Must-see attractions in Brixton, Peckham & South London

  • 500px Photo ID: 117415347 - Travel to London - Imperial War Museum (IWM)

    Imperial War Museum

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Fronted by an intimidating pair of 15-inch naval guns and a piece of the Berlin Wall, this riveting museum is housed in what was the Bethlem Royal…

  • Brixton Market in London

    Brixton Village & Market Row

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    This revitalised covered market, once the dilapidated 1930s Granville Arcade, has enjoyed an eye-catching renaissance. More than 130 traders have set up…

  • The entrance to the Horniman Museum

    Horniman Museum

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    This 1901 art-nouveau building, with its clock tower and mosaics, was specially designed to house the collection of wealthy tea merchant, Victorian…

  • Looking across Wandsworth Common in south London

    Wandsworth Common

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Wilder and more overgrown than the nearby common in Clapham, Wandsworth Common is full of couples pushing prams when the sun's out. On the western side is…

  • The lake inside Battersea Park

    Battersea Park

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    These 50 hectares of gorgeous greenery stretch along the riverside between Albert and Chelsea bridges, and trails leading to surprising hidden finds criss…

  • Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    The world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, the small Dulwich Picture Gallery was designed by architect Sir John Soane and opened in 1817 to house…

  • Battersea Power Station chimneys seen between two buildings

    Battersea Power Station

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Battersea Power Station is one of South London’s best-known monuments, and it's now being redeveloped into luxury flats and Apple's new London HQ. Built…

  • The Beefeater Distillery building

    Beefeater Distillery

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Beefeater, established in 1863, is the oldest gin distillery still producing in London. The company opens its factory to visitors on 90-minute tours,…

  • A walking trail in Sydenham Hill Wood

    Sydenham Hill Wood

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Sydenham Hill Wood is an intriguingly incongruous patch of wilderness that has an air of secrecy about it, despite being surrounded on all sides by the…

  • The outside of Beaconsfield Gallery, a contemporary arts space near Vauxhall

    Beaconsfield Gallery

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Housed in an old Victorian school, this contemporary art gallery hosts a steady stream of exhibitions, talks and events. The on-site cafe serves ethically…

  • Florence Nightingale Museum

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    This small but almost perfect museum looks at the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale (1820–1910), considered the founder of modern nursing. Her story…

  • Garden Museum

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Housed in the disused church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, this peaceful, green-fingered museum takes a close look at the 17th-century, father-and-son Tradescant…

  • Brixton Windmill

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Quite a sight (and terrific photo-op) and built for John Ashby in 1816, this is the closest windmill to central London still in existence. Later powered…

  • Newport Street Gallery

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Newport Street Gallery hosts artist Damien Hirst's personal collection in a series of converted industrial buildings that were once used as scenery…

  • Dulwich Park

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    With its hectares of green space and much-loved bicycle hire putting fleets of novel, low-slung bikes under the feet of enthusiastic kids, Dulwich Park is…

  • Lambeth Palace

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    A gorgeous red- and fired-brick Tudor gatehouse, dating from 1495 and located beside the church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, leads to Lambeth Palace, the…

  • Secret Intelligence Services

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    A post-modern ziggurat by the river colloquially known as 'Babylon-on-Thames' and 'Legoland', the home of MI6 was built in 1994. Rumour attests that a…

  • Thames Barrier Information Centre

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    The Thames Barrier looks best when it’s raised, and the only guaranteed time this happens is when the mechanisms are checked once a month. For exact dates…

  • Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    The small Children’s Zoo in Battersea Park is full of animal magic for young zoologists and wildlife tykes. Consult the website for feeding times of…

  • Peace Pagoda

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Erected in 1985 by a group of Japanese Buddhists to commemorate Hiroshima Day (6 August), the pagoda in Battersea Park displays the Buddha in the four…

  • Brunel Museum

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    This small museum celebrates the world's first underwater tunnel, built here in 1843. The tunnel was the brainchild of engineer Marc Isambard Brunel …

  • Black Cultural Archives

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    The Black Cultural Archives is the only centre in the country devoted to preserving and telling the stories of African and Caribbean people in the UK…

  • Pump House Gallery

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Among the water and sporting facilities of Battersea Park, this space exhibits a variety of contemporary art, housed in a Victorian industrial pump house…

  • Strata SE1

    Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Voted 'Britain's ugliest new building' when it appeared, the Strata SE1 building (nicknamed the 'Razor') is topped with three wind turbines that never…