is a place in London, England
in the London Borough of Southwark
. It was the setting for the popular sitcom
"Only Fools and Horses" throughout the eighties and early nineties, and has not yet shaken off its reputation as a run-down, dangerous part of south London as it was depicted in the TV series. Most media coverage of Peckham is in relation to its high crime rate - recent famous cases include the murder of Damilola Taylor in 2001 and the machine-gunning of eight or nine (contemporary reports vary) people queueing outside Chicago's nightclub in the summer of 2000.
Whilst it is true that Peckham is a poor area, and that gang-related shootings continue to occur with depressingly high frequency, the area has a number of good points - a lot of money has been pumped into the area by the European Union, some of which was spent on building the futuristic, award-winning Peckham Library and a new town square. The author can recommend Paul's Cafe in the High Street, opposite the bus station, for a traditional English fried breakfast, and the Wishing Well on Bellenden Road for a pint of proper bitter (beer) and a game of pool.
Nearest railway station:
- Peckham Rye railway station