Spring Peckham Pop-ups

Peckham is a fertile temporary home for pop-up ventures, with plenty of disused buildings to transform and a crowd of eager locals willing to try anything. And as the warm weather approaches, South London is beginning to boom again with markets, events and short-term food and drink offerings. Here are a few fleeting foodie fixtures I’ve discovered in my neighbourhood of Peckham recently.

Crust Conductor – the concept is simple… wood-fired pizza on a stationary double decker bus! The retro London Leyland Titan 1980s bus is found next door to Peckham Rye Station and is open for business all day Saturday and Friday nights. For the ultimate party you can hire the whole bus from Thursday-Sunday. Jonny Henfrey from popular Peckham pub The Gowlett uses a wood-fire oven within the vehicle to create cheesy delights. For a thirst-quenching drink buy a beer from Brick Brewery just outside the bus, the perfect pizza accompaniment. Pizzas start at £6, I loved the Spanish Archer with chorizo, chargrilled peppers and garlic (£8).

Burger Bear – I’d heard of this elusive burger company from fellow foodies, but had never made it along to one of its obscure market spots. Now that it’s got a residency in The Old Nun’s Head pub, I was the first in line to try the juicy burgers. This friendly pub is hosting the Burger Bear team every Monday and Tuesday 6-10pm and Saturdays 12-10pm. The BB boys like to keep it local, all their meat is sourced from South London butchery Flock & Herd. I recommend the sloppy and indulgent ‘Grizzly Bear’, a cheeseburger topped with double oak smoked bacon and Burger Bears Bacon Jam, £10.

Forza Win – Forza Win aims to create “awesome Italian cuisine using seasonal British ingredients”. The company has been around for a few years, touring London using neglected but atmospheric spaces and serving up flavoursome seasonal food. Last month the team came back to their Peckham homeland with a new concept: Spring Chickens. For £35 a head you will get a five course feast, featuring the ‘100 day chicken’. Or for something cheap and casual, every Wednesday you can just turn up for a bowl of pasta and glass of wine for £10.

Frank’s – London’s most popular seasonal rooftop bar is reopening in May ready for another summer of fun. Trek up to the top of the multi-storey carpark, grab an Aperol Spritz from the bar and enjoy the hazy views of London’s skyline.

For more ideas of things to do in Peckham see my post here.

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.