Just as you’d expect from a vibrant neighbourhood in the heart of London, Elephant & Castle is buzzing day and night. From museums bursting with history and leading live theatre to traditional pubs serving fine ales and bars – where you can relax with a cocktail or glass of chilled Chablis – there’s plenty to keep you entertained around the clock.
Fancy hitting the dancefloor and not returning home until the small hours? Look no further than the world-famous Ministry of Sound for the ultimate clubgoer’s night out. Luckily, it’s on your doorstep, so just a seven-minute walk home.
If it’s a more chilled-out vibe you’re looking for, you’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty of inviting places to enjoy a drink, whether it’s a quiet evening out for two or a long overdue catch up with friends over dinner. If you’re look for quirky craft ales, classy cocktails or fine wines, you’ll find just the spot in Elephant & Castle.
Southwark Playhouse, Elephant & Castle
By the end of 2019, there’ll be not one, but two Southwark Playhouse venues. The award-winning theatre began life 25 years ago beneath London Bridge station, then in 2013, the theatre moved to its temporary home on Newington Causeway. Here, it has continued to offer the best of fringe theatre in the capital, specialising in new writing, classic plays and musicals, and youth theatre. The playhouse has grabbed the opportunity to create a permanent, flagship venue in the heart of Elephant & Castle, alongside a more intimate venue back at its roots in London Bridge. The next chapter of this inspiring theatre will definitely be one to watch.
77-85 Newington Causeway SE1 6BD
Ministry of Sound, Elephant & Castle
The iconic venue is world-renowned on the clubbing scene and is home to the biggest names in dance music. Located in a former bus depot, the huge club boasts four dancefloors and various bars. Just a few steps from Elephant & Castle tube station, this clubbing institution is just minutes from Elephant Park – an easy walk home at the end of the night and no need to call a cab! But if late nights aren’t your thing you can still get your music fix at one of the club’s fitness classes during the day.
103 Gaunt Street SE1 6DP
Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle
Tucked away underneath two railway arches, this club is a more intimate venue than the nearby Ministry of Sound, but it’s been attracting top DJs and producers since 2005. Previously known as the Corsica Arts Club, the two-roomed venue is known for its house and techno music with the likes of Bleep43, Plex and Tief staging events. This is the place for you if you like a smaller venue that doesn’t scrimp on sound.
4-5 Elephant Road SE17 1LB
IWM London, Kennington
Steeped in history, this fantastic museum in nearby Kennington is well worth a visit. You could easily spend a morning or afternoon exploring the museum’s many galleries and exhibitions or even longer if you want to recharge in the onsite café. The impressive façade gives a taste of what’s to come with truly breath-taking dispels. Witnesses to War is a permanent exhibition and a must-see on your visit to the museum. You will be amazed by the sight of a Harrier jet and Spitfire plane suspended above a V-2 rocket, while the sight of Baghdad Car – a vehicle destroyed in a suicide car bombing – will leave you with goosebumps.
Lambeth Road SE1 6HZ
The Cinema Museum, Kennington
This popular museum has won the Most Loved Local Culture Spot 2018 from Time Out London. If you’re a fan of the silver screen, then this charming museum – just a nine-minute walk away – is a must-see for you. It’s been in residence in the former Lambeth Workhouse building, which was home to Charlie Chaplin as a child, for more than 20 years, and is bursting with iconic film memorabilia. There are posters, art deco cinema chairs, ushers’ uniforms from the 1940s and 50s, tickets, ashtrays and popcorn cartons and, perhaps most impressive of all, an archive boasting 17 million ft of film. To make the most of your visit, pre-book a guided tour for a full Cinema Museum experience.
The Master’s House, 2 Dugard Way SE11 4TH
Escape Plan, Elephant & Castle
Fancy getting together a group of friends and putting your problem-solving skills to the test? The live gaming experience Escape Plan lets you do just that at Iliffe Yard, above the Electric Elephant Café. Set in a former photographer’s studio, it’s a lock-in with a difference where you are transported back to the start of World War II and must crack a series of codes against the clock to win the game.
Introduced in the summer of 2015 by Brendan Mills and his wife Kerry as a pop-up shop on a three-month trial, it’s been a hit – and, three years later, is still going strong in Elephant & Castle. It has a sister branch in Shoreditch.