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Louie Louie: making its mark

It scooped a string of plaudits in Time Out’s 2018 Love London Awards, has received a glowing review from the Observer’s restaurant critic, Jay Rayner, and shares its name with a rock ‘n’ roll anthem. It’s fair to say Louie Louie is one of the places to eat in south London right now – and it’s just a few steps …

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Spit and Sawdust pub stands the test of time

Don’t be fooled by the name of this popular Elephant and Castle pub After serving drinks to south London regulars since 1856 and surviving two wartime bombs, the pub might well be expected to be a little worn around the edges. But step inside and you’ll discover a bright, airy, welcoming pub – the efforts of a painstaking renovation, which …

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Getting down with the trumpets at Blue Elephant

For the past 20 years, Blue Elephant Theatre has been offering creative opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to access them, and trumpeted its 2018 grant success with a special live performance project in public spaces around the area. The theatre, whose patrons include acting legend Joanna Lumley, is a small fringe theatre in Southwark working with …

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Four easy houseplants for beginners

Do you think you are a less-than-green-fingered gardener or maybe you see yourself as a hopeless horticulturist? Fear not. You don’t need to be Alan Titchmarsh, have a huge garden or spend hours watering to feel the benefits of plants. “I’m too busy to look after a plant” As well as being easy to grow, long-lasting and bringing a lovely …

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Inside The Elephant’s Secret Kitchen

Students and staff at the London College of Communication (LCC) have teamed up with a local vegan and vegetarian restaurant, Cafe at Jamyang, to create a mouthwatering new cookbook – The Elephant’s Secret Kitchen. Inspired by a lunchtime conversation, the beautiful cookbook is packed with local flavour recipes. The result? An exquisite publication created through a recipe of talent, creativity, …

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Step into an urban oasis at Walworth Garden

There are many things you could call Walworth Garden – a local gardening charity, a plant shop, a community empowerment project, an accredited horticulture training centre – but one thing is for certain. This community garden, tucked away in the heart of Walworth, only a few minutes’ walk from Elephant & Castle, is a hidden treasure! If your mind turns …

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How to make a hand-tied bouquet

Whether you’re taking in the sun at Elephant Park or enjoying some of the green areas around Elephant & Castle, no doubt you’ll notice the flowers blossoming. Why not get creative this summer by making your own hand-tied bouquet of flowers by following these simple steps in our video below.

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Tate Modern takes the title of top UK attraction

According to the latest figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (AVLA), Tate Modern has surpassed the British Museum to become the most visited attraction in the country. Visitor numbers to the South Bank-based contemporary art gallery rose to almost 5.9 million in 2018, with many attributing the Tate Modern’s success to an increase in public awareness, an extension …

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Diogenes The Dog: a new wine bar aiming to change the game

Just a stone’s throw from Elephant Park, a new wine bar is championing unique wines from lesser-known regions.  Diogenes The Dog is a cafe and wine bar named after one of the founders of Cynicism – and like its Ancient Greek namesake, the venue is doing things differently. The bar’s owner, Sunny Hodge, wants to ‘turn wine culture on its …

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Get a running start

If solo running isn’t for you, or you’re struggling to find much-needed motivation, take a look at the options below– both short and long– to get your training back on track. The warm-up event Before diving into the 26.2-mile marathon, why not give Southwark Park’s 10k fun run a go? Taking place on Saturday 11 May at 9.30am, the 6.2-mile …