Hooray, we’re allowed to socialise again! While guidelines are permitting the opening of many inside venues, it’s summer and we’ve developed a taste for the outdoors, so here’s our top six outdoor Elephant and Castle pubs, beer gardens, restaurants and dining haunts.
Jim and Tonic
Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6DR
Located in the eclectic Mercato Metropolitano, Jim and Tonic is one of the area's most beloved summer watering holes and a must-visit destination for gin lovers. Self-described as a sustainable urban distillery, these guys are all about good times, friendly staff and helping to regenerate the local community. Their Elephant and Castle pub and beer garden (or should that be gin garden?) is a haven for summer afternoon socialising with friends for a cheeky weekend drink - just expect to follow Covid guidelines and stay safe, people!
The Tap In
2 Sayer St, Elephant Park, London SE17 1FG
One for the resident sports fans, this craft beer and bottle shop is a brilliant place for a pint, and a beloved Elephant and Castle pub staple. They screen all major football from Premier League, EFL, Serie A, La Liga and much more which you can enjoy while sampling their vast selection of over 20 varieties of local beer and 200 bottles and cans. Hungry? The resident kitchen maestros Jama Havana serve-up moreish Cuban-American food which is perfectly washed down with a fine ale. Cheers!
4-5 London Rd, London SE1 6JZ
This attractive local Elephant and Castle pub, restaurant and bodega brings Latin American flavours to Southwark. Sip a glass of wine (South American grapes only, please) in their beautiful, fairy light lit courtyard or sample a cocktail with more than just a hint of tequila. When the sun goes down and your appetite’s up, outdoor dining is the answer - dive into the likes of crispy pork belly lettuce tacos, quinoa fritters or tuna tostadas. Everything’s delicious and so it should be - paladar means palate in Latin American lingo . . . and your paladar won’t know what’s hit it.
The Elephant and Castle Pub
119 Newington Causeway, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6BN
This is a great pub for those looking for a spontaneous summer drink and hearty pub food. The Elephant & Castle team doesn’t book out all its outdoor tables to make room for walk-ins, so there’s more than a good chance you and your mates can have an off-the-cuff pint or enjoy outdoor dining without a reservation. They serve up delicious brunch and bar food and can accommodate groups of six for up to two hours but, like everywhere, be prepared to follow Covid guidelines and leave your details.
111 Kennington Rd, London SE11 6SF
Born of the BrewDog family, The Tankard is a relaxed and stylish place to grab a drink. This Victorian era pub was once frequented by Charlie Chaplin, no less, and the famous rooftop terrace has spectacular views over London. The party line is great craft beer, fun atmosphere and delicious food - and it really delivers. They’re only a few minutes from the tube station too!
Spit and Sawdust
21 Bartholomew St, London SE1 4AL
If the Peaky Blinders crew opened an Elephant and Castle pub, this would be it. We’re not talking brawling over a pint but the aesthetic is very much vintage Victorian shabby chic. The team is proud of the large selection of craft beer, interesting gin and whisky selections, as well as delicious London pies. There’s a spacious, guideline-friendly beer garden where you can while away your two-hour slot, as well as loads of cool events throughout the summer - beer festivals, quiz nights and their famous Sunday roast menu. Yum.