Intimate London cocktail bar Smokey Kudu is hidden beneath a railway arch

The sophisticated spot has decadent interiors

A two-metre-high Murano glass chandelier casts its warm glow over patrons at London cocktail bar Smokey Kudu, secreted beneath the railway arches in Peckham.

The chandelier is the crowning touch of the intimate bar – the latest addition to Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams’s cache of South African dining spots. They tasked A-nrd Studio with transforming the rugged industrial space into a cosy drinking haunt and sister space for their nearby restaurant Kudu.

A central horseshoe bar anchors the venue, its sky-high, mirrored back-bar partly inspired by early 20th-century continental cafes. It features a brass overhead and glass display, paired with a scallop-edged bartop made from Italian rose stone.

The old brick walls and corrugated roof are a burnt umber shade that contrasts green velvet booths and chairs, and dark burgundy marble-topped tables which skirt the space.

Some 15 South African influenced cocktails are on offer at the London bar, as well as spiced liquors and a small menu of snacks.

133 Queen’s Rd, Peckham, London SE15 2ND

Intimate South London cocktail bar Smokey Kudu is hidden beneath a railway arch
Photography: Claire Menary
Intimate South London cocktail bar Smokey Kudu is hidden beneath a railway arch
Photography: Claire Menary
Intimate South London cocktail bar Smokey Kudu is hidden beneath a railway arch
Photography: Claire Menary

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