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This south London district has seen a lot of changes over time and was a key player in British industry with the installation of the railway line in the late 1800’s. This grew the working-class population and this saw a noticeable increase in small businesses being established in the area. During the 1960’s, Peckham underwent a lot of redevelopment with residents being relocated from their run-down houses into high rise flats.

Over the last 30 years Peckham has seen more action than most London districts have seen in a century. The hipster capital of south London, Peckham is often referred to as the new Shoreditch, its super-cool credentials cemented by the trendy rooftop bars, arts events, classical concerts and its now-famous seaside-garden car park. Over the summer, programmes of visual arts, literature, music, food and drink is curated by art gallery owner Hannah Barry, while on the 10th floor, the rooftop Frank’s Café, an excellent place to watch the evening sun go down.

Peckham is only four miles south-east of central London, with Walworth and Elephant and Castle to the north, New Cross to the east, East Dulwich to the south and Camberwell to the west.

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Shopping and Culture

Peckham locals have always been proud of the area’s brand and now that the Overground has put Peckham within close distance of the capital’s young areas, it is thought to rival Hoxton, Dalston and all the other East End upstarts as the place to hang out and spend your weekends. The area is thriving with excellent restaurants, bars and shopping venues, with something to suit everyone due to the multicultural mix of residents and businesses in the area. For shopping in Peckham, you can head down to Rye Lane Market with 54 retail outlets and plenty of bargains to be found, it is a local favourite. There is also Bellenden Road littered with amazing cafes, restaurants and delis, it also has an array of boutique shops for the vintage collectors, chocolatiers and pet grooming parlours.

Sport and Leisure

At the centre of Peckham Rye there is a restored Victorian park boasting a manicured flower garden and Japanese garden. The South London Gallery is a leading contemporary art gallery with a vibrant café, the perfect venue for a weekend brunch. For those who would prefer to be relax with the latest box office hit, the Peckham Plex, situated in front of the multi-storey car park, is the local multiplex cinema.

There is also opportunity for fitness and leisure activities at the two nearest council-owned swimming pools: Pulse Healthy Living Centre on Melon Road and Dulwich Leisure Centre on Crystal Palace Road.

Primary and Secondary Education

1. Bellenden Primary School is an average sized school with approximately 268 pupils of mixed gender. There is a school-run breakfast and after-school club, as well as many sports clubs such as football, netball, basketball, steel pans and crochet.

2. Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park has two classes in each year from Nursery to Year 6 and all children attend full-time in Reception and part-time in Nursery. The school also runs a breakfast club.

3. Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College has pupils aged 3 – 18 and operates from three different sites. The college is governed by the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Educational Trust and is the lead school of the Trust’s Federation, incorporating two other local academies.

4. Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich is a secondary school for pupils aged 11 – 18 with approximately 450 students. The sixth form is part of a federation of Harris academies sixth form provision and the academy has specialisms of sport and enterprise.


The two local stations servicing Peckham, Peckham Rye and Queens Road, are both on the Overground with trains to Shoreditch High Street. Peckham Rye also has trains to Victoria in 13 minutes and 14-minute services to both Blackfriars and London Bridge.

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