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.
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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