Things to do in Peckham

Many are calling Peckham the new Shoreditch, with an exciting food scene, thriving nightlife, fun activities on offer and an alternative street style. I just hope it doesn’t become as popular, nowadays it is difficult to fight your way through the phoneys on Shoreditch’s streets, Peckham still has a sense of mysterious allure. Here are a few of my favourite places in the neighbourhood.

Rooftop Film Club – This seasonal film club makes good use of the Bussey Building rooftop terrace. Presenting classic feel-good movies under the stars with comfy deck chairs and high quality wireless headphones and cosy blankets, all you need to remember is the popcorn!

Artusi – a darling little Italian restaurant serving up delicious home-cooked dishes. The menu changes regularly, we tried homemade Taliatelle Al Crudaiola and Leg of Lamb with courgette and aubergine. Pancotta and Peaches was the perfect summer’s dessert.

Frank’s Cafe – the most talked about bar in town is found on the top of a disused multi-storey car park in Peckham. Offering sublime views of the city and selling good food and drinks, it is the best place to watch the sun go down.

Begging Bowl – a relaxed and welcoming restaurant serving up fragrant and authentic Thai street food. Choose five small dishes between two people, the Stir fried beef sirloin with grilled chilli jam, onions and cumin was absolutely irresistible.

Bar Story – Youngsters flock to this bar for the cheap cocktail happy hour from 6-7 pm. Located beneath Peckham Rye station the bar has stark industrial design and list of classic drinks to choose from. I recommend the delicious Whiskey Sour.

Freixenet #LittleThings Event, Hoxton

Previous to this event, my knowledge of Freixenet was limited to occasionally spotting a bottle in my parents’ fridge. They are keen Cava drinkers so this suggested to me that the brand was worth looking out for. When the invite to Freixenet’s ‘Little Things’ event popped up in my inbox, I was intrigued and cancelled my pre-existing plans so I could accept.

A select group of bloggers met on the roof of the Queen of Hoxton in East London. The evening began with bespoke sparkling cocktails by renowned Catalan barman Javier de las Muelas alongside Spanish-themed canapés and delicious freshly carved Iberico ham.  The drinks were beautifully mixed and presented: Perfect Bellini, Garden Party and Black Luxury all using the Freixenet Cordon Negro.

We were blessed with bright sunshine and as we tasted a variety of the Freixenet range. The sun set magnificently before us harmonising with the pretty-in-pink Rose made with 100% Pinot Noir – the team had thought of everything. Next came fragrant dishes of paella followed by sugary churros with chocolate and strawberries, all prepared on the roof.

Stuffed full of food and drink, we reclined in the deckchairs for the grand viewing of the new promotional video, #LittleThings. This charming, comical series of four short films depicts surprise moments in life that are worth dancing about. It made the whole audience smile. Watch here.

Continuing in this vein, we then watched the classic 1980s feel-good movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, whilst enjoying Pops Classic Champagne ice lollies.

Zooming through London in the taxi home I looked through the goodie bag to discover a miniature bottle of Freixenet fizz. Every little thing was perfect about the evening: fun, food, films and fizz.

Learn more about Freixenet here.

Watch the #LittleThings video here.