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Local Area Guide: Elephant and Castle

Image of LCC and Elephant and Castle taken from above
Image of LCC and the local area from above

At London College of Communication, we're proud to call Elephant and Castle our home.

Our central location means that you can explore our vibrant local community or use the wide range of transport links in the area for further adventures across London.

Eat and drink

Mercato Metropolitano

Mercato Metropolitano is home to a daily food market offering fresh food and fine cuisines from around the world. It also offers an indoor cinema, outdoor bars, and a weekend farmers’ market. It’s a great space to relax and socialise in, especially when you want to wind-down after a long week.

Elephant Park

Elephant Park is situated close to LCC within an established and diverse local community. The food in this area is a colourful mix of global cultures from Eastern Europe all the way to Latin America.

Restaurants include: Beza Vegan Food, Hej Coffee, Koi Ramen Bar, Tasty Jerk and Pot + Rice and many others listed on the Elephant Park website.

Theo’s Pizzeria

Located only minutes from the College, Theo’s Pizzeria serves Neapolitan-style, wood-fired, sourdough pizzas. All of their food is made with quality ingredients, with a changing menu every week.

Elephant and Castle Pub

Just across the road is the Elephant and Castle Pub, which has been around since 1765! As well as serving a tasty lunch menu, the pub is a popular destination on weekends and often hosts live music events with up-and-coming DJs.

Museums, galleries and nightlife

Hotel Elephant

Hotel Elephant is a not-for-profit company which provides space for arts, culture and enterprise. The first permanent Creative Enterprise hub in the area, its location on Spare Street features plenty of workspace to help you hot-desk and a café - a perfect place to feel inspired and get creative.

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is part of a family of museums across the country which document the history of conflict from the First World War to the present day. The Museum hosts a great programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year to help visitors develop a deeper understanding of the impact of war on the world.

Ministry of Sound

The legendary Ministry of Sound nightclub first opened in 1991 in a derelict bus garage. Often described as the home of dance music, it's gone on to offer one of the best nights out in London.

Pullens Yards

Pullens Yards house a variety of studios built for designers in the late 1880s which are still home to artists, makers and creatives today. Check out work from furniture designers, letterpress printers, filmmakers, jewellers and many more during one of their Open Studio days.

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames which offers a home to venues including the National Theatre, Hayward Gallery and the British Film Institute. All offer excellent deals for students and young people.

Southwark Playhouse

Southwark Playhouse presents a year-round programme of plays, musicals and emerging theatre, and is dedicated to telling stories and inspiring the next generation of creatives. Concession rates are available for full-time students from Monday to Thursday.

Tate Modern

Take a 30-minute stroll towards the Thames and you’ll find Tate Modern - one of the world’s leading modern art galleries. On the last Friday of every month, head to the Uniqlo Tate Lates sessions for a free programme of events including DJ sets, guest speakers and workshops.