The E4 show Youngers is filmed and set in Peckham.
Now 60 years old, but exuding the youthful energy of someone much younger, Mark is adamant that he has finally found – in the streets and the people of Peckham – his perfect muse.
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This year we’ve decided to make as many of our soft drinks as possible in-house, from the super bright concentrated neroli Earl Grey syrup for our house iced tea to the grapefruit and gentian rich tonic syrup that we use in our signature gin and tonic.
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You missed rye lane - where you can buy food from every land and there's always a poster advertising fresh peruvian hair which intrigues me Also the Dish and Spoon Cafe, the new Cinnamon Bakery and the coffee van in front of Peckham library. Review book shop is great too And just across the ry Nunhead goes from strength to strength with Papa Bear, Bambuni,Sopers and The Old Nun's head I am proud to have lived in SE15 for ten years- Long live Peckham.
Not only do we have the infamous Frank’s (have I mentioned Frank’s?) on the 10th floor of a multi story car park, but The Bussey Building is also home to a rooftop cinema in the summer months.
Mark began taking part in Dulwich Open House, initially to meet his neighbours. “Now a lot of people come to buy paintings and I’ve also got commissions through it,” he says. “While the sun shines I will make hay.”
I wonder why she thinks her café appeals to such a diverse range of people – from artists, politicians, musicians and people in TV to local workers, community groups and older residents – and for Gloria the answer is simple.
“I’ve always been interested in painting,” he says. “My mum died quite early, and I was shipped off to the rich side of my family in the summer. My aunt was really into painting. She had big old compositional figure paintings in her hallway and I loved them. We used to paint together.”
“Meeting all these people is definitely the best part,” she says, smiling. “I never realised I could talk so much! You’d be surprised who lives around here and who comes into the café.
The bash will take place on September 24, which is also Gloria’s birthday, and she’s offering 10 per cent off hair services in Satizfaktion throughout August in the run-up to the occasion.
While we talk, Gloria is deftly weaving a customer’s braids, an old friend who has been coming to have her hair done at Satizfaktion since 2008.
Peckham was the setting of the television sitcom Only Fools and Horses, although the series was filmed elsewhere in its run as a regular series from 1981 to 1991, as well as Christmas specials until 2003. The spin-off, Rock & Chips, was also set in Peckham in the 1960s.
Unaware of the existence of art school, a chance occurrence set Mark off in the direction of a career in art. “A guy called Frank saw my work and said to me, ‘Go to art college!’ He set it all up for me really.
Art is also a big part of the business. The café will be on the Nunhead Art Trail route this September, and Gloria usually has work by local artists and friends hanging on the walls.
The statistics back up Ron’s point: more than 40 per cent of the service users on the Peckham and St Giles project either reduced or came off their prescribed medication while involved with the project – the sort of success Ron is now hoping to replicate on an even larger scale with Sporting Recovery.
Sporting Recovery helps people including ex-offenders and those with mental health issues improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Founder Ron Bell tells us more about the invaluable service
We have a shed load of great bars. Not to mention locally famous Canavan’s pool club, which is open from 10am to 4am every single day including Sundays.
If you’re into brunch (which you obviously are) there’s a cafe for every day of the week and then some in Peckham.
Peckham is mentioned in the song "Ortens favoriter" by Swedish rap group Labyrint. The song features a line of rappers, among them Pase. Pase grew up in Peckham but moved to the Swedish city Västerås as a teen. In the end of his verse Pase sings/raps "Whatever you get your hands on, depending on what the grams on / From Peckham to Västerås my feet is what I land on".
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Although Ron is the public face of Sporting Recovery, co-director Pat Berry’s vital behind-the-scenes work and expertise is crucial, and Ron is also thankful for the volunteers who help at Sporting Recovery in exchange for training.
Just look at the queues outside Frank’s. It’s a CAR PARK forgodssake.
Words: Luke G Williams; Photo: Lima Charlie
Peckham has never been an administrative district, or a single ecclesiastical parish in its own right, but it developed a strong sense of identity in the 19th century when Rye Lane was one of the most important shopping streets in South London. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.
She used to live around the corner but has since moved to Nairobi, where she’s working on a PhD. Despite the substantial distance from Kenya to Peckham, she still visits Gloria three or four times a year. Now that’s customer satisfaction.
But with people walking past and waving as we chat, and popping their heads in just to say hello to Gloria – who greets everyone with a warm hug and a kiss on the cheek – it’s clear what the best side of the job is.
The owner of these stalwart shops on King’s Grove – Satizfaktion hair salon and Queen’s Coffee Bar – is Peckham resident Gloria Douglas, who opened the salon first in 2006.
To start, cut the peel of the grapefruits into strips then thinly slice the strips into smaller fingers of peel – this will make them easier to mix and cause more of their oils to seep into the sugar.
The late 19th century also saw the arrival of George Batty, a manufacturer of condiments, whose main business stood at Finsbury Pavement. The company's Peckham premises occupied 19 railway arches. It was acquired by the H. J. Heinz Company in 1905 as their first UK manufacturing base.
“I was on my own, and I didn’t know what to do. So I got a bar job and started selling some drawings. There wasn’t such a big art market in those days – people didn’t buy art, they bought furniture. Everyone I sold art to was quite old, restorers and academics and so on.”
Mark’s choice of art form set him apart from many other students. “I didn’t take any notice of anything anyone told me,” he says. “At the time everyone at Medway was quite anti-painting. Everyone wanted to go into graphics. Graphics was ‘cool’. I didn’t understand it.
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It was marriage and fatherhood that eventually brought Mark to Peckham in 1990. “I met my wife Nicola when I was working in a bar and she was studying law,” he explains. “I was squatting in Stockwell and she had a council flat in Camberwell.
The manor was owned by King Henry I, who gave it to his son Robert, Earl of Gloucester. When Robert married the heiress to Camberwell the two manors were united under royal ownership. King John probably hunted at Peckham and local anecdotes suggest that the right to an annual fair was granted to celebrate a particularly good day's sport. The fair grew to be a rowdy major event lasting three weeks until its abolition in 1827.
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Asked to summarise his approach towards his clients, Ron is adamant that understanding, compassion and subtlety are essential. “Often when our clients come down they might just want to sit in the cafeteria, which is fine, but I’m always going to be asking them: do you want a game of table tennis? A game of badminton? A game of football?
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He speaks glowingly of the reception he is afforded while painting on the streets. “I get to meet everybody and I’ve not had one bad vibe,” he says. “From my experience, people like to see their streets being immortalised, as it were, through someone else’s eyes.”