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London nights: Peckham

Did the invite say Peckham? Well, it did!
Off we went to celebrate our dear friend's birthday: half of us excited about visiting the area for the first time and the other half a bit dubious about distance, location, know how people get in their old age of over-thirties!
First stop: Frank's!
I was actually really looking forward to this place because of the promised view. Well, you drive into the car park next to Peckham Rye station. Drive up all the way, park up, get out and walk another two floors up and here you are: Frank's rooftop Café with a 360 degree view of London!
The setting is simple: long tables and benches, a red tent to cover the bar area...and a net to prevent you from jumping off! It was really busy but it's so spread out that you don't quite feel it...until you need a drink and then you have to penetrate multiple rows of fun loving people to get to the front of the bar. Where did all these people come from? It was so quite downstairs at the entrance of the car park!  

It got a bit windy after 8ish, but do try to catch the sunset, it's a gorgeous spot for it. You have a unique view of the City of London's new skyline, with the Shard, Heron Tower and even St Paul's dome on the left and then to the right you have the good old Dockland's outline.

The crowd was a very laid back mix of ...everybody! No fancy-schmancy pretentious looks, just good old Londoners of all ages, ok maybe up to early forties.
Verdict: If it was a bit closer for me to get to, I'd be back! Oh! And it closes at 11pm!
No it's not a spa. It's actually a bar/art-space under the railway arches!
It's what Shoreditch used to be ten years ago: a hip, raw, arty place.

Bar Story on the left, with it's rough interior, graffiti  and little patio out the back and the arty Peckham Springs on the right. When we were out in the patio, it was all very whimsical and low lit, so I looked up above the arches and saw people standing around in what looked like offices; I thought to myself...who works that late on a Saturday night?
And then the "office" started moving for me to figure out was actually the tube! 

Frozen Margaritas in paper cups, Prosseco on tap and street food galore: Frankfurters, hot dogs and sauerkraut. Yu-mmey!

Word of advice: hold it in till you go home, the loos are...well...rough!

Third stop: The Montpellier!

We walked in as the DJ  was playing funky versions of 90's songs. We got there around 11:30 and although it's a pub really, it had more of a bar feel to it because of the DJ. Can't go wrong if you fancy a little boogie with no entrance fees!
This pub also has a "backroom cinema", currently renovated, promising a September comeback with classier, comfier surroundings...if you go let me know how it looks!

Here's what I've noticed lately: people don't move outside their little part of the city. Last time I told my friends to go to Shoreditch it was a "no no".  Is it an age thing? Is it the same in other big cities? I think so.  
This night in Peckham did remind me that after 15 years in London, this city still keeps more secrets from me - and that makes me happy in a way! x

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