It was on Peckham Rye that – back in 1760 – William Blake claimed to see a vision of angels: ‘bright angelic wings bespangling every bough like stars‘.
Nowadays you’re much more likely to see a vision of angles: split up into two parts (the park and the common) Peckham Rye makes up an 113 acre triangle in the middle of Peckham, East Dulwich, and Nunhead. But then, you know, it’s been a while…
That’s not to say there aren’t still angelic elements, that is. Especially towards the back of the park, where things are a lot more leafy and overgrown, you’ll find some beautiful woodland walks, perfect for a coffee-laden Saturday morning stroll.
You’ll also find an ornate old English garden with a wisteria-covered walkway, flower beds of multi-coloured blooms, and a bubbling fountain at the middle. It’s officially called the Sexby Garden, which is yours to read as you wish.
There’s a pond with ducks, two playgrounds, and a newly refurbished cafe serving Modern European breakfast and lunch. Think halloumi flatbread with black quinoa and pomegranate tabouli or red rice salad with asparagus, tenderstem broccoli, sweet potato, quinoa, rice and feta. They also have a wood-fired pizza oven and a dedicated ice cream parlour overlooking the playground. For you…
…and your little angels.
NOTE: Peckham Rye is open daily. You can see maps, and find out more, HERE.
Peckham Rye Park & Common | Strakers Road, London, SE15 3UA
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