Peckham is a part of London so rich in culture and diversity that I’m not at all surprised it is now a hub of London’s art scene.  Such are the rents in Mayfair, that much of the creative talent has moved out, and to Peckham’s advantage.

Peckham Rye station takes you to the heart of Peckham.  There are market stalls everywhere you turn, laden fruit stalls,  and splendid characters  wherever your eye takes you, along with some gorgeous coffee shops and eating places.

In our curated art tour of  galleries, with Amanda Lambert, we were introduced to established artists, new artists, and had conversations with the gallery owners and their assistants. You honestly get such a different perspective of the story behind the art, it is really worth doing.

So for a fun day in Peckham,  arrive late morning for a coffee, and have your plan of galleries to visit.  I’ve given you suggestions for lunch, and come sunset I’d head to the Peckham Room top cinema or the roof top bar at Frank’s Cafe above Peckhamplex, for the summer art installations alone.

I left Peckham looking for any excuse to go back, and I surely will, but with a bigger shopping basket for all the fruit I saw – Summer is lovin it!

Breakfast/coffee :

Brick House Sourdough Bakery & Bar.


Artisu for Italian pan Asian
The Begging Bowl
Forza Win – Italian
Peckham Refreshment Rooms – very good sandwiches

Sundowners in Peckham:

Frank’s Cafe at Peckhamplex
Bussey Peckham Roof Cinema

Eating out (outside space): 

The Nines – basic good food in Copeland Yard
Crust Conductor – Pizza from a bus, again in Copland Yard

Culture Vulture:

We visited Rod Barton Gallery, Bosse & Baum, The Sunday Painter, Hannah Barry Gallery and the Bold Tendancies at the top of Peckhamplex, which has at least 8 art installations. During June & July they have some orchestral concerts. Click HERE for details


She said: “Didn’t think I’d like it at all, was so pleasantly surprised. It made a huge difference going with someone who knew the area, and having a plan”

He said: Nothing, because he hasn’t been yet! Watch this space…

Teens said: “Loved the whole Peckham vibe, and the street art”