1 Pop Brixton
Pop Brixton, a new mini city created from shipping containers, will host a selection of start-ups, small businesses, local entrepreneurs and community organisations. It’s the area’s hottest new hangout with live/work units, pop-up food facilities, bars and catering units set around a central courtyard. There will also be an event space for live acts, films and performance art, as well as a lush garden. Opening 29 May.
Entrance at the corner of Brixton Station Road and Pope’s Road
2 The Model Market
The Model Market returns to Lewisham following its hugely successful debut last year, courtesy of Street Feast. Running now until 3 October, it offers up a winning combination of street food, drinks and dancing with six bars (including a Rum Shack) and 10 micro diners. Look out for Mama’s Jerk, Mother Flipper and Smokestak. This year there’s also a new roof terrace. Free from 5pm-7pm, £3 after.
196 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LS
3 Docklands Watersports
Hop aboard the Emirates Airline at Greenwich Peninsula and fly over the Thames to WakeUp Docklands, a watersports centre offering wakeboarding and stand-up paddleboarding at Royal Victoria Dock. For those less keen on splashing about, there’s also the option of a 45-minute cruise aboard a Dunkirk little ship, as well as The Oiler Bar, a floating beer garden on an ex-Royal Navy refuelling barge.
Waterfront Studios, 1 Dock Road E16 1AG
4 Crystal Palace Overground Festival
Crystal Palace Overground Festival returns from 24-28 June, meaning there is fun to be found all over SE19. Fringe events run from 24-26 June and on Sunday 28 June Westow Park turns into a mini-Glastonbury with live music stages, cider and food stalls galore. The event, launched in 2006 by local traders, attracted some 8,000 people last year.
5 Brockwell Lido & The Lido Cafe
This favourite south London Art Deco landmark isn’t just cool to look at, you can also enjoy a dip in the lido for just £5.95 (£3.10 for early morning or evening swims). Of course you can just kick back and take in the aqua blues of ‘Brixton’s beach’ from the comfort of The Lido Café – the only place in south east London where, on a hot day, cocktail in hand, you can pretend you’re in the Mediterranean.
Dulwich Road SE24 0PA
6 Frank’s Cafe
We sing its praises year in, year out, simply because it’s brilliant. Frank’s Café returns this year from 26 May until September, so head to the country’s coolest multi-storey car park and enjoy your Negroni with a panoramic view of London, some excellent sharing plates like buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese crème fraiche, and contemporary art installations by Bold Tendencies. Do be prepared for lengthy bar queues among the hordes of hipsters though!
10th Floor, Peckham multi-storey car park, 95a Rye Lane SE15 4ST
7 Outdoor cinema screenings everywhere!
Sure, East Dulwich has got a lovely new cinema, but summer outdoor film screenings are a right of passage! Head to the Bussey Building roof in Peckham to see Labyrinth (28 May) with Rooftop Film Club, or check out The Luna Cinema’s website for screenings at Brockwell Lido, Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Park and Greenwich Park (July-Sept). Book now, tickets go in a flash!
8 Severndroog Castle
Severndroog Castle, a Grade II-listed gothic tower in Shooters Hill, offers outstanding views from its 360-degree rooftop platform. The castle reopened to visitors last summer after a community group saved the 18th Century tower from developers and restored it back to its former glory. Take a historical tour and then stop for tea and cake (as visitors did in the 1920s) at the Castlewood Tea Room.
Castle Wood, Shooters Hill SE18 3RT
9 Greenwich Ecology Park
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is a little known urban oasis with lakes and meadow that host a variety of wildlife including frogs, toads, newts, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies. Bird hides make a great hangout for twitchers. It’s owned by The Land Trust, which has grand plans for an outdoor classroom so that young and old alike can learn more about biodiversity.
The Ecology Park Gatehouse, Thames Path, John Harrison Way, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0QZ