30 Borough Road, Borough, SE1 0AJShow on map
The Bridge Hotel is a 60 room, budget friendly hotel which is based in Southwark, South East London. This lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. The closest tube station to the Bridge Hotel is Borough. This... Read More »
18 Amelia Street, Elephant and Castle, SE17 3PYShow on map
The Eurotraveller Express Hotel is a 32 room, budget friendly 3 star hotel which is located in Kennington, South East London. This lies in Zone 2 of the Underground system. It is served by the Northern line.... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
284 - 302 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, SE1 8RQShow on map
Just across the Thames via Westminster Bridge are the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Across Waterloo Bridge you can find the impressive neoclassical building of Somerset House. Further on is the... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
54 Kennington Road, Lambeth, SE1 7BJShow on map
You can reach Days Waterloo Hotel by bus, rail and tube. Lambeth North Underground station is 0.1 miles from the hotel. It is in Travelcard Zone 1 and is on the Bakerloo Line. Waterloo Station is 0.6 miles... Read More »
Bed and Breakfast
103, Kennington Park Road London SE11 4JJ, Kennington, SE11 4JJShow on map
Kennington Bed and Breakfast is a charming boutique hotel housed in a Georgian town house conversion in the Kennington district of London, south of the River Thames and close to Waterloo and Elephant and... Read More »
200 Borough High Street, Borough, SE1 1JXShow on map
The London City Hotel is a 18 room 3 star budget friendly hotel which is located in Southwark, South East London. This lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. The nearest tube station to the London City... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
73, Lambeth Walk, London, Lambeth, SE11 6DXShow on map
The London Eye Hostel is a 116 room budget friendly hostel located in Lambeth, South East London. The closest tube station to this hostel is Lambeth North. It lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. It... Read More »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
34 Long Lane, Borough, SE1 4NHShow on map
"Award winning 180 apartment modern complex" Marlin Empire Square is a landmark development of over 180 serviced apartments in Southwark, South East London. The nearest tube station to Empire Square is Borough... Read More »
203 Long Lane, SE1, Southwark, SE1 4TQShow on map
Think London Bridge is a modern development of apartments suitable for short stays in London. Borough is the nearest Underground station, 0.7 miles away, on the Northern Line (Bank branch) between London... Read More »
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Visiting Elephant & Castle can be a disorienting experience for any who haven't visited previously. On exiting the tube station, you are confronted by a large, busy ring road, with a market to one side and a pub to the other and a large memorial to founder of electricity Michael Faraday, who was born nearby; the area is also usually thronging with people. Situated in the Borough of Southwark, the area is steeped in history and was the site where protestants were burnt at the stake during the Marian persecutions in the 16th century, and like quite a few London districts, it was named after a tavern, where the local court met.
The area developed significantly during the Georgian and Victorian eras, after the construction of Westminster Bridge, which improved transport drastically and created the junction atop which the area sits, connecting Old Kent Road and New Kent Road.
Despite a brief period where it was known as 'the Piccadilly of the South', the area has a string immigrant community, with plenty of Columbian and Chinese restaurants in the area, and despite good links to the City of London and Westminster, the area isn't fully gentrified as of yet. However, Elephant & Castle's proximity to Waterloo, and fantastic transport links, with a tube station servicing the Northern Line and Bakerloo, have made it a popular place to live and areas of social housing sit alongside trendy modern flats and conversions. From Elephant & Castle, you have a direct link to Paddington Station, a terminus for the Heathrow Express Train, so it is in a great location for tourists to explore London.
Elephant & Castle is perhaps best known for its shopping centre, initially supposed to be a revolutionary new design, dwindling funds meant that the size had to be reduced and when it opened only 29 of a potential 120 shops were trading.
The original design was a rather unfortunate example of ugly, 60s brutalist architecture, which was doing the landscape no favours, but the decision to paint the whole centre, including the statue of an elephant outside it bright pink, didn't necessarily improve matters! The shopping centre is still a rather garish colour, but locals have embraced it with a wry sense of humour.
The Imperial War Museum is located nearby, which is a fascinating, if occasionally harrowing, place to visit, and the famous Ministry of Sound nightclub offers an energetic and colourful night out. Corsica Studios also offers a huge industrial space to dance in. Restaurants in the area are largely chains such as Nandos and Pizza Exoress, but due to the prominence of the Latin American community, there are several fantastic eateries to try. The Latin American community are actually a huge part of the plan to regenerate the area further, with plans for more shops and restaurants to turn this part of the city into a 'Latin American corridor'.
Hotels in Elephant & Castle and in the surrounding areas of Waterloo and Bermondsey range from largely business-oriented chain hotels, to stylish boutique hotels, to budget options, which vary in quality but offer very affordable rooms in a well connected area. You may not have the most elegant surroundings, but with great food, a lively clubbing scene and central London just minutes away by tube, you can easily ignore the big pink elephant outside the shopping centre.