As an office with its fair share of south Londoners, the South London Gallery has been on our radar for a good while. And since we chose the gallery as a backdrop for our London Lives shoot with fellow south Londoner, Marie Dessuant, we have a new found love for the place. Here's why...

SLG opened in 1891 and has an international reputation for contemporary art exhibitions and live events. Housed in a beautiful Victorian building on Peckham Road, it's a favourite of ours for a little weekend inspiration.

Currently showing Pae White: Too Much Time Again (until 12th May 2013) in the main gallery. The L.A.-based artist showcases an installation of coloured yarn criss-crossing the room spelling out words which you can only read by exploring the space. With free admission, we'll definitely be checking this one out.

As well as Charles Atlas: Glacier (until 30th March), which is actually showing off-site at Bloomberg SPACE. Atlas has created a 360 degree video installation using footage from a variety of sources including the Bloomberg digital archive.

Of course, there's a brilliant bookshop too, which we lose ourselves in during every visit.

And, if you feel the need for a pitstop, SLG's No67 cafe is the perfect place to re-fuel. Serving up delicious coffee and cakes, lunches, dinners and cocktails (we can certainly vouch for the latter), the main dining room - with artful gold leaf walls - is one of the prettiest places to eat south of the river - whether you're visiting the gallery or not.

South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London,  SE5 8UH. 020 7703 6120.