Once renowned as one of South East London’s dodgy urban neighbourhoods most would be afraid to set foot in, Peckham is now the epitome of city gentrification. The introduction of the Overground line in 2012, running through to Peckham Rye between Clapham Junction and Dalston Junction may well be a heavy contributor to this.
Now, artsy cafes, shabby-chic vintage clothing shops, and buzzy bars serving cocktails in jam jars sit between the fried chicken shops and the cut-price nail salons. With this brings flocks of art students, young professionals, and yummy mummies.
Still, the contrast in the district is a fascinating one. Despite the recent influx of money, the original sense of community is still very much present. Interestingly, huge African populations are living in the area.
Stroll down Rye Lane and it won’t be long until you discover corner stores selling yams and takeaway shops dishing up warm plates of chicken stew, jollof rice, and plantain. Weave between these mixes of cultures and lifestyles and a visit to Peckham is sure to be a unique one.