Elephant & Castle located just southeast of borough, is a central London neighbourhood undergoing significant transformation as part of a comprehensive regeneration initiative, with a planned replacement of 3,000 homes in Elephant Park. A place that offers a blend of historical significance and modern amenities.
The name derives from a coaching inn; lodgings at the Elephant are mentioned in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and there are records of meetings of the local manor court at the inn in the 1700s.
Elephant and Castle History
Originally known as Newington, the area is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, featuring a church and almshouses built by the guilds of fishmongers and drapers. The rural nature changed after the building of Westminster Bridge in 1751 and the population grew in Georgian and Victorian times.
The railway opened in 1863 and the tube in 1890. In 1861 the Metropolitan Tabernacle was built and remains a prominent landmark. In the 20th century, the area was popular for shopping and entertainment with department stores, theatres and cinemas. However, it was badly damaged by bombing in World War 2 and in the 1960s large developments took place including the Elephant & Castle shopping centre and residential tower blocks.
Leisure & Amenities
Things to do In Elephant and castle:
- Mercato Metropolitano
- Imperial War Museum
- Ministry of Sound
- Coronet Cinema
- Southwark Playhouse
- East St Market
Top 5 places Bars/Restaurants in Elephant and Castle.
- The Prince of Wales – Pub influenced by the Irish culture
- Sabor Peruano – Spanish for “Peruvian Taste”
- Paladar – Latin American
- Toulouse Lautrec – quality French food
- Dragon Castle – Chinese, Dim Sum
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