Elephant and Castle is an area of south London known primarily as being the point at which a number of major roads convene having crossed the River Thames. The area has been known as Elephant and Castle since the late 1700s and its prominence as a key transport junction in south London grew along with the number of road bridges stretching across the Thames. Elephant and Castle is now a hive of activity with residential, commercial and business properties located all around the area and close to the major roundabout that marks its epicentre. Lying within the Borough of Southwark, Elephant and Castle is home to numerous pubs, nightclubs and cultural venues, as well as large parts of the London South Bank University. Elephant and Castle is a key part of the Borough Southwark, which also incorporates districts running right up to the River Thames, as well as Dulwich, Peckham and Bermondsey.
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Elephant and Castle is a very significant commercial and economic hub for south London. The area has excellent transport connections to all parts of London, not least Westminster and the City of London, which are both within easy reach by road or via the London Underground. The area is the subject of a major regeneration initiative set to see in excess of £1 billion invested into a range of expansive redevelopment projects. Companies currently based in and around Elephant and Castle include the structural engineers of Fluid Structures, the marketing consultants ACP and the law firm Philcox Gray & Co.
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Elephant and Castle is as alive with activity as anywhere in central London and it always offers an eclectic mix of attractions, establishments and goings-on. One standout attraction is the Cuming Museum, which houses an array of impressive exhibits throughout the year and is thought of as being a miniature version of Londonís famous Natural History Museum. Elsewhere in Elephant and Castle, youíll find the Cinema Museum, which aims to preserve and showcase archives illustrating the rich history of motion pictures. Great places to eat out in Elephant and Castle include the Castle Brasserie, the Dragon Castle and the Oaka at the Mansion House on Kennington Road. There is no shortage of exciting and vibrant nightlife destinations in the area, most notably perhaps the Ministry of Sound nightclub venue. Plus there are some excellent pubs in the area too, such as the Court Tavern, the Beehive and the Prince of Wales on St Georgeís Road.
- Tube lines: Northern, Bakerloo
- Mainline stations: Elephant & Castle
- Nearest motorways: M25 via the A3
- Nearest airports: City, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted
- Other: Overground trains run directly from Elephant and Castle to north and south London