Park yourself at Peckham Levels for a proper day out.
Clearly, Peckham has been watching too many teen movies, because they decided to give their main character a, like, totally rad makeover! Peckham Levels was once a gloomy multi-storey car park, but has undergone a magical metamorphosis. Now, it stands tall as a hub of food, music, and culture. Not bad for a place that once looked like this:
With the addition of studio space, a street food market, a coffee roastery, and live music venues, it looks a darn sight nicer. And after a year of being closed due to the pandemic, Peckham Levels has had even more upgrades. As a little reopening surprise, visitors can get 20% off all food and drink on Thursdays and Fridays (4-6pm) throughout July.
Peckham Levels was designed as a community space that would support local people whilst drawing visitors. The first four floors are office space and studios for a diverse range of businesses, including hairdressers, tattoo studios, and jewellery makers.
Guests will want to head to levels 5 and 6, where the bulk of the fun stuff takes place. Anyone getting peckish in Peckham will be well catered for with all the street food the Levels can offer. Expect Korean dishes from Green Choy, delicious slices from 081 Pizzeria, fusion soul food from Bando Belly, Delhi-inspired street food from Boxwallah, Brazilian BBQ from Ipanema Grill, West African cuisine from Plantain Kitchen, and killer Ethiopian food from Beza Ethiopian.
Peckham Levels can quench your thirst too; Lady Godiva offers craft beers and small-batch spirits, whilst cocktail bar Near & Far comes from the creators of The Magic Roundabout. They’ll mix you up an Emergency Brexit, perfect for sipping whilst you admire the pretty decor and lovely views of Peckham. The brand new coffee spot, Old Spike Roastery, donates 65% of its profits to support people experiencing homelessness.
Peckham Levels also includes Level Six, a yoga and fitness studio, for those who prefer downward dog to stuffing their faces. Creative types can make use of 3rd Rail Print Space. There’s also a terrace, the Chill-Out Zone which is perfect for meetings or coworking, an auditorium for live events and workshops, and a dedicated Kids Zone. Meanwhile, for the adult children, the basement is home to a fun nine-hole crazy golf course designed by the experts from Plonk.
There’s no need to worry about the current residents of the building, though. At the front of the building, Peckhamplex will continue to offer glorious £5 cinema tickets, the lovely bunch. Up on the roof, Frank’s Café is once again open for the summer, complete with glorious views and those fabulous bubblegum pink stairs.
Lots to do at Peckham Levels – although ironically, the only thing you can’t do here anymore is park your car.
Location: Levels 1-6, Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST. Nearest station is Peckham Rye. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 12pm – late, Thursday to Sunday.
Entry: it’s free to wander around.
More information: check their rather slick website.
Also published on Medium.