Hipsters have been multiplying in Peckham since Frank’s Café repurposed the top storey of a car park almost ten years ago. Then, foodies started heading to Bellenden Road for The Begging Bowl’s Thai sharing plates and homemade pasta at Artusi. All this, years before theBussey building drew the dance crowds to town. Now, the spot drawing arty folk to the neighbourhood is Copeland Park. Chanel recently commissioned a Mirror Maze by Es Devlin which had fashion students queuing two times around the block. But on any other week there’s still lots to see, do and eat:
SEE Gallery Bosse and Baume exhibit contemporary art – right now a solo show by Glaswegian France-Lise McGurn – and the Copeland Gallery regularly hosts fairs showcasing a great mix of work from young fashion designers, illustrators and jewellers.
DO Ceramic studio The Kiln Rooms, holds fun workshops for beginners as well as practised potters.
EAT Head down for Bloody Marys and fried eggs on sourdough at potted-plant-filled The Nines. For lunch Oi Spaghetti cooks up pasta and tiramisu in an adorable shed-come-kitchen that just about seats five. Or book ahead for Forza Win’s Italian winter banquet feasts of artichoke frito miso followed by mushroom and truffle pappardelle.
Words by Tabitha Joyce. Iris Letter November 2016.