Peckham has all the ingredients for a hipster heaven – men with beards, its own craft brewery, artisanal delis and, of course, a lot of coffee. I mostly work from home and I don’t have an office so I’ve become somewhat of a connoisseur of the local cafes. Luckily for me, there are plenty to choose from and it seems as though more are opening each month. Here’s a little guide to the best cafes in Peckham, including places where you can work and use your laptop.
Anderson & Co
139 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4DH
Anderson & Co is home to some of my favourite cakes, and for me that’s really saying something. Steve and I have been regulars there ever since it opened and are particular fans of the salted caramel brownies, the millionaire’s shortbread and the cheese and pickle sandwich. Anderson’s also opens in the evenings when it becomes a high-quality burger joint. The veggie burger is one of the best we’ve ever tasted. One downside is that you’re not allowed to use the plug sockets to charge your laptop so your time there is limited if you want to work. However, the wi-fi is good in the front room (it doesn’t work well in the back room or the garden).
67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH
No.67 holds my title for best vegetarian breakfast in London. The veggie full English comes with special touches such as halloumi, handmade baked beans and delicious mushrooms. The simple mushrooms on toast are also a favourite. Try to get a seat in the back conservatory, which is a beautiful bright space with a fabulous high ceiling. No.67 also does great evening meals when the vibe becomes more formal. It’s housed inside the South London Gallery and is probably my favourite cafe in Peckham. The wi-fi is good and they do let you plug in.
184 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4BW
The little French chocolaterie, Melange always makes me think of the film Chocolat. It has a charming living-room decor, complete with house cat. The owner makes a range of unusual chocolate on-site, including, my favourite, matcha strawberry. The decadent hot chocolate is incredible. Choose from dairy, soya, rice or coconut milk. Melange is also open in the evenings at the weekends when it serves wine and cheese. It’s opening hours chnage quite often but it’s currently open from Thurdays – Sundays.
44 Choumert Road, London SE15 4SE
Situated on Choumert Road, Cafe Viva is part of a small row of new businesses that add a touch of the hipster to this part of Peckham. It’s a friendly little cafe serving good coffee and a small menu of food. It’s one of my favourite places to work in. They have a a donation pot for the electricity so you can plug your computer in without feeling guilty. The wi-fi is good.
Small White Elephant
28 Choumert Road, London SE15 4SE
Small White Elephant is one of the newer Peckham cafes. It has a hippy vibe, but is one of the cafes in Peckham that takes its coffee most seriously. They serve an ever-changing variety of beans as well as speciality coffees such as Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, and a fantastic cold brew. It’s cosy inside and has a lovely community feel. Small White Elephant also hosts various events such a poetry nights and live jazz. I’m also a huge fan of their coconut toast. The wifi is good and you can plug in, although they ask for laptop-free time at the weekends.
182 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW
Trio is a cafe that focuses on being family-friendly. It holds children’s workshops every morning, has a play area at the back and sells lots of kids’ art supplies. As such, it’s often filled with noisy children, which doesn’t make for the most relaxing time. Of course, if you have children then it’s the perfect choice. On the occasions that it’s not too busy with little ones, it’s a lovely space to work, a little like a play-themed co-working space. The wifi is good and you can use the plugs.
Peckham Refreshment Rooms
12-16 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL
The Peckham Refreshment Rooms is best known for its evening meals, but it also serves great breakfast and coffee. They have newspapers on offer and the window tables are always lined with people reading the morning news and watching the world go by. The wifi is good and there are a few plugs available.
200 Rye Lane, London SE15 4UR
This is a kind of hipster version of a greasy spoon crossed with the owner’s favourite New York cafe. By night Lerryn’s becomes a popular bar serving the pre-Canavan’s crowd and those looking for a good cocktail. It also hosts pop-up supper meals. We went to the Alia Beloved Syrian Kitchen night, which served delicious food and was reasonably priced. There are a few plugs you can use and the wifi is good.
184 Peckham Rye, London SE22 9QA
This spacious cafe is one of the newest additions to the Peckham scene. It’s looks out onto Peckham Rye park so will be especially nice in summer. There are plenty of tasty baked goods (the brownies are lush) and the coffee is great quality. It’s another place that has plugs and good wifi.
63 Choumert Road Peckham, London SE15 4AR
Petitou has been around for a long time and as such has a loyal following of people from the pre-gentrification days. It feels more like a country cafe than something you’d find in London. Unfortunately the food and coffee aren’t to my taste, but others love it. There is no wifi in Petitou.
Any others to add to the list? Let me know.