Elephant & Castle

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Kensington

The crossroads of family homes and little shops the Elephant & Castle calls home could almost be a quiet village in Oxfordshire, a comparison on which you might muse as you sip a pint of London Pride or Doom Bar (joined by guests such as Thornbridge Jaipur or Stonehenge Sign of Spring) on the terrace.

The interior feels lived in: regulars find their place on a studded, upholstered banquette, in a wooden booth or in an intimate back room lined with newspaper splashes of 20th-century moments (Laika, Neil Armstrong).

The blurb on the menu – pies, pastas, sausages – refers to the pub’s traditional attraction to journalists (it’s within post-deadline range of the Mail’s office). These days, though, you’ll mostly find residents and white-collar workers doing the Standard crossword.

Venue name: Elephant & Castle
Contact:
Address: 40 Holland Street
London
W8 4LT
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm daily
Transport: Tube: High Street Kensington tube

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James A
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A down-to-earth pub in this neck of the woods is a rare thing, but the E&C pulls it off. Locals rub shoulders with workers from nearby record labels and apart from suffering from the common London pitfall of having a very narrow pavement to accomodate the smokers and outdoor drinkers (staff can be a little overzealous when it comes to asking people to move), it's worth seeking out if you're in the area.