Peckham is fast becoming one of London’s trendiest areas and is one of the places to visit and explore in 2016. From quirky independent shops to fabulous restaurants there is much to recommend this South-East London district.
Peckham Rye Park and Common
Perhaps one of the lesser known parks in London, Peckham Rye Park and Common is nevertheless a wonderful space to visit if you want to indulge in some fresh air. It features a newly restored Victorian park, ornamental gardens, streams, woodland, a lake, playgrounds and areas for playing a game or two as well. It’s the perfect place to head whether you want to take some time out and unwind as you wander through the Japanese gardens or burn off some energy playing an impromptu game of football.
If you are taking advantage of one of The Montcalm Club Packages and staying near to Peckham then make sure you factor in time to catch a film at the PeckhamPlex; everything about this cinema screams the 1980s old school and this is partly what makes the experience so very charming. Tickets are fairly cheap at around £5 each and there is a great mixed programme of newer blockbusters alongside independent and indie films. Whilst you won’t get anything fancy here, that is the attraction of the PeckhamPlex and the reason it is still going strong.
From the Montcalm Shoreditch hotel London it would take just over 20 minutes via public transport to reach Frank’s but the trip would almost definitely be worth it. From the view across London to the regularly changing programme of events, not to mention the great food and drink, there is a lot to recommend Frank’s to visitors. This former multi-storey car park is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the city with a drink in hand and from your vantage point it is possible to see landmarks such as the O2 arena, Battersea Power Station and more.
The Bussey Building
Also known as the CLF Art Café, the Bussey Building is a multi-level warehouse space which is ever-changing. Sometimes you will find theatre and cabaret performances, sometimes comedy and film, sometimes music. It has been open for over 120 years and is the place you are as likely to find an up and coming performer as a world-class act. The Bussey Building is also one of the venues used during festivals such as Bestival and Secret Sundaze.
Shopping in Peckham
Peckham also has a number of great shopping options for those who like a little retail therapy. Bellenden Road is home to many boutique shops which sell vintage clothing and homeware items, chocolatiers, cafes, restaurants and much more. There is also Rye Lane Market which is a bit more ‘down to earth’ than Bellenden Road and features over 50 shops selling a variety of items with plenty of bargains to be found. Vintage Threads Peckham is also worth a visit; home to clothing for men, women and children, this store is quite unique in its offerings as many vintage stores tend to focus predominantly on women’s clothing alone.