One of South London’s biggest regeneration success stories, Elephant & Castle is in the process of being completely transformed, and it’s earning a stellar reputation. This up-and-coming corner of the capital, blessed with world-class nightlife and a strong selection of independent businesses; is attracting hordes of buyers and renters as a result. Read on to discover developments that are the best places to live in Elephant & Castle. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Elephant & Castle.
Housing in the area
Like lots of South London hubs, Elephant & Castle has seen huge investment in recent years, with thousands of new homes expected to be completed in the area by 2025. Along with lots of affordable housing, slick new-build skyscrapers are popping up left, right and centre.
Two Fifty One is a great example of the latter, with its first-class facilities and design-led apartments. This Oakmayne property also has a collection of luxury penthouses located on its upper floors. Strata, by Multiplex, is another sleek mixed-use building, with a great selection of shops and restaurants available alongside modern studios and apartments.
“Location is amazing, with plenty of bars, restaurants and things to do within walking distance. The development itself is modern, stylish and well built. We have 24hr concierge (who are, on the whole, brilliant), gym, steam room, cinema room and ‘party room’ for entertaining which comes with fully fitted out kitchen.” – Shrubbean, verified resident at Two Fifty One
“Views are amazing, we’re on the 31st floor and see iconic landmarks such as St Paul’s and London Eye. High enough away from the ground, that noise levels are minimal. Beautifully kitted out apartments and tastefully designed. Very central location in zone 1, close to shops and transport, plus improving all the time with significant regeneration happening in the area.” – Kaz, resident at Strata
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“Close to shops, great and quiet area. kid friendly and pet friendly. a real neighbourhood feel to the building complex.” – Tom, resident at The Water Tower
“The building quality is good. I have 2 bedroom and it feels really modern and bigger than what is around the area.” – HW, verified resident at One the Elephant
Get Living’s Elephant Central has scooped several HomeViews Awards, and is often praised for its central setting…
“As a student, I’ve found this location to be perfect with a Sainsbury’s and gym a minute away.” – Sidd R, verified resident at Elephant Central
Baldwin Point is a Lendlease development with lots of choice in terms of floorplans; you’ll find apartments, townhouses and mansion blocks on offer here. Another Lendlease property – Elephant Park – comes with shops and restaurants and has its own onsite Energy Hub. Rated as a great place to rent in Elephant & Castle.
Who lives in Elephant & Castle?
Two universities – Southbank University and also, the London College of Communication – make for a sizeable student population. The area’s lively nightlife scene keeps the younger crowds happy. With a decent sprinkling of bars, pubs and clubs and the legendary Ministry of Sound attracting DJs from all over. Elephant & Castle is also home to the largest Colombian community in the capital, evident in the area’s Latin American restaurants and dance bars.
Things to do in the area
Clubbing and salsa dancing aside, there’s lots to discover in this South London gem. The Cinema Museum tells the story of movie-screening over the years; you can head here to watch films in wonderfully vintage surroundings. Fascinated by the military? Check out the Imperial War Museum. Foodies, meanwhile, will love ambling around the Mercato Metropolitano, which, unlike most London food markets, is open seven days a week. In this colossal food hall, 40 vendors dish up street food from around the world. Like the name suggests, Italian cuisine dominates most of the stalls, but you’ll also find Lebanese, Turkish and Japanese delicacies.
Getting to and from Elephant & Castle
Elephant and Castle has a Zone 1 tube station, which is serviced by the Northern and Bakerloo lines. As the last stop on the latter, it makes for a fairly calm morning commute. You can reach Old Street from here in 11 minutes, and Canary Wharf in just 15. The area’s train station, meanwhile, offers direct Thameslink trains to Farringdon and King’s Cross St Pancras.