The Bussey Building

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Peckham's Bussey Building, also known as CLF Art Cafè, is a multilevel bar, concert, theatre, art and studio space located next to Peckham Rye Rail station, 8 minutes from London Bridge. Being unpretentious in its décor, this venue is mainly focused on functioning as a cultural and musical hub rather than following fashion trends. Whether you want to have a couple of beers chilling with your friends or raving till 6am in the morning, this is a good place to have fun, meet interesting people while listening to banging music.


May vary depending on event
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££


Day Open Close Notes
17:00 01:00
17:00 01:00
17:00 01:00
17:00 01:00
17:00 06:00
17:00 06:00
Sunday - -


The Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

South London

Nearest station:
Peckham Rye (Rail)
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CLF Bussey Is So Good It Should Be Illegal The South London Soul Train Prince 1 Year Birthday Special 22nd April 2017 had been in my diary for months – This fab venue just 15 minutes walk from my front door is one of my fave clubs in London - Mikey Jazzheadchronic is the key to all this - you have created a winning formula on about what five levels - of course the main event on clubbing nights is always in the main room but there is so much more to explore and my only frustration is that I often want to be in at least three rooms at once - Bussey is so good it should be illegal and to imagine if it was not for a MASSIVE community effort spearheaded by Mickey in 2015 one of the best clubs in London would have been no more - if luxury flats near the venue had been approved Bussey and so much more would have become a memory. Despite breaking my right ankle in two places just two days before Christmas I managed to last for the duration until 5am. Mickey has created something so special – often using live bands as part of events and the crowds love the combo. Brother Strut were a previous personal highlight. At 58 no doubt I am usually what 20 years in advance of anyone - I just LOVE being with a young crowd, and wow does Bussey attract a young crowd - although my sexuality is quite obvious I have NEVER experienced ANY hostility. A previous highlight was dancing to a Diana Ross Gay Anthem with a female couple who were very ‘Out’ and Proud – it was so heartwarming that nobody was bothered. For me the benchmark for a great club is not ‘is it gay or str8?’ I am looking merely for a good all round vibe, and where security don’t get hung up about Dress Code! I previously responded to a negative review when allegedly a ‘friend of a friend’ was turned away because he looked ‘too gay’ – the REALITY is completely the OPPOSITE – I often feel more welcome in ‘str8’ rather than ‘gay’ venues. Sorry I hate using the terms but it helps explain the context. Previously I have been barred THREE times from a well known gay venue that celebrates Disco every week – on the last occasion wearing a tank top and speedos I was instructed by security to ‘cover up.’ Ironic that Disco was born by the gay underground movement in New York – hedonism was celebrated, and clothing often very optional – remember Studio 54! The chemistry of the Bussey crowd is very special - everyone is just there to have a great time, without any attitude. Touch wood in the five years attending I have never seen a fight. Also the staff and security team are brilliant. Even though most events are at capacity there is always plenty of space with plenty of chill out areas and seats. This quirky venue has so much character and would fit like a glove in a city like Berlin. I could go on so much more - but IF what I have shared encourages anyone who has never tried Bussey to GO FOR IT. TIP 1: Get Early Bird tickets. TIP 2: Arrive EARLY the Queues are legendary.
by on April 29th, 2017

Versatile venue with multiple levels & rooftop. Good prices, basic décor but that's all you need with such great/diverse music on every floor. Open till 6am if you can handle....
by on February 11th, 2016

The view from the rooftop is simply incredible. The space is so versatile, I've been there for an outside cinema, for a casual drink and for a big night out. So easy to get to as well, The Bussey Building will not disappoint!
by on June 25th, 2014

Entry fee is really cheap, line-ups can be huge. I like it!
by on February 7th, 2013

rough and cool, i love this place
by on January 30th, 2013

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