i was just hoping to get some feedback on elephant & castle, since i am possibly moving into the area (princess st, very close to the tube station). i've heard mixed things about the area and the only thing i really know there is from my regular trips to house nights at ministry. i would really appreciate anyone putting down their thoughts about the area and any advice/suggestions. cheers
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 24 February 2005 10.28am by James Hatts.
There are already loads of threads where people have put down their experiences of living around E&C. Try a search for "Elephant Castle" and whatever other things you're interested in (like "safety" or "food") and change the last drop down box to all dates.
I've just bought a flat opposite the tube, I currently live on Borough Road in Borough but Elephant tube is my closest one at the moment.
I too had reservations about Elephant at first, but I've been in the area for over 6 months now renting and when I decided to buy I chose Elephant for its location.
Like some of the threads say, it is superbly placed for transport- zone 1, 2 tube lines, walking distance to Borough and London Bridge and also, cheap.
If you look at the threads which sidhue recommends, you'll see that there is going to be a major regeneration project in Elephant.
Every area of London can be dangerous- I briefly lived in Vauxhall and was afraid every time I went out of the gate!
I've lived at Elephant for over a year and a half and have never felt threatened, though I don't have any cause to enter backstreets or the estates. Princess Street is just off the roundabout and seems quite safe to me. People are often jealous of the options I have for getting home in the early hours of the morning after a night out, too.
I've lived in London Rd for 3.5 years and have never had any trouble despite coming home late alot! There's always tonnes of people around the tube waiting for buses - but I never need to go onto the estates and always walk over the roundabout to the delightful shopping centre.
It's a bit dirty and very noisy, but all part of the charm.
Yes the shopping centre is one of the seven wonders of the world. Despite the absolutely disgusting and discouraging surroundings and entrances, it actually DOES have everything one NEEDS - no smart boutiques, but emergency food supplies, great DIY store, Woolies, Boots/Superdrug, the shoe mender, photo printing, good flower stall, and Clark's Factory Shop where I always find another pair of shoes. We shall probably all miss it when it's gone!
The long and the short of it IS....COME AND LIVE AT THE ELEPHANT. It's the coming place, I promise you. We are OLD PEOPLE, (mid sixties) but in my pre retirement life as a building contractor I was telling people seven or eight years ago "buy inthe Elephant, buy in the Old Kent Road" and they laughed....now they're realising that I was right. Even longer ago, I told people "Buy in Deptford" when you could have bought the whole of Deptford for about ten quid. Again everyone sneered, and now they say " Remember when you said...?" and I say, "yes, I remember when I SAID, I remember when you didnt DO". Twenty years from now, which is not so long, you guys will be smugly congratulating yourselves on having got here before the place turns into the new (horrible) Fulham. Then you can sell at Fulham prices and go to the next place! Or retire!
The above posters are right. The transport to the Elephant late at night is superb. I haven't caught a cab home since I moved into SE1, the night buses are as frequent as day buses - and the Elephant is as busy as you could ask for, 24 hours per day or night.