Peckham Rye’s beautifully refurbished Victoria Inn is a cozy escape in a gentrified pocket of South London featuring a savory menu to enjoy from day to night.
Where to Stay in Peckham: The Victoria Inn
Before arriving in Peckham, some English friends told me either told me that Peckham is “hip and wonderful” or asked if “it’s still dodgy.” My stay at the Victoria Inn, a trendy bed and breakfast, helped me learn that indeed Peckham was once “dodgy” but is now “hip and wonderful.”
The original Victorian building has, which opened in 1878, has been completely revamped. Its location is excellent, set on a corner and just 10 minutes’ walk from the London metro. Indie businesses line the roads as well as some beautifully kept homes with leafy front yards and colorful doors.
In fact, the area defines leafy suburb. In a conversation with locals, the manicured and well-heeled look and feel replaced a run-down neighborhood. In the past two to three years a lot has changed.
The Victoria Inn is part of that change, a handsome building that includes 15 guest rooms and a very atmospheric pub serving great dishes, beer and wine.
The Victoria Inn Rooms
An unsuspecting backroom door in the dining area leads to a narrow staircase set in thick carpets that lead up to several flights of rooms. The Victoria Inn features twin, double and superior rooms. Our Superior Suite with a View was cozy at first sight, certainly helped by the thick carpeting.
The décor reflected Scandinavian design with a nice meld of cool shades and neutrals. The bed was super soft. There was no closet, rather a hanging space which was just fine. A desk, night stand and headboard as well as a comfy armchair completed the furnishings. The heating systems worked well and we were quite warm once the radiators got going.
As for electronics, the room featured a great little Nespresso machine and packets of tea. There was also a Bose Bluetooth sound system. Wi-Fi worked well and was provided via The Cloud.
The bathrooms were stylish with muted blue tiles and a set of Eco-Boutique toiletries. The shower was strong with ample hot water.
The view stretched from the quaint regentrified streets of Peckham to downtown London including that peaked, sky-scraping landmark, the Shard.
The Pub and an Excellent Breakfast
The restaurant was an unexpected treat, with a warm and inviting interior, framed artwork and posters, lovely dark wood tables and a lengthy bar area. One evening we delved into dinner classics like fish and chips. Overall, the menu listed creative range of dishes including regional specialties that incorporated locally sourced products — all reasonably priced.
The a la carte breakfast included fresh juice, delicious coffee and a choice of dishes like avocado toast and eggs, steel cut oatmeal with berries, salmon with eggs and a full – and satisfying – English breakfast.
Conclusion: The Victoria Inn
The Victoria Inn was a perfect boutique, B&B stay in Peckham. Here a traditional pub with a trendy flair pair up with cozy rooms refurbished to meet modern comforts. While obviously not in central London, it is a great place to stay to be if you want to get away from city noise and explore the fantastic world that has become Peckham.
Although I can’t claim to know what Peckham as it was before, today it is worthy of a visit — full of indie flair, ethnic style and trendy restaurants, pubs and bars. I also liked that is was within walking distance to the metro/train. A big highlight was the restaurant, a foodie destination on its own. The dinner and breakfast went beyond my expectations and I truly savored every bite. The staff was helpful, friendly and enthusiastically volunteered any information about their corner of South London.
The Victoria Inn
77 Choumert Road, Peckham
London, SE15 4AR
From £90 per night
*Travel Greece, Travel Europe was a guest of the Victoria Inn. As always, all opinions are my own.