PECK­HAM

GQ (Australia) - - FRONT PAGE -

FOR­GET DAL­STON (AND DEL BOY), THIS IS LON­DON’S COOL NEW EN­CLAVE.

Five clicks from the glitz of May­fair, Peck­ham does its best to avoid the lime­light. Clut­tered with book­ies, ke­bab ven­dors and du­bi­ous re­tail­ers like ‘Ar­mani’ (a beau­ti­cian), its streets are of­ten filled with wail­ing sirens and the mixed aroma of weed and bar­be­cue. But don’t be fooled: it’s also the most sought-af­ter spot in Eng­land right now – this vi­brant strip south of the Thames steal­ing the crown from former hip­ster post code, Dal­ston. First the artists came, then a party scene fol­lowed – with­out erod­ing the area’s postin­dus­trial charm. So, ig­nore the bright lights of the city cen­tre and make the pil­grim­age to en­joy this pre­vi­ously unloved cor­ner of old Lon­don town.

1. ACETATE ‘YEATS’ GLASSES, $95, BY

2. COT­TON/ LINEN SHIRT, $250, BY AT

3. SUEDE SHOES, $770, BY HIP­STERS STREET FOOD SHOP­PING ROOFTOP RAVES FIXED-GEAR BIKES FOOLS AND HORSES Visit in sum­mer, be­tween June and Septem­ber, when two of Lon­don’s best high­rise venues open up. Frank’s, on the 10th floor of a mul­ti­storey car park, mixes up ne­gro­nis with stun­ning sun­sets; the Bussey Build­ing rooftop of­fers DJ sets and 360-de­gree views. Try the Peck­ham In­de­pen­dent [record] La­bel Fair (April), the tri­fecta of the Munch Food (July), Peck­ham and Nun­head Free Film (Septem­ber) and Re­view Lit­er­ary (Novem­ber) fes­ti­vals, or the Pex­mas Christ­mas mar­ket (De­cem­ber). Af­ter a rooftop rave, crea­ture com­forts are es­sen­tial. The five-star Shangri-la Ho­tel sits atop Lon­don’s most im­pos­ing ar­chi­tec­tural ad­di­tion, The ‘Full Span­glish’ at No. 67, then get a taste of the lo­cal arts scene at the at­tached South Lon­don Gallery. The Bussey’s CLF (Chronic Love Foun­da­tion) Art Cafe hosts ev­ery­thing from techno raves to soul-fests. Peck­ham Palais is a famed lo­cal club­bing spot and Cana­van’s Peck­ham Pool Club kicks off when oth­ers are shut­ting their doors. Wel­come to the epi­cen­tre of Lon­don’s street-food scene. Mar­ket stalls off

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