Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre

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Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre
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Opened in 1965, Europe’s first covered shopping complex is brutalist architecture in the extreme. Unfortunately, the clean lines and geometric principles that created such dynamic buildings on smaller sites turned the uncompromisingly large shopping centre into an unwieldy mini metropolis dumped on a junction. Monolithic, windowless and with watermarks staining its paintwork, retail heaven it isn’t. No wonder Time Out readers once voted Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre the biggest eyesore in London. However time is up for the capital’s most dubious architectural icon in its current form. The most recent plans involve redeveloping the site (rather than demolishing it, as had been expected) to provide retail and residential space as part of the wider regeneration of Elephant and Castle.

Venue name: Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre
Address:
London
SE1 6TG
Transport: Tube: Elephant & Castle
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Richard N
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E&C shopping centre is awful. I love it so much. It's got some of the most budget shops around, from Iceland supermarket to a Poundland (R.I.P. 99p store...) along with tons of other cheapo outlets. I do actually personally go out of my way to visit the shopping centre from time to time just to get my hands on some value goods (or kitsch). There's a lot to be said about searching for bargains in places that seem to shun quality, but truly, I never want this to ever leave. It's a staple of my life and you can find just about anything in here (or come up with an excuse that you'll need it). Best shopping centre for students ever.