Nights out

Third-year English and Drama student Harriet, gives us her nightlife recommendations.

Peckham has a great nightlife scene boasting venues such as CLF Art café, Canavans, Franks, Copeland Park and Four Quarters. The CLF Art Café – aka Bussey Building – is a huge, multi-level warehouse right on the high street, and has some great nights out. Soul Train is pretty much an institution. Queues form early and it gets very busy, but it’s totally worth it.

Rye Wax, in the basement, is a great place to pick up vinyl, and hosts a plethora of smaller acts and DJs. In the summer, Peckham has two of the best rooftop bars in London – legit, this is in Time Out Magazine – Frank’s and Bussey. Both are great places for early evening, and are seemingly filled to the brim with London’s coolest people. Canavans pool hall, just up the road, hosts regular nights such as the brilliant Rhythm Section – though if you’re after something a little different their karaoke is a notable recommendation – or you can just play pool.

Copeland Park, round the corner of Bussey, has bars and restaurants such as The Nines, Forza Win and Ali Baba’s. All these places are great for an evening drink and also have a lot of bands playing.

If you fancy going in the other direction, Deptford has some great places that are still a bit under the radar. Job Centre, on Deptford High Street, is named after the civil service office that was once there. Inside it’s cosy with a great menu – pretty much all the places round here have great food – and has a jobs board, which is fitting for its namesake.

For something completely different to all of this, definitely head to The Fox and Firkin pub in Lewisham. It has all sorts of events throughout the week – even adult handstand classes.

If you want somewhere closer to Goldsmiths then luckily New Cross has some great and varied places. You are bound to bump into someone you know in the nearby The Fat Walrus. The Royal Albert is also popular and a little more cosy, and Five Bells also has some great
nights run Goldsmiths students.

You can read more of our guides to London on our website, and watch Anthropology student Benji’s tour of South East London below.

Arriving at Goldsmiths

We gave 3 of our international students – Yunus, Danielle and Gaelle – go pro cameras and asked them to document their first few days at Goldsmiths, from starting lectures to exploring London.