The other day I was asked this question on Twitter:
@manne I just moved to SE15, can I ask you for your neighbourhood food highlight list? I would really appreciate any tips!
While I am no expert on Peckham and its hidden treasures (that title certainly goes to Helen Graves of Food Stories, @FoodStories) it made me realise that I know quite a few places I frequently go back to.
Update 2011-04-14: Also see this food and drink map that Helen Graves made. With a bit of luck Lizzie at Hollow Legs will add info about New Cross to it. Some interesting places in New Cross these days, like the great coffee shop London Particular.
Update: Helen Graves has also published a list of her favourite food places around Peckham, do check it out!
Not wanting to disappoint, I quickly whipped up a Google map with my favourite Peckham food and drink places and tweeted the link to Arianna (if the link to the map isn't working in your browser, try using Firefox, right now there seems to be a bug in Google Maps links...):
View Peckham gems: food and restaurants in a larger map
(If you want to share the map with someone you can use this more compact link: http://goo.gl/maps/sJMw)
There is a special mention of Aldi in that map list, but for the best supermarket shopping I would recommend Sainsbury's in New Cross. Lots of buses going there from Queen's Road, huge place, great vegetables, nice deli section. Kick's the living daylight out of ASDA, Morrison's and the massive Tesco on Old Kent Road.
At time of writing this, there is of course also the fantastic burger popup #MEATEASY run by Yianni Papoutsis of The Meat Wagon just down the road in New Cross (which I had better point out, lest I would be accused of trying to big up Peckham a bit too much). So if you read this before mid March 2011, get your ass down there. It will love you for it.
The day after I sorted the above map out my friend Daf who also recently moved in to the area posted on Facebook a list of places he intends to visit. Here are some of the gems he has shortlisted in Peckham or nearby, to check out when you are not eating and drinking:
- New Gallery - looks funky and is either busy or empty.
- South London Gallery - has a nice little cafe, one for a chilled Sunday perhaps.
- Nunhead Cemetery - beautiful Victorian cemetery to stroll around in.
- MOCA London - point out that they have not joined forces with Saatchi (?) and is sort of a gallery kind of artsy space.
- The Rivoli - the only intact 1950s ballroom in London, hosts events and charity functions.
- House Gallery - in Camberwell, also has a nice little cafe to chill out in.
- Dulwich Picture Gallery - not in Peckham, but worth the trip cross the border to Dulwich. One of the oldest exhibition spaces in London.
Do keep in mind that you are just a short bus ride on the 345 away from Brixton, where you find a great food market, exiciting restaurants like Franco Manca, and Ritzy, one of the oldest still running cinemas in London!
That should keep a newcomer busy for some time, if you know places I have missed that definitely should be on this list, please leave a comment below! :)