Frugl Local: Peckham

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1. Peckham Rye Sings – There’s no better feeling than singing with a big bunch of people, so if the nearest you’ve come lately has been a drunken karaoke Mr.Brightside of football chants about a referee’s questionable sexual practices, you might want to try joining this community choir.  They meet every Monday, welcome all-comers and have a varied repetoire from Johnny Cash to Spanish lullabies to rousing gospel. Meets ever Monday from 7:30pm – 9pm at The Copleston Centre, Copleston Road, SE15 4AN

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2. Peckham Pelican – The Pelican is the very best of modern pubs.  Not just somewhere to sink a couple of ales and enjoy a hearty Scotch egg, but also a hub of the local creative community.  It exhibits a different collection of artwork every month as well as literary events, theatre scratch nights and political events. 92 Peckham Road, London, SE15 5PY

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3. CLF Art Cafe aka The Bussey Building – It’s not just The Pelican that is a hive of activity in Peckham.  This reclaimed warehouse has been quietly and not so quietly going about its business since its first very tentative steps in 2007. Since then it has producer music, theatre, film, anime, art and comedy events.  Over that time they’ve built up relationships with big hitters such as Bestival, The Royal Court and Phlegm Art Exhibitions as well as many more independent and smaller promoters, artists, thinkers and exhibitors.  But it’s at night that this place really heats up, with tremendous soul, disco, funk, hip-hop and lashings more good times.  Block A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST

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4. The Begging Bowl – This place just has to get a mention.  Since it opened in it has become a hub for anyone who enjoys a hefty East-Asian kick to their food.  If you’re walet mostly contains moths in it you can still eat well here.  Pop in for a quick snack of one of the 3 S’s: Sticky pork belly with cassia and star anise, stir-fry of morning glory with crispy Thai garlic, soy & white pepper or spiced mutton wrapped in crispy roti dough.  With limitless rice for £2 you can feel nicely stuffed with some crackerjack fireworks lighting up your tongue. 168 Bellenden Rd, London, Peckham, Greater London SE15 4BW

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5. The Four Quarters – Remember when you were 14 and all that mattered was your Mega Drive, your big brother’s record collection and, if you were lucky, nicking one of your Dad’s beers whilst he was out?  Well in Peckham there is a place that will be teenage valhalla for games, pinball wizards, craft beer conoisseurs and lovers of all the very best things in life. 187 Rye Lane, Peckham, Greater London SE15 4TP

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6. Persepolis – We’d love to tell you that this is an emptied shop-front dedicated to playing one of our favourite animation films on a constant loop, but it’s something almost as good.  Hidden within the inviting nook on Peckham High Street you can find all manner of exotic tidbits and flavour explosions including remarkably generous mezzes for £5, baked sweet potato filled with Persian baked beans that will make you wonder why Heinz doesn’t move production to Tehran and the most fragrant Persian tea in town.  Hospitality has never been this tasty. 28-30 Peckham High St, London SE15 5DT

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7. Bar Story – Treat yourself and a mate to a finely crafted and heartily deserved post-work cocktail here at their 2-4-1 week night Happy Hour. Just £3.50 each and you could be supping an espresso martini on a Wednesday and live out your Mad Men fantasy. 213 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL

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8. Peckhamplex – Ah, the heady days of the 1990s: when going to the cinema wasn’t something you had to save up for and you’d have enough money left from a tenner to buy the biggest popcorn available. Our friends at the Peckhamplex have turned themselves into a people’s cinema: all day, every day, every film for just £4.99.  Which leaves you more money to spend on buckets of popcorn and mega-Cokes the size of your head. 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST

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9. Canavan’s Pool Hall – Think you’ve got the sort of hustling skills that would make you a sharp-shooting legend in the Old West?  Or at least enough to give John Virgo a scare?  This is one of our favourite haunts: great music, welcoming vibe and hours of cheap fun on their tables of both pool and ping pong.  188 Rye Lane, London SE15 4NF

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10. Peckham Bazaar – Londoners will proudly tell you that they live in the most multi-cultural city on the planet, but how many of them ever go out for anything other than a pizza, curry or noodles? The real explorers can be found here at this Balkan (mostly Albanian) restaurant with an ever-changing menu that includes grilled scallop, octopus and a thunderingly tasty rabbit and apricot pastilla, all for under a tenner each. 119 Consort Rd, London SE15 3RU

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11. The Sunday Painter –  It’s no secret that Peckham has become a hub for all sorts of bright new emerging artists, not least because of its proximity to Goldsmiths Uni.  Enjoy a breezy hour viewing everything from intricate pencil drawings to cutting edge video art. 12-16 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL

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12. Anderson & Co.- One thing we always look for in a cafe is a place that doesn’t put time constraints on breakfast.  Whether you’re a night owl or just a lazy bum, the good people of Anderson & Co. will be ready until 3pm to serve you rocket fuel coffee, Brindisa-sourced chorizo sausages or porridge laden with fruity goodness to kickstart your day no matter what the time on the clock says. 139 Bellenden Road, London, SE15 4DH

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13. The Dye House – Few locations encapsulate the regeneration of Peckham better than this reclaimed industrial space which is now constantly brimful with remarkable and striking works of sculpture, design and film-making, plus a cracking roof terrace on which to enjoy the London skyline from an unexpected angle. Nutbrook Studios, 33 Nutbook Street, SE15 4JU

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14. Review – If bookshelves are that vital that make a house a home, then it’s independent bookshops which breath life into local areas.  This one comes as snug and inviting as any, is a hub for regular literary events and is endearingly obsessed with any and all literature focused on dogs.  Furry reading partners welcome as well, it would seem… 131 Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 4QY

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15. Peckham Palais – This multi-level club and arts space in the heart of South London and a major calling card for the area.  Just like the re-purposed Bussey building, this ex-department store has gone from dereliction to be resurrected in a new, beautiful incarnation. Split across three floors, this venue has eccentric 70’s style big spaces serving for club nights which will give you an almighty bang for your buck! 1 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 5EW

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