The Bussey Building, a Stirling Prize library and a decent butcher on a £1m street will never make Peckham one of the best places to live in London. And I say this as one who lived on its borders for 13 years.
Its improved yes. But a long long way to go to being the best IMHO.
This may have been meant in jest but I do not think this is fair (you could take a similar picture of London Road or Brockley Rise). The original article, which is in the Sunday Times (paywall but there is a free access option), encompasses Peckham Rye, Holly Grove and Bellenden Road and mentions other local highlights such as Nunhead Cemetery:
These are all lovely areas and not to be sniffed at. It is also worth mentioning that East Dulwich (née Peckham) isn’t far away either but is covered by a companion article bigging up Dulwich.
I wasn’t jesting. The heart of Peckham is and always will be Rye Lane and there is very little on that street which indicates an area on the turn. Bargain basement junk shops rule the retail scene. And while the cheapest in London, the Peckhamplex is one giant sticky carpet.
There are some great elements to the area. The Bussey Building places host to some great cultural events, and Flock & Herd on Bellenden Road can rival the Butchery for quality of meat. But hardly enough IMHO to give the area this lofty status. If anything the area’s poverty and its newly found wealth sit uncomfortably together.
I’m not quite sure even SE23 is ready for this honour.
Naturally all these “reports” are best taken with a pinch of salt but I can remember when Hackney generally was absolutely awful - full of squats, terrible pubs, junkies lying around in Clissold Park and no decent food to be had anywhere. Actually I quite liked it like that!