A guide to south-east London

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London is a huge city, which means that not all of its areas and districts can be popular at once. Instead, you’ll find that boroughs of the city go through a resurgence or gentrification and after those have hit their peak – or become too popular – a new one takes its place.

An example of this would be the likes of Shoreditch and other parts of east London – although this is still an incredibly popular part of the city, it has almost become too popular for the liking of some Londoners.

Now, it’s places like Peckham that have become glossy and attractive, transformed by people who are both creative and looking to set-up shops in more affordable areas of the city.

We’ve picked out some areas in south-east London that you absolutely have to go to and what to do when you’re there.

Bermondsey/Wapping

Wapping was traditionally the shipping hub of London and is basically the home of the city’s docks. As a result, there were lots of men working in the area and it gave rise to a number of pubs opening to give them somewhere to have food and an ale after a hard day’s graft.

There are still some of the traditional pubs in Wapping, one of which includes the Prospect of Whitby. This wasn’t just an inn for dockers though, as the canonical author Charles Dickens was rumoured to love this pub himself.

For contemporary art, try the White Cube Gallery or the Design Museum if you like a focus on architecture and design.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the programme of events for Tobacco Dock, you’ll find food festivals, music and even more.

Dalston

Dalston is what you might refer to as a very cool area of London: it plays host to a mixture of great bars and clubs. The nightlife is excellent here and you can spend hours on end dancing your way around the different venues. What’s even better is that most of the restaurants and other eateries open late, so you can always get something to eat.

Expect to find strong fashion choices and excellent cocktails wherever you go, particularly in Dalston Superstore – an excellent nightclub.

For something different, head to the independent Rio Cinema to see thought-provoking movies and have brunch beforehand in Cafe Route to set you up for the day.

Peckham

Amazingly, you can see a movie for just £5 in Peckham, if you head along to the Independent Peckhamplex. It might not surprise you to find out that this cinema is particularly popular, so have a look online or get there early to avoid disappointment!

Peckham Rye Park is a great place to go if you are travelling on a budget, as you can enjoy its picnic grounds, football pitches and Japanese Garden. The latter of these is a hidden gem in the city, which means that it is a place of unexpected serenity in the otherwise hectic Big Smoke.

For food, it has to be No 67, particularly if coffee and cake is your thing rather than tea and biscuits. This is a great spot to warm up if it’s a crisp, cold winter day or have a cold drink for some respite from the summer heat.

History and decadence beckon at the Peckham Refreshment Rooms, which is a testament to original 1930s Art Deco heritage. The menu is loaded with great local ingredients that are prepared to perfection.

To go somewhere with a group of friends, it has to be Artusi – an Italian restaurant that prides itself on fresh pasta and sharing platters of cold meats and more.

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