Elephant and Castle area guide

Keep busy in Elephant & Castle with Time Out's guide to restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do SE1

Andy Parsons

Elephant & Castle is a bit of a work in progress. The multi-lane double roundabout has already been extensively redesigned, making it easier to cross on foot and much less of an eyesore. By 2025, more than 3,000 new homes should have been built, a proportion of them affordable housing. As one community is unceremoniously broken up and shipped out, others are taking hold. Transient sites and condemned spaces spawn community gardens, makeshift galleries and temporary container parks. With two major universities at its heart – London College of Communication and Southbank University – Elephant & Castle is a very studenty area, with nightclubs like Corsica Studios and the world famous Ministry Of Sound and a fair few bars. The recent addition of Mercato Metropolitano, an Italian market attracting loads of middle-class foodies, shows how gentrification is finally overhauling this once-overlooked corner of SE1. South London’s Colombian community also converges on the area, filling numerous South American cafés that populate the unloved shopping centre. 

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Things to do in Elephant and Castle

Ministry of Sound
Clubs

Ministry of Sound

One of the UK’s best-known clubbing venues.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Cinema Museum
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Cinema Museum

This museum tells the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Corsica Studios
Clubs

Corsica Studios

An independent, not-for-profit arts complex.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Ministry Does Fitness
Sport and fitness

Ministry Does Fitness

Work out while listening to the latest banging dance tunes.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars

Restaurants in Elephant and Castle

Mamuska!
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Mamuska!

Polish 'milk' bar offering filling fare at bargain prices. 

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Dragon Castle
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Dragon Castle

A family-run Cantonese restaurant.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Ivory Arch
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Ivory Arch

A much-loved local Indian restaurant.

Users say
1 out of 5 stars
Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec & Jazz Bar
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Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec & Jazz Bar

A brasserie with pedigree, run by French brothers.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Bars in Elephant and Castle

Champagne + Fromage - Mercato Metropolitano
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Champagne + Fromage - Mercato Metropolitano

Brie and bubbles at the buzzy Mercato Metropolitano .

Louie Louie
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Louie Louie

A fun and quirky bar and restaurant.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Pubs in Elephant and Castle

The Elephant and Castle
Bars and pubs

The Elephant and Castle

A trendy joint with craft beer on tap. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Gladstone Arms
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Gladstone Arms

Venue says: “Check out our new Anglo-Indian Sunday roasts: railway lamb chops and Smoked Delhi butter chicken with Bombay potatoes and Yorkshire pudding!”

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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The Tankard
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The Tankard

A smart drinking spot with an ace roof terrace.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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The Three Stags
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The Three Stags

Come for good food and bags of character.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels near Elephant and Castle

H10 London Waterloo

H10 London Waterloo

A modern, glamorous place to stay.

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Safestay London Elephant & Castle

Safestay London Elephant & Castle

Hostel located in the former Labour Party headquarters.

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Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo

A well-appointed hotel less than 10 minutes' walk from Elephant tube.

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Eurotraveller Hotel- Express (Elephant & Castle)

Eurotraveller Hotel- Express (Elephant & Castle)

Clean and affordable accommodation.

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The perfect weekend in Elephant and Castle

Explore: Imperial War Museum
Museums

Explore: Imperial War Museum

A great London museum, less than 10 minutes' walk from Elephant tube.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Drink: The Elephant and Castle
Bars and pubs

Drink: The Elephant and Castle

Elephant's newest, buzziest pub.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Dance: Ministry of Sound
Clubs

Dance: Ministry of Sound

An iconic London nightclub.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Eat: Mercato Metropolitano
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Eat: Mercato Metropolitano

Treat yourself to a cheese board and some bubbles.

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