The best clubs and nights out around Elephant and Castle

21 Dec 2021

The festive season is here, so our social calendars are full of nights out with friends, colleagues, and family members. If you’ve got the tricky job of organising, we don’t envy you. But allow to us to lend a helping hand with some of the best Elephant and Castle clubs and late-night venues.

Elephant Park

Ministry of Sound

103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP
This iconic venue is known very much as the home of dance music. In fact, many of us will remember the symbol that adorned a CD cover on the annual compilation album. The Ministry is set to celebrate its 21st birthday next year and, in true style, it’s celebrating with a club night. 

On various nights through the week, you’ll find events that feature different genres of dance music from electronic to rave. Once inside, you’ll find a variety of rooms, from more laid-back areas for chatter, to the full-on dance halls which feature the 64-speaker, 22-channel sound system. 


Big Band Burlesque @ Toulouse Lautrec

140 Newington Butts, SE11 4RN
Taking place on one Thursday of each month, Big Band Burlesque is a live show that entertains audiences with live vocals, burlesque acts and a live jazz band led by Pete Saunders (of Dexy’s Midnight Runners fame). 

The venue for the Burlesque show is Toulouse Lautrec; restaurant, piano bar, and arguably one of the best jazz bars in London. A late-night venue in its own right, this is one for those who perhaps favour more classic instrumental sounds to electronic beats. 

Suitable for over 18s only and please note that it takes place slightly earlier in the evening, from 7.30pm – 10pm. 


Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Road, SE17 1LB
The closest thing there is to an Elephant and Castle club, Corsica Studios offers up late nights, early mornings, and dance music. Events generally run until 3am, Sunday to Thursday and 6am on Fridays and Saturdays. 

The venue is based in two old railway arches (a great acoustic for music of any kind) and is split into two rooms. The first room is home to the bar and the stage for live shows, whilst the second is the full-on rave experience, with intense speakers for an immersive club sound. 



Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7PJ
Not strictly in Elephant & Castle but a mere 20-minute tube journey away is Printworks London – a completely unique music venue featuring electronic acts and a mainstream stage. 

The building itself pays homage to its past purpose, with many of the original machines and aesthetics left behind from its days as one of Europe’s largest printing factories. 

Late night events, club nights and gigs take place almost every night. So, if being on the dancefloor until early hours of the morning is your thing, this is the place for you. 


Mercato Metropolitano

42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
While not quite an Elephant and Castle club… but one more late-night venue that’s an alternative to dancefloors and electronic music. Mercato Metropolitano is well-known to Londoners as a social venue that’s home to some of the city’s best food popups. 

Did you also know that fabulous cocktails, heated outdoor areas and live music also take place, right the way through to 11pm midweek and 12am on weekends? A great place for post-dinner socialising during the festive period. And maybe even dessert…

For more information about the restaurants, bars and venues based here at Elephant Park, have a browse through our Eat, Drink, Shop page.