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Camberwell's best outdoor places and spaces

After spending the best part of a year dreaming about all the things we can’t do, it’s safe to say we’re excited to get out there and socialise (remember that?). Coinciding with the lifting of lockdown in time for the sun’s arrival, Camberwell has a whole host of outdoor venues for meeting up with loved ones that you missed. The best bit? They’re all within walking distance from Wyndham Studios, no oyster card needed.
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Dine al fresco style

When you can’t go abroad, tucking in to delicious food in the sun is the next best thing. Topping our list of best outdoor eats in the area is Brewbird – a hidden gem nestled between Camberwell and Peckham. This gorgeous sun trap, made prettier with bunting and fairy lights, makes the ideal setting for a catch up with pals. Artisan coffee and freshly baked pastries come with a side of feel-good, too – with this social enterprise cafe working to change lives disadvantaged young people.

More eateries with outdoor seating include Crane’s Kitchen, who’ll serve you up a mean brunch in the cutest al-fresco area and Love walk Cafe who can set you up for the day with a hearty breakfast. The quaint Fowlds Cafe is another gem just moments away from Wyndham Studios, with its excellent selection of coffees, homemade food and pastries.

Hit the farmer’s market

Block out every Saturday in your diary from 10am to 2pm, Camberwell Farmer’s Market is the place you’ll come back to every weekend with friends. Pick up anything from artisan bread and bakes to handmade vegan soaps – and support local farmers, producers and small businesses while you’re at it. Perfectly situated on Camberwell Green, grab a refreshing juice and kick back in the sun to catch some rays.

Not far is the equally brilliant is Myatt’s Fields Market, which we (really) hope will return this summer – a foodie haven in a beautiful Victorian park.

Grab a pint in the sun

The Sun of Camberwell has become a favourite amongst locals for good reason; its cool, shabby-chic interior, cracking Sunday roast, great selection of ales and beers and – best of all – its two big ol’ terraces front and back. It’s a great spot for social-distanced, open-air catch ups. Joiners Arms is another go-to for locals, with a smaller garden out back.

Head to neighbouring Peckham and find a flurry of outdoor drinking venues, like The Rye. For a less traditional pub vibe, but ambience in abundance, venture up to Frank’s Cafe or Forza Wine and marvel at stunning views of the capital.

Have a coffee-and-cake date at Burgess Park

Wandering the gardens and beautiful lake of Burgess Park makes for a memorable catch-up with friends in itself. Team that with delicious food from the park’s cafes and you’re onto a winner. There are a couple to choose from; Fuorvito Cafe sits outside the peaceful Chumleigh Gardens, a lovely setting for a brew and a chin wag. And The Tennis Cafe – minutes from Wyndham Studios – is a small independent eatery serving everything from toasties and salad boxes to cakes to ice cream. Picnic, anyone?

Work up a sweat

Why not dust off your rackets and challenge a friend to a game of tennis? You’ll find courts over at Brunswick Park and Kennington Park. Burgess Park deserves another mention here, which never fails to disappoint with its sporting facilities; more tennis courts, cricket and football pitches, a 400-metre BMX track and a fishing lake, no less. There’s also a parkrun every Saturday morning at 9am for avid runners. Or if you prefer to leave the workouts to others, head to The Oval for a day well-spent day watching the cricket.

Safe to say, Camberwell’s outdoor venues have a lot to offer our post-pandemic world, so you’ll never be short of ways to enjoy the warmer weather. And with more optimism in the air than we’ve had in long while, it’s time to get excited.