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, and live music venues, it looks a darn sight nicer.
It’s rather colourful too. These ultra-lush stairs are a new star of many an Instagram feed.
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 ceramic workshops, violin makers, and magazines.
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 Chinese dumplings from Hao Hao Chi, finger lickin’ chicken wings from Drums & Flats, vegan pizza from PickyWops, and killer Kurdish food from Nandine, to name just a few.
For sit-down meals, you’ll find excellent vegetarian food at Wildflower restaurant, and Californian-style dishes and wines at West. 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.
When the sun goes down and the urge to party takes you, Peckham Levels has you covered. Wildflower transforms into Ghost Notes in the evening, and if Kate Tempest’s appearance at the launch night is anything to go by, they’ll regularly pull in musicians from across genres. Meanwhile, Near & Far also host music nights and DJ sets, so it’s easy to get your groove on.
Peckham Levels also includes Level Six, a yoga and fitness studio, for those who prefer downward dog to shaking their booty. Creative types can make use of 3rd Rail Print Space, the biggest open access screen printing studio in London. Meanwhile, Cahoona’s Hair Hub will have you looking swish in no time – stylist Tracy Cahoon counts Amy Winehouse and Michael Fassbender as previous clients.
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 will once more become a riotous rooftop bar when summer rolls back around, 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: Floors 1 – 6, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST. Nearest station is Peckham Rye. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 9am-11pm (Monday to Wednesday), 9am-1am (Thursday to Friday), 10am-1pm (Saturday), 10am-11pm (Sunday).
Entry: it’s free to wander around.
More information: check their rather slick website.
Featured image: @peckhamlevels