16 September 2009

don't feel sorry for me...

...because I live in Peckham! I can't say it's gone un-noticed...

WHY? Beautiful old houses are aplenty...

When I announce the fact that I live in Peckham, the reaction is rather disappointing I have to say.
"Oh God, how do you manage to get to work?", "where is Peckham exactly?", even words like "Ghetto" and "I don't even like driving through Peckham if it's after 11 o'clock" or " I feel like I'm on a Crime Watch reconstruction".
Well, if you live here, then you do become kind of proud. It's actually in zone 2 of central London "gasp, you mean south of the river?" YES.
It's a dense mix of African, West-Indian, Chinese, Indian and Muslim communities that only a city like London could sustain.

I live on an incredibly long leafy road, at one end is a food market where I feel like I am actually in Ghana or Jamaica, at the other end, I could be in Highgate

(huge old 'London Plane' trees)

Petitou cafe, oh. my. god. its soooo good in there!

a nice French lady making beautiful fresh chocolates in her little shop.

sitting in the shade watching things go past...

an amazing pub with well priced delicious food and friendly staff, and you can always get a table in here.

I like the fact that there's a well renowned Art College and one of the most highly respected Institute of Psychiatry in the world (very useful in such a mixed up part of London me thinks!) and a lovely bookshop what more do you need?.
You can leave all that 'East Dulwich' nonsense behind, and meet some very interesting people who do interesting things (and even look interesting).

(stunning old shops just crying out for some local jewellery making people to come and rescue it)

'enough coins for tea & cake?'

So, I conclude... I'm not saying I want everyone to want to come and live in Peckham (I don't want the house prices to go up thank you) but just remember the next time you meet a Peckhamish person, how lovely it is where they live and you might even consider going to visit them one day! Forget about the crime rate...it's just a passing phase!
Some other tourist attractions in Peckham are: Bar Story, House Cafe & Gallery, South London Gallery , Peckham Rye Park , and Peckham Farmer's market .
*advice, avoid Peckham Rye Lane at all costs, or cover your mouth and nose!


  1. Love this post. It makes me want to get on the train to the big smoke and ride around on my bike looking at things. I used to live in Moss side in Manchester and people had the same reaction when I told them where I lived...but dispite the bad stuff (and belive the hype...there was a lot of gun crime) there was a really lovely community spirit.

    So horray for Peckham!

  2. OMG..you live in the Brooklyn of London!! As a born and bred Brooklynite I can understand your pride and affection for your "hood"! Out of such amazingly diverse areas come the most creative and wonderful things..and then they become gentrified..sigh

  3. Living up the road in Brockley/Lewisham i know exactly how you feel - people are so scathing until they come to visit and see how leafy it is and marvel and the beautiful houses - this is normally followed by a smug comment from me about how cheap rents are in South East London!

  4. I'd be proud too...it looks wonderful :)

  5. Sounds great - brings back so many memories. Some of my friends lived in Peckham when I was at Uni. I went to Goldsmiths in New Cross. Walked through Deptford and Lewisham every day, although "lucky"?? enough to live in Greenwich / Blackheath. I love the diversity of London, miss it.

  6. Whenever i hear of peckham i think of "Only Fools And Horses"! but you have painted a far nicer picture. Somewhere i would like to stay if i ever moved to London.

  7. u summed up peckham rather nicely i would say (im not from england so i didnt know about the place)... and no it doesn't sound like i place i wouldn't live in =)

  8. looks like Peckham is a well-kept secret!

    oh and by the way, how are your Kate Kanzier shoes holding up? i have had three pairs now, and they have ALL fallen apart. most disappointing.

  9. Thank you for sharing your virtual tour of Peckham, like many parts to the city there are some hidden gems which makes a place so diverse.
    The London Plane trees are so magnificent , I only found out recently that they are able to effectively reduce pollution…amazing!

  10. Yay! a mini Brooklyn, right here in London! me 'hood' is the cooliest! (& its cheaper too)

    'Only Fools and Horses' was actually filmed in Bristol, but there is a Mandela Road and a Nag's Head!

    & Nath, sorry to hear about your shoes! Can't say I've had any problems with my shoes from Kanzier...you should get a refund if it happened 3 times though?

  11. That was really lovely!
    Thanks for the tour - I love your photography.

  12. Artemis
    i think that we live where we want and that should suffice when people hear where you live ;-) too much "snottery" I say ;-)))
    Peckham rocks!
    ps. i too had issues with the sandals i bought at KK, but nothing a bit of superglue or a market could not sort out ;-) lets just say that they are not shoes for a lifetime but I don't think i would like something for such a long time anyway ! ;-)

  13. I loved reading this!
    Cause I love Peckham too!
    I've lived here for 6 years now and can't imagine moving away.
    Gorgeous pictures