The new shopping opportunities in and around the Elephant Park development will really put Elephant & Castle on the retail map. Shopping doesn’t get any more local than this, with a mix of high street brands, independent outlets and convenience stores just a few steps from your door.
It’s not just the newer areas of Elephant & Castle that will make you want to indulge in some retail therapy, though. Once called home by Michael Caine and Charlie Chaplin, a trip down vibrant Walworth Road is a shopping must. Foodies will find everything on their list and more, with Caribbean bakeries and Lebanese street food all in the mix. Running south from the Elephant & Castle roundabout, almost as far as Burgess Park, it’s impossible not to be impressed by Walworth Road’s rich history, with some of London’s oldest retailers still trading there today. You can indulge your interest in art, recharge in a quirky café and, if you’re heading out for an evening at one of the Elephant’s bars or clubs, you can pick up some choice breakfast items for the morning after the night before.
Elephant Park Retail
Elephant Park’s new retail offering will completely transform shopping in Elephant & Castle, with more than 50 new shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy, all just a few steps from home. Split across four retail neighbourhoods, you’ll find convenience and high street stores at Walworth Road; food and drink outlets at Walworth Square, Sayer Street; leisure retail outlets and collaborative workspaces at New Kent Road; and health and wellbeing shopping opportunities, including lifestyle brands at Park Retail.
Elephant & Castle Town Centre
Elephant & Castle is known for its rich history and diverse community, and the new town centre will celebrate this while providing an exciting new shopping experience. The former Elephant & Castle shopping centre will make way for the new town centre, which will include more than 170,000 sq ft of new shops and restaurants alongside a 1,000 seat multi-screen cinema. When it opens, this regenerated area will provide a shopping hub for Elephant Park residents, as well as the wider community.
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G.Baldwin & Co
One of London’s oldest herbalists, here you’ll find a vast range of natural beauty products and health remedies with bags of product knowledge and experience thrown in for free. Located on bustling Walworth Road since 1844, step inside and the sight of the traditional high counters, shiny wooden floors and well-stocked shelves bursting with herbs, oils and ointments will transport you back in time. But don’t be fooled by the nostalgic atmosphere – Baldwins has moved with the times and can offer advice on the health food market, as well as its extensive collection of natural remedies.
171-173 WALWORTH ROAD, SE17 1 RW
Pullens Yards, Elephant & Castle
Arty types will love the creative space at these former Victorian buildings. Made up of Clements Yard, Iliffe Yard and Peacock Yard, the Pullens Estate was built between 1870-1901 by local builders, James Pullen and Son. The yards have a history of creativity and, in their early years, housed a number of interesting trades including industrial clogmakers for the fire service, makers of ships’ fans, and manufacturers of X-ray machines. Visit during one of the regular Open Studios weekends to meet the artists, craftspeople and designers – and maybe even commission your own piece of art.
CLEMENTS YARD, LLIFFE YARD, PEACOCK YARD, SE17 3LH
This stylish stationer’s is a one-stop shop for all your art and craft needs. Whether you’re a budding artist or a weekend crafter, you’ll find everything you’re looking for at Kennington’s first stationery and art supplies shop. QueArts also offers a bespoke framing service, so if you have a picture waiting to be framed, look no further. You can also pick up quirky greetings cards and all manner of giftwrap.
220 KENNINGTON PARK ROAD, SE11 4DA
Tesco, Elephant & Castle
Need to do a big weekly shop? If you’ve forgotten to book your online shopping slot, don’t worry – you can stock up on all your household essentials and food items in one location at this Teco superstore close to Old Kent Road. Open daily from 6am to midnight from Monday to Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday, you’ll also find an instore pharmacy and a handy petrol station.
107 DUNTON ROAD, SE1 5HG
Offering a wide range of unisex services including: waxing; manicures and pedicures; eyelash extensions; high-definition brows; and hair treatments at the salon’s blow-dry bar. Customers can give their feet some attention can sit back and relax in one of Dima Beautiful’s luxurious pedicure ‘thrones’ and enjoy some light refreshments.