Guide to living in
ELEPHANT AND CASTLE
Often described merely as a major road junction, Elephant & Castle is oh so much more than that. Previously inhabited by two of Britain’s most famous exports, Charlie Chaplin and Michael Caine, the area, fondly referred to as Elephant by locals is one of London’s most interesting and colourful places.
One of the most striking landmarks in Elephant & Castle is the shopping centre – its red (we told you it was colourful!), despite its unconventional appearance the shopping centre offers all the expected high street shops.
Party animals can find the nationwide renowned Ministry of Sound club on Gaunt Street, and there a selection of other bars to compliment it nicely.
“Metro Central Heights and the Strata SE1 residential block completed in 2010 have provided the area with some much needed quality residence perfect for young professionals”
Elephant & Castle is in close proximity to Westminster and the South Bank, home to some of London’s busiest tourist attractions. A little nearer, one can find a buzzing street market and a bizarre if not thrilling selection of Colombian cafés and bars in the local area.
Metro Central Heights and the Strata SE1 residential block completed in 2010 have provided the area with some much needed quality residence perfect for young professionals. If you look hard enough there are also some stylish Victorian terraces – ideal for a first-time buyer to snap up their very own piece of inner London.
The Lobster Pot’s sea shanty atmosphere is infectious and the restaurant is decked out like a ship with fishnets and other maritime props. There is also a great seafood menu, a hit with many food critics. Named after Elephant’s most famous resident, the Charlie Chaplin is a classic boozer with food, sports and karaoke – what more could you want?
Historic venue the Coronet Theatre has been entertaining people for over 100 years now, and with a full schedule of gigs, screenings and club nights it looks set to continue. Although relaunched in 2003, the Coronet has held on to its period features and architectural charm.
Elephant and Castle is blessed by the presence of the London Underground, served by the Northern Line and the Bakerloo Line. London Waterloo is very close by and there is also a National Rail station which can take you to Wimbledon, Kentish Town, Sevenoaks and more.