Peckham isn't short of great places to hold a Christmas party, but you can add Uva to the list. This all-day Portuguese cafe and tapas bar is just a short walk from Peckham Rye station, and offers everything from pastries and coffee at breakfast to authentic, sophisticated Portuguese tapas (called petiscos) at dinner, all from a prime spot on the increasingly foodie Bellenden Road.
Uva is also available for private hire throughout the year, but it's particularly popular at Christmas thanks to a combination of great food and flexible, intimate spaces. The restaurant is separated into three distinct sections, each of which is available to hire for Christmas parties. First, you have the front dining room - a charming, airy space, cast in a spectrum of white and pastels, with a smart, tile-clad bar in the far corner and counter seating by the window. Carry on through the restaurant and you'll find the Kitchen View Room, so called because it sits right next to the kitchen pass, where you get a letterbox view of everything happening in the kitchen. The Kitchen View Room is smaller than the Front Room - with a handful of tables and banquette seating along one wall, it's perfect for smaller intimate gatherings.
Keep on walking through the restaurant and you'll stumble upon Uva's peaceful, secluded rear garden - a little oasis of calm in the middle of Peckham, with wicker furniture and plenty of greenery lining the walls. Uva's garden is covered and heated, which makes it a rarity as a warm outdoor space in the middle of winter! As a result it's a popular spot for Christmas parties, so get in early if you like the sound of a Christmas banquet in the garden.
On the food front, Uva serves a compact menu of Portuguese petiscos, split between meat, fish and vegetable dishes, with dishes changing weekly depending on what is in season and available. Currently on the menu you'll find dishes like deep fried cuttlefish with lemon salsa and paprika aioli, crispy garlic and herb piri piri poussin with grilled lime, patatas bravas, and rice croquettas with chive and tomato mayo. Uva also boasts a extensive list of Portuguese wines, so you can taste wines from every region of Portugal.