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Ten Things To Do In Elephant and Castle London

My Ten Things To Do In Elephant and Castle London is perfect for anyone who hasn’t visited this area for a while. It’s undergone a massive transformation, so you may not recognise it. The shopping centre that had the famous pink elephant standing outside is currently being demolished. There are various new apartment blocks, restaurants, and shops at Elephant Park.

castle square elephant

To make way for the significant transformation, the Heygate Housing Estate was flattened. Because the tenants got displaced, the demolition met with controversy. With any large-scale regeneration project, there are positives and negatives and sadness for those who lost their homes or had to move their businesses out of the shopping centre. The significant advantage for me is the underpass beneath the big roundabout now has road level crossing. I got lost under that roundabout several times, so I’m thankful for that improvement. I hope you will find my Ten Things To Do In Elephant and Castle helpful and that you can find time to rediscover the area.

Ten Things To Do In Elephant and Castle

mercato metropolitano exterior newington causway

Meet friends to dine at one of the Mercato Metropolitano venues. The large food hall at 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR, has internal and external food and drink vendors plus a grocery store. A new MMy Mercato Metropolitano is now open at Walworth Road SE17 1GA with a few food vendors and groceries. Around the corner, MM Factory will open later this year on Walworth Square and Sayer Street. The focus will be on sustainable dining with a cookery school programme.

sayer street restaurants elephant and castle

Dine at one of the restaurants on Sayer Street, the new foodie destination in Elephant and Castle, offering international cuisine. The street is pedestrianised, so it’s a relaxing place to hang out. The area has a reputation for Columbian food, and you can still find small eateries dotted about.

beza ethiopian restaurant elephant and castle

Some of the eateries include Beza (Ethiopian Vegan) shown above, Pot and Rice (Pan Asian), Miko’s (Ecuadorian), Bayroot (Lebanese), Tasty Jerk (Jerk Chicken), SUGO (Italian) and Bobo Social (All Day Dining), read my Bobo Social Review.

castle square elephant and castle

Shop at Castle Square, 40 Elephant Road, where you will find a mix of local retailers providing specialised services. These include hair and beauty, clothing alterations, games and gadgets, natural herbal products and more. If you miss the famous elephant, the new home is on top of the Castle Square building. Many retailers were relocated to Castle Square, Ash Avenue and Elephant Arcade when the shopping centre closed.

elephant shopping arcade at elephant and castle

Explore the Elephant Arcade, 50 London Road, which is home to about ten independent businesses. It is set inside Perronet House, a 1970s building facing the roundabout. The enterprises include Black Cowboy Coffee, Dr Juice, House of Trainers and more.

sidecar coffee bar and hotel elephant workspace

Sip a coffee and relax at one of the coffee shops. Hej Roastery and Coffee House at Mansfield Point, Rodney Road, serves pastries and more. Sidecar Coffee Bar on Spare Street is set inside a railway arch where they serve breakfast, brunch and toasties. You will see the mobile coffee sidecar outside, which travels to festivals. Black Cowboy Coffee at Elephant Arcade specialises in organic, fair-trade coffee beans.

east street market sign elephant and castle

Buy veggies and fruit from East Street Market, a traditional style market where you can buy everything from plantains to luggage and cheap clothing.

nunhead gardener elephant and castle

Treat yourself to a plant from the Nunhead Gardener Shop. I can’t resist looking around a plant shop, and I’m a big fan of the Nunhead Gardener. I was pleased to see that they have opened a shop and a hut on Sayer Street.

longdan walworth road

Pick up Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese groceries from one of the many specialist stores. My favourite is Longdan at 128-132 Walworth Road because it is massive. Nearby is Kiki and MiuMiu, and they have a bakery, 141 Walworth Road. There are more Asian supermarkets, but those two are my favourites. If you love Chinese food, check out Dragon Castle, I’ve eaten there a few times and recommend it. The website says they are undergoing improvements, so I hope they open up again soon!

heritage centre elephant and castle

Do something creative, cultural, or fun. A few options include dancing at the Ministry of Sound, watching a performance at the Southwark Playhouse, exploring the Cinema Museum, taking a short course at the Art Academy or visiting the Heritage Centre or Library.

castle sports centre elephant and castle

Keep fit by popping along to the Castle Centre where you can swim or get fit in the gym.

Ten Things To Do In Elephant and Castle Information

To find out more about the regeneration scheme, go to the Elephant Park Website. The Wikipedia Page is interesting for background information. To see pictures go to my Love Elephant and Castle London Pinterest Board. The Elephant and Castle Underground Station (Bakerloo and Northern Lines) are conveniently located to explore the area. I’ve concentrated on things to do near the Elephant and Castle roundabout or a short walk away. If you have more time, you may also want to pop along to the Imperial War Museum on Lambeth Road, where you will find lovely grounds, including the Tibetan Peace Garden. Read my Ten Things To Do In Lambeth for more information. Enjoy your visit to Elephant and Castle.

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.