Steeped in history, culture and colour, this central spots’ recent regeneration mixes up E&C’s charming history with the glossy-shiny-and-new, creating a buzzing hive of activity. Once home to Charlie Chaplin and Michael Caine (who knew), the area is known for Latin American eats, the infamous Ministry of Sound nightclub and the Imperial War museum. There’s plenty to keep you busy, while also offering-up brilliant links to the rest of London – and the world.
Elephant & Castle, Zone 1, is currently the last stop on the Bakerloo line (there are plans to extend the line south to Lewisham). It’s also on the City branch of the Northern line. There are services to Gatwick airport, Blackfriars, Farringdon and St Pancras International plus there are 29 bus routes that pass through the area.
Mercato Metropoiltano’s arrival to the area in 2016 has been a truly exciting addition. Irresistible plates and groceries from across the globe bring the girls and boys to the yard, week in, week out. Amidst this massive, airy market you’ll find everything from Italian delicacies to Argentine steaks and Vietnamese bowls – plus craft beers and cracking cocktails (bonus) which makes it a cool evening hangout. You can also order food and groceries online for home delivery.
Elephant and Castle has the largest Latin American community in the capital so you’re in for some good food. Paladar (paladar means plate. In Cuba, a paladar is also a small, privately-run restaurant with character) serves up a delicious ever-changing menu (which just so happens to be gluten free too). They also boast an impressive Latin American wine cellar.
Do check out Colombian restaurant La Bodeguita. Mouth-watering dishes… and dancing. At 11pm on a Friday tables are moved aside so the weekend celebrations can really begin. For Brazilian flavour, see TUPI.
So rumour has it that Ministry of Sound is set to open its doors soon (yippee). The trailblazing global dance and house music brand/venue is based right here in EC. They also have a purpose-built multi-functional fitness studio. There’s HIITBOX and spin, yoga and breathwork from legendary coaches and experts deliver the high octane, immersive experiences in the world-renowned club. If music and dancing all night is your bag, keep eyes peeled for the reopening of Corsica Studios, this warehouse style venue plays host to an ever-changing line-up of small club nights and live gigs.
As well as the Ministry’s epic classes, check out the Castle Centre: an Everyone Active fitness centre with pool, cycle studio and full fitness suite. Our Parks also runs free outdoor training sessions for all Get Living residents. The Community Hub which opened in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre last year is running a host of fun virtual workout classes, from Latin American aerobics, to Afro beats dance and Upside down dance (street dance for teenagers).
Home to Burgess Park – perfect for pet owners (because did we mention all our GL sites are dog friendly). This glorious park which has designated BBQ areas set next to the fishing lake (yippee). There’s eight purpose-built BBQs and 10 spots for disposable ones. You’ll also find a BMX track, sporting facilities and on Saturdays there’s a weekly 5k race at 9am. It’s free and a wholesome way to start the weekend and meet new people. The park is open from 7:30am until 9:30pm most days (stay tuned online for most up to date details).
Not many people know about Pullen’s Yard. This cutesy cobbled street houses artists, artisans and crafts; from potters and furniture designers to painters and architects, it’s a gorgeous quaint spot that shouldn’t be missed.
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