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Non-touristy Guide to London Part II

April 17, 2017

Brixton local David Bowie's mural in Brixton, painted by artist James Cochran after the legend's death.

 

Now that you saw the heart of the city at Waterloo, we can continue our discovery with South of the River Thames. For this list, I'm sparing Elephant and Castle, New Cross, Dulwich, Oval and South Bermondsey because I need to discover more there myself.

 

You may have heard about Brixton before, inspiration to many songs, the Grime scene of London and home to diverse cuisines and cultures, it is one of the most interesting places in London you can visit. 

 

From Pop Brixton to Brixton Market and Brixton Village, you can find cute cafés, fun clubs and bars, live music venues in this part of town. The renowned music venue Electric Brixton is always a good choice for clubbing and there is delicious food at every corner at Pop Brixton or Brixton Village, especially if you are up for jerk chicken. 

 

 

Take 345 from Peckham

 

Slightly new in the game is Peckham, the new hip area for artists, start-up entrepreneurs and musicians, easily accessible by bus from Brixton. Just take 345 from in front of Brixton Academy to Peckham High Street. 

 

Peckham is known especially for the warehouse turned entertainment hub Bussey Building, a rooftop café on top of a parking lot with a special view of the city called Frank's Café and the notorious Rooftop Cinema Club at the top of Bussey Building. Peckham is a great choice to socialise with friendly locals and get out of your comfort zone.

 

*shot outside Bussey Building

 

The somewhat "dodgy"neighbourhood that is still resisting gentrification is Deptford and it is quite close to Peckham by bus. Apparently, the New York Times "proclaimed Deptford a must-visit destination, describing it as ‘a boisterous concoction of blue-collar aesthetics and intermittent hipsterism’ with ‘the most heady of urban ingredients: an edge'." As a former resident, I definitely think it is a lively part of London that is gradually growing more interesting and mixed.

 

You can discover the local cafés and restaurants on Deptford High Street and art galleries who support local artists on Creekside Road. 

 

*Greenwich Park 

 

Tips from a former Greenwich student

 

Final stop of the South London tour is Greenwich, it has one of the most visited touristic attractions in London, the Royal Observatory, as well as The Prime Meridian, Greenwich Park, University of Greenwich and The National Maritime Museum.

 

As a former University of Greenwich student, I spent so much of my time in Greenwich that I discovered the most fun activities to do in this area. It is not necessarily close to the city and doesn't have a crazy nightlife scene but there are still many things to do.

 

 

At Greenwich Market, where you can find the most delicious food in the area, you can grab your food and eat it while shopping for vintage goods or chill under the sun at Greenwich Park. Greenwich gets crowded especially during the weekends.

 

For indoor activities, I would recommend going to the independent Picturehouse Cinema for a film and in the evening you can go to Up the Creek stand-up comedy club or to Greenwich Dance to see a contemporary dance performance. For night owls, I would recommend going to Oliver's Jazz Bar near an Italian restaurant called Al Pancino.

 

For a talkative group of friends, I would recommend The Gipsy Moth right next to gigantic Cutty Sark. 

 

And if you are not staying for the night, take a river boat from Greenwich to Waterloo!

 

Next up: Part III

 

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