Not so long ago, Peckham was known for being a rundown and gritty. Then the city invested a ton of money upgrading transportation and housing, the artists and creatives moved in, and now young professionals are following. These days it's considered one of the coolest and most diverse spots in London. But for those who don't want an overly polished, bland neighborhood it's still got its rougher parts.
There’s a good mixture of property types for any need, from singles who want something modern to traditional family-friendly homes. Off of Rye Lane, which is packed with businesses, is a part of the neighborhood in high demand thanks to the quaint cottages. In Peckham North, you will find the younger population living in beautiful apartments above colorful shops.
Food is serious business here, with a ton of dining options from many difficult cultures. Around town are are galleries, cafes, multicultural grocers, and a high street with old-fashioned shops. There’s a Peckham Farmers Market each week that has some rare and unusual foods as well as a great selection of organic produce and meats.The Peckham Plex shows the latest movies and some award winning art films as well.
For those who do make the move, the Peckham Library is quite popular among all age groups as they have children’s programming, knitting clubs, and even get-togethers.
One additional feature makes Peckham unique: it's got a BMX track.
The City: 3.4 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 35-40 minutes by transit / 25-30 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 5 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit / 30-35 minutes by bike
Southwark: 2.6 miles / 15-25 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit / 15-20 minutes by bike
Westminster: 4.1 miles / 20-50 minutes by car / 30-45 minutes by transit / 25-30 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 4.6 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike