Elephant & Castle is currently a work in progress. The plots around the multi-lane double roundabout form one giant building site as estates come down and shiny new towers go up – part of a massive £1.5 billion regeneration of south London’s traffic gateway. 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. 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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Pop-up happening The Paperworks is bulging with DJs playing disco, house and funk sets, bespoke bars serving cocktails, street food and special one-off events. Located a few minutes away from top south London club Corsica Studios (who helped develop the project), the largely covered venue was recently transformed for winter, with more bars and (warm) areas added in, all of which means there are yet more reasons to visit this top pop-up party. The Paperworks is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.