Living in Elephant & Castle

Area Guides Feb 26, 2024

Located in the heart of the London Borough of Southwark, offers a unique blend of contemporary urban living and rich history. This Central London neighborhood, once known for its namesake 18th-century pub and coaching inn near its major roundabout, has transformed into a vibrant area. Known as the "Piccadilly of South London," Elephant and Castle boasts similarities to Soho with its bustling shopping centers and significant road junctions.

The strategic location of Elephant & Castle, rivaling central areas and neighbours like Victoria, is among its many appealing aspects. Over the last twenty years, the area has seen extensive regeneration, introducing fresh green spaces, a mix of public and private housing, and a modern leisure center. The evolution continues with approved plans to completely revamp the Elephant & Castle shopping center, promising new commercial and residential spaces, a cinema, and a new campus for the London College of Communication.

Elephant & Castle is an ideal place to live for a diverse range of residents, from busy commuters seeking fast access to the business district to families looking for a community to grow in. The area has seen a surge of independent businesses, enriching the local culture. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy a variety of activities, from theater shows and indie shops to vibrant marketplaces, all complementing the established museums and galleries. Living in Elephant & Castle truly offers a dynamic and fulfilling urban experience.

The Mercato Metropolitano

To learn more about living in Elephant and Castle, see our guide below.


The Elephant and Castle tube station connects to the Bakerloo and Northern lines. Arrive in King’s Cross Station in only 15 minutes!

Borough and Kennington Stations are nearby stops that also connect to the Northern Line. Lambeth North is the next stop on the Bakerloo line.

Just a few minutes over from the Elephant and Castle tube station is the Elephant and Castle National Railway Station, that connects to the Thameslink and Southeastern lines.

Elephant and Castle is located in Zones 1 and 2.

Things to do, places to eat & drink

Here are some of our favourite places to hang out in the local area

Mercato Metropolitano Elephant and Castle

One of Elephant and Castle’s most popular attractions, Mercato Metropolitano is home to over 40 independent trading partners all located under one roof. The food hall is situated in an abandoned paper factory and features one of London’s largest covered terrace areas. Mercato Metropolitano has food from all around the world, as well as various music, theatre, and community events.

Rincon Costeno

With over 20 years in the business, Rincon Costeno has some of the best Ecuadorian food that London has to offer. From savoury meat dishes, like churrasco con carne and fritada, to delicious seafood concoctions, the restaurant has something for everyone. Try the fresh ceviche as an appetiser and don’t forget to order one of their many natural juices on the side!

Beza Ethiopian

Beza Ethiopian is a vegan Ethiopian restaurant that serves affordable, authentic food in a chic setting. Beza’s menu is both healthy and flavourful, putting a modern twist on traditional dishes. Even meat lovers will fall in love with Beza’s lentil and mung bean specialties!

Burgess Park

Living in Elephant & Castle - Burgess Park

Burgess Park is one of Southwark’s premier green spaces. The park features fantastic facilities, such as cricket and football pitches as well as tennis courts and a BMX track. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll or try something more intense, you’ll find that the park has amenities for every member in your family.

Southwark Playhouse

Immerse yourself in Elephant and Castle’s art scene by taking in a show at the Southwark Playhouse theatre. The theatre’s Young Company program provides locals aged 14-25 with hands-on theatre experience so they can learn to express themselves through new mediums. The venue hosts various events throughout the year and even has its own bar inside.

Imperial War Museum

Living in Elephant & Castle - Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum has five locations throughout the UK, with IWM London located in Elephant and Castle! This free museum has exciting exhibitions on both World Wars, providing an inside look into some of the most extraordinary 20th century military expeditions. New exhibits are added throughout the year, so there’s always something new to see!

If you’re considering a move to Elephant & Castle, you can view all of the fantastic properties we have available in the local area here.

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Author: Julia Kaluta

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