Once hailed as south London’s answer to Bath, the Elephant and Castle’s reputation has for many years been more ugly duckling than admired swan.
Named after a pub, and famous for music halls, Europe’s biggest cinema, and a gang that styled itself The Elephant Boys, the Elephant reinvented itself more recently as a music and night club venue hip in parts, but not where most people wanted to live; a grimy and gritty place, somewhere only its locals could love.
Then along came regeneration, and suddenly unfamiliar words like investment, opportunity, desirable started to be used about the neighborhood. Isobel has been guiding around the area for nearly twenty years and exploring its history for almost twice that long.
Join her to see behind the fabled roundabouts, the derided shopping center, and find a vibrant and proud community. (Starts Castle Square, SE17 1LB, 2 pm, £5 contribution please)