Bussey Building is one of the few venues hosting club nights in Peckham, other than Peckham Palais and Canavan's Pool Club (aka JFK's). Also known as CLF Art Cafè, this warehouse space next to Peckham Rye Rail Station is a hub for South Londoners, hangout for creatives, musicians and students bringing together a buzzing and laid back atmosphere. Bussey Building is also a concert, exhibition, art and studio space: here's where you can easily mingle with people sharing the same interests and discover the vivacious young community of Peckham.
Bussey Building is located in a very convenient position if you are travelling via the overground (catching a bus on your way back home may be more tricky!); as its name would suggest, it's simply a tall building set over a few floors with a wide courtyard right next to the main entrance. The patio/smoking area is surrounded by some distinctive graffiti and this is the side to be when the good weather finally hits.
Check out Bussey Building's varied street art
Its 5,000 square foot rooftop overlooking the City is probably Bussey Building's top feature and Summer time is when promoters and revellers get the most out of it. Stairwells covered with flyers and posters lead to the main floors: large spaces with a bar tucked away in the corner and varying furniture depending on the kind of event or exhibition.
Rave mode = ON @ Late Lunch
Music and Atmosphere
Quality music and events is definitely what the venue is really concerned about, rather than wasting time on unnecessary details and dècor. Live music and DJ nights ranging from house, techno to hip-hop, funk and disco are always on at Bussey Building. I've been here on a Thursday night promoted by Late Lunch, a small group of young fellows from Peckham hosting a monthly party here with emerging DJs and producers, driven by a passion for the underground electronic music scene. Deadboy, Shox residents were pushing house all night, with a grand finale of powerful garage and post-dubstep by Late Lunch residents. Visuals and lasers where the icing on the cake! As a Thursday, the crowd was mainly students (20 - 25 average age) and locals, while on weekends expect a more mixed crowd from all over London. Entry fee and drinks are reasonable and cheaper than the average: Late Lunch night entry was £2/£3 and a beer £3.30.
Underground electronic music, lasers and visuals all night for Late Lunch.
If you are concerned about music and art, want to find new people to share your projects and have a good time with, whilst dropping the 'splash the cash' attitude, then Bussey Building is the place for you.