"A great space for dancing south of the river"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
For those accustomed to Shoreditch nightlife, the prospect of partying in Peckham might seem alien, even terrifying, but Bussey Warehouse has everything a clubber could want for (unless you’re into the sounds of David Guetta, and/or sipping white wine on the dancefloor). It’s dark, boasts a great sound system, and the bouncers won’t make you feel like a criminal upon entry. The Bussey Building (once a cricket bat factory during the Victorian era) also doubles up as café/art studio/all-round cultural centre for the area, in a similar vein to Elephant & Castle’s Corsica Studios, but bigger. There is a total of five floors, accommodating 1000+ people, however the warehouse space itself is intimate.
The bar is cheapish (£2.50 for a can of beer), and there’s a smoking area with seating; furthermore the summer months see the sixth floor roof terrace put to use - Secretsundaze hosted their 10th birthday celebrations here over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Warm have been intermittently throwing parties here when they’re not being held at Plastic People, including their recent 12th birthday when Innervisions main man Dixon played an unprecedented 8 hour set. Horsemeat Disco and Dollop have also alighted south of the river, and other varied events have included Dreadfest with Congo Natty, and soul and funk nights.
Still not convinced? There’s a bus back to Shoreditch and another to the West End, and the licence extends to 6am. Surely that’s all bases covered.
Leila reviewed CLF Arts Cafe @ The Bussey Building on Mon 07 Nov 2011