackney home-turf, it has everything you need for a full day of browsing through independent boutiques, catching the latest food trend, or chilling with mates over a few locally-brewed craft beers.
Sound good to you? Come with us to explore one of the coolest neighbourhoods south of the Thames.
Where to eat in Peckham
Painted concrete walls meet mid-century furniture, the interiors of this sunny spot are enough to draw you in—and trust us when we say, you’ll be glad you walked through the door. The menu is designed to ‘celebrate hunters and foragers’—meaning every plate is stacked with the best seasonal ingredients. Whether you’re visiting for dinner, or their anything-but-ordinary take on brunch, you’ll get the best of South Africa and London on a well-presented plate.
Where: 119 Queens Road, Peckham, South East London, SE15 2EZ
Fleeing from war in her home of Qaladze (now Iraqi Kurdistan), Pary Baban—owner of Nandine—travelled from village to village, picking up recipes along the way. This family-run restaurant is built on those recipes. In three words, the Kurdish menu is colourful, vibrant and flavourful. Arrive hungry and eat lots.
Where: 82 Vestry Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 8PQ and 45 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, SE5 8TR
Minimalist decor and fresh handmade pasta, Artusi is a Michelin-guide Italian restaurant after our hearts. They have, what they call a ‘chalkboard menu’, to allow for quick edits in response to seasonal produce, or exciting new ingredients that have made their way to the kitchen from their local suppliers. It’s the perfect place to take a date, or gather mates for a night of good food and good company.
Where: 161 Bellenden Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4DH
Where to go for drinks in Peckham
We mentioned a bar on the roof of a multistorey carpark—Franks is that bar. Come summer, this place is buzzing with locals, all armed with rounds of sunset Negronis, which is just one of the reasons why it’s in our top pick of rooftop bars in the city. If you’re new to London (welcome) this is a great place to see the skyline and join the party.
Where: Bold Tendencies, Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, London, SE15 4TG
Sitting in a railway arch behind Peckham Rye station, you’ll find Brick Brewery. If the malty smell of hops doesn’t give it away, the distant hum of music and a party should point you in the right direction. Their bar (aptly called the Tap Room) has 20 craft beers poured straight from the source and guest draughts that have been hand-selected from other breweries. Grab a pint and perch yourself on a bench—you’ll be sure to make friends in no time.
Where: Blenheim Grove, Peckham, London SE15 4QL
Two Hundred Rye Lane
Two Hundred Rye Lane does two things—small plates and cocktails. But as we’re in the ‘drinks’ section of this guide, we’ll focus on the latter. The space is bright, airy and open all day, so you can enjoy a Kaffir Julep whenever you like, without sacrificing daylight in an underground speakeasy. What’s more, they have a beer garden and their very reasonable happy hour runs Monday to Thursday (£3 beers, £15 wines, £5 cocktails ‘til 9pm). Who’s getting the first round in?
Where: 200 Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4NF
Drinks, snacks, views—the winning combo behind this rooftop bar in Peckham (yes, another one, the real party’s above-ground around these parts.) Even though it’s in southeast London, it has a bit of a New York vibe to it, with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace. If you want to combine the rooftop experience with a glass of rioja and some Italian small plates, Forza Wine’s for the win.
Where: Floor 5, 133 Rye Ln, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST.
Where to shop in Peckham
Launched by three sisters—Disha, Apee and Yukti (D.A.Y) this Scandi-style boutique is a must-visit on Peckham’s Bellenden Road. They stock independent designers from all over the world for menswear, womenswear and accessories, tailoring their selection for timeless, sophisticated style. With résumés that include Net-a-Porter, Stella & Dot and Ted Baker, their in-store styling service is golden. PS: There’s a great interview with the sisters over on SouthEast15.
Where: 143 Bellenden Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4DH
If you’re looking to redecorate your home, you’ll want to meet Att Pynta. Launched by two friends (Amanda and Kai) who had the idea during a coffee break, the luxury homeware brand creates furniture, textiles and finishing touches for the clean, Scandinavian home of your dreams. Their studio is in Peckham’s Bussey building, where you can make an appointment to check out their showroom.
Where: 53 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU
No kitchen, no desk and no hotel room (at least for us) is complete without some plants. L’Appartement is a colourful jungle on Peckham’s Bellenden Road (just down from D.A.Y) and has a wide range of ferns, cacti, and palms to grow your own indoor landscape. Plus, the two ladies who own and run the business are creative powerhouses ??
Where: 144 Bellenden Road Yard
On the corner of a Peckham sidestreet (Bellenden Road again) you’ll find Review—one of the most treasured stores in the neighbourhood. Run by novelist Evie Wyld, it’s full of page-turners and home to Peckham’s annual Literary Festival. Grab a coffee nearby, pick up something by an author you don’t know and sit outside the shop on a sunny afternoon.
Where: 131 Bellenden Rd, Peckham, SE15 4QY
What to do in Peckham
Play retro arcade games
When was the last time you played Street Fighter 2 or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? The Four Quarters bar on Peckham’s bustling Rye Lane has them all. Here, you’ll find 15 original arcade cabs from the early 80’s up to the 2000’s, a cosy upstairs room with 10 retro consoles (open Fri-Sat) and a hidden basement cocktail bar and club space called ‘The Confession Box’.
Where: 87 Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4TP
Go to an independent cinema
Since 1994, Peckhamplex has been bringing the movies to this community. Screening mainstream, art-house, foreign language and independent films, it’s easy to see why it was voted Best Value Cinema by Time Out magazine.
Where: 95A Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4ST
Listen to live music
The CLF Art Cafe isn’t shy when it comes to its music line-up, describing one of their events as “an audio blowtorch setting the room alight”. Expect disco, funk, and soul blaring from the speakers, with great artists, live performances and a buzzy, local crowd in Peckham’s Bussey building.
Where: Block A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4ST
How to get to Peckham from Kip Hotel, Hackney
So, if you’re staying with us, it couldn’t be easier to get to Peckham. We’re right next to Hackney Central Overground, so jump on the train towards Clapham Junction, get off at Dalston Kingsland, then walk to Dalston Junction (it takes around 4 minutes).
From Dalston Junction, get the overground towards Clapham Junction (it’s a different route) until you reach Peckham Rye.