Welcome to Swing Patrol Peckham


Peckham students at the 2016 Performance Ball

Join James and Maddie for two hours of swing dancing, every Thursday from 7pm in the heart of Peckham. Classes take place in the cosy Wright Brothers room, upstairs at John the Unicorn.

Questions? Nervous? Don’t worry, our lovely door person Olivia will greet you on arrival and put your mind at ease. Drop in any week, we’ll get you dancing in no time!


6:50pm – Doors open
Check in, grab a drink from the bar and get to know your teachers and fellow students.

7:00pm – 8:00pm: Level 1 – swing dancing for beginners and improvers
This is our class for total beginners. You don’t need to know ANY swing dancing: we teach the basics every week as well as some fun things to do with it!

8:00pm – 8:15pm: Break and practice
Practice your new moves, warm up before the second class or take a well-earned rest.

8:15pm – 9:15pm: Level 2 – Intermediate class
A class for students ready to take on the social dancing challenge. To attend these classes you need to know the basic swing rhythms taught in Level 1, such as Charleston (side-by-side and tandem), 6-beat Lindy Hop and 8-beat Lindy Hop (swing outs!). We often build on the content of the first class, so if you’re feeling comfortable you’re welcome to stay for the second class in these cases. Generally we focus on Lindy Hop and Charleston, but we occasionally like to geek out on technique, zoom in on styling or give you a taste of solo dancing.

9:15pm onwards: Social
We put on a couple of songs for people to practice to, and then retire downstairs for a drink. You can normally find us in our ‘usual’ spot in the back left corner of the bar!

Taking more than one class on the same evening? Your second class is half price — just £5!

The venue

John The Unicorn is a four-minute walk south from Peckham Rye station, and easily accessible on foot from East Dulwich, Camberwell and New Cross. Coming from a bit further afield? If the London Overground isn’t convenient for you, it’s an 18-minute bus journey from Oval station on the Northern Line.

What is swing dancing?

It’s a collection of dances from the 1920s–1940s including the Lindy Hop and Charleston. Find out more.

Where can I go social dancing?

Social dances are what it’s all about: a chance to show off your hard-earned swing-dancing skills and hang out with your new friends! You’ll always find familiar faces at Swing Patrol’s regular social dances. James and Maddie also run a free social on the second Friday of every month at the East Dulwich Tavern. Find all of the details for the East Dulwich Swing Club on Facebook.

Keep up to date

London’s swing-dancing scene is thriving. Our newsletter keeps an eye on what’s happening south of the river, plus whatever local news, restaurant openings and pop-up events catch our fancy in the neighbourhood. If you’d like to be added to it, please let our doorperson Olivia know when you arrive. Alternatively, drop an email to and ask to be added to the Peckham list.
We’re also really active on Facebook. We post our recap videos there, as well as inspirational videos and all our news, so give us a like to stay in the loop!

See you soon!

Madevi & James

Getting here



7:00pm, 8:15pm


John the Unicorn

157-159 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4TL

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James David Smith

Madevi Dailly

What we teach

Lindy Hop


Level 1

Level 2



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