The hipster capital of south London, Peckham is often referred to as the new Shoreditch. There is now a buzz around the cheaper area north of Queens Road, with plans for an extension of the Bakerloo line along Old Kent Road by 2028.
The area boasts fine Georgian houses in Peckham Rye, flat-fronted early Victorian terrace houses large and small, roads of Victorian bow-fronted terrace houses — some of them converted into flats — plus warehouse conversions, modern apartments and estates of social housing.
Peckham Rye Park and Peckham Rye Common together make up 113 acres of open recreational grassland, ornamental and water gardens, a lake and woodland. There is also a children's play site and an older children's adventure playground.
The two local stations, Peckham Rye and Queens Road, are both on the Overground with trains to Shoreditch High Street. Peckham Rye also has trains to Victoria in 13 minutes and 14-minute services to both Blackfriars and London Bridge. Queens Road services to London Bridge take 10 minutes.
Peckham has many state primary schools rated “good” by Ofsted, and John Donne and Harris Primary Free School are "outstanding". The following state secondary schools are rated “outstanding”: Harris Academy Peckham; St Thomas the Apostle RC; Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich; Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich; Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College; Charter School
There is upmarket butcher Flock & Herd; vintage furniture shop Frost; delicatessen General Store; bookshop Review; independent coffee shop and restaurant Anderson & Co, Artusi, a restaurant specialising in food with an Italian twist, and popular Begging Bowl, an Asian restaurant.
Rye Lane is a busy high street with branches of Primark, Peacocks, Argos and Morrisons and plenty of shops that serve the Caribbean and African communities, including the much-loved Khan’s Bargain, which stocks everything from fruit and vegetables to world foods, to garden supplies to electricals.
Frank’s Café is the trendy bar and restaurant on the top floor of Peckham multi-storey car park in Rye Lane. Bar Storey is a bar in the railway arches under Peckham Rye station. The incredible post-industrial Bussey Building is one of London's best venues – warehouse-style club by night and a top arts venue by day.