Having had a reputation as a run-down part of London, Peckham has been regenerated via its lively cultural activities and investment in new homes, a library and leisure centre.
Named ' Pecheham' in the 1086 Domesday Book, Peckham was a rural area for most of its history with orchards and market gardens to supply London. It became a wealthy residential area in the 16th century and was a final overnight stop in the transportation of livestock to London markets. Transport links, including Thomas Tilling's horse drawn omnibus in 1861 and the rail station at Peckham Rye in 1865, promoted the building of houses and Peckham Rye was bought by a local church to ensure that some common land remained undeveloped. The area around the station became a busy commercial and shopping centre.
Leisure & Amenities
Peckham offers music, arts, cafes; far too many to name but here is a selection.
Places to go and things to do
- PeckhamPlex Cinema
- Peckham Library
- CLF art cafe/nightclub in the Bussey Building
- Bellenden Road - villagey area with local independent shops and cafes
- Rye Lane - food from all over the world
- Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre
- Peckham Rye Common and Park
Eating and drinking ideas:
- Ganapati Indian restaurant
- JB's Soul Food
- The Montpellier pub
- Frank's - rooftop cafe/bar
- Peckham Rye station for London Overground and Southern trains.
- Buses to the rest of south London and to the north.
- Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts is moving to a new building in Peckham in 2018.