Bands, closed shops and jazz: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night – in photos

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Although central Brixton is where most of the action is, there’s still plenty going on if you head east along Coldharbour Lane into Camberwell. Here’s some photos from our wanders last night.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Out first stop was at the Junction jazz bar by Loughborough Junction, where the excellent Mark Ball Trio were playing live.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Billed as a ‘combination bar, restaurant, deli, café and art gallery,’ the new Art Deli is located close to King’s College Hospital on Coldharbour Lane.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Briefly popping into the Joiners Arms (sadly, their Thursday night live sessions have stopped for now) we repaired to the Old Dispensary at 325 Camberwell New Rd.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Playing live was local musicians, Ese and the Vooduu People.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

It was a pleasure to see some of the guys from local band The Severed Limb in the house.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

A Dulwich Hamlet sticker always adds a bit of panache to a toilet.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Walking back through Camberwell at 1am.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Sad to see so many closed shops in the main drag on Denmark Hill.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

The Peacocks department store closed some time ago.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

The site once housed the grand Camberwell Empire Theatre (below).

Camberwell Theatre

Built in 1894 and rebuilt in 1939, the music hall venue was converted to the Odeon (seen below in 1954) before closing in July 1975.

The premises were then briefly used by ‘Dickie Dirts’ as a discount jeans emporium before demolition in 1993. Read more here.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

The no-frills Rock Steady Eddie’s cafe at 2A Coldharbour Lane. Read a review here.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

The Grade II listed Denmark Place Baptist Church.

Historic England describes the architecture:

1823, dated on keystone of central arch. Two-storey classical stock brick building of 5 bays with pedimented gable end facing road. Three deep round-arched recesses hold first floor windows, central ground floor window and flanking doors. These are framed in a stucco panel with impost blocks and keystones rising to support a stuccoed frieze below eaves cornice. In tympanum of pediment a blank round keyed recess with relief of Tudor rose. Modern small-paned windows have stuccoed heads with keystones. Four-panel doors in stucco frames with console bracketed cornices and pediments. Outer bays have doors with long flank panels above. Six steps to stylobate. Short screen walls with gates at sides. Six-bay sides with long round-arched windows above segment-arched below.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Battered bollard.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

‘Open All Hours’ they say. Pfft.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

I’ve no idea why this housing development has the word ‘music’ etched on to its railings.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

There’s a depressing amount of closed pubs along this stretch, as documented in this article:
The lost pubs of Coldharbour Lane, Brixton and Loughborough Junction.

This used to be the Green Man pub.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Housing blocks at Loughborough Junction.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Loughborough Junction view.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

‘New Morlys.’ See: A Thread Of Fake Morleys.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Southwyck House, aka the Brixton Barrier Block

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

This upmarket pizza parlour was previously known as The Angel pub, and had strong connections to Edwardian music hall performers.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Brixton 2017.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Our final stop was the Prince of Wales for some live jazz.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

 

John from the Prince of Wales. A lovely chap.

In photos: Coldharbour Lane to Camberwell on a Thursday night, February 2-17

Chat about Brixton matters here and Camberwell matters here.