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Park life – it’s time to celebrate

London will be launched as the world’s first National Park City on 22 July as part of a festival that will be the capital’s largest free celebration of the outdoors. According to the National Park City Foundation, being close to nature is a necessity not a luxury and it wants to support this by promoting green space as vital to …

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Dima Beautiful launches new website

Top-rated beauty salon Dima Beautiful – part of the new retail line-up in Sayer Street – has recently launched a new website where customers are now able to make bookings online. Dima Beautiful opened its doors in Sayer Street earlier this year, following a successful 14-month tenure at the former The Artworks, Elephant. The beauty salon was the first retailer …

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A taste of Italy on your doorstep

The Kiosk, a new Italian pop-up cafe, specialising in premium Italian coffee and traditional food, is now open within Elephant Park. Created by Mercato Metropolitano (MM), The Kiosk can be found on the corner of Sayer Street and Heygate Street between 7.30am and 6pm every day. In its first three days alone, the new coffee bar sold more than 200 …

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Work out and swim for free at The Castle

Enjoy free swim and gym facilities at the recently revamped Castle Centre as part of a scheme by Southwark Council and Everyone Active. In 2016, The Castle Centre, in St Gabriel Walk, underwent a £20m redevelopment to bring modern and spacious fitness facilities to the residents of Elephant and Castle. The Castle (as it is known) now features a large …

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LGBT+: Something to be proud about

Pride is a month-long celebration of diversity and in 2019 it marks 50 years celebrating the modern LGBT+ rights movement. Throughout the month-long celebration, London will have hosted Pride events and parades of all shapes and sizes. Next Saturday (July 6), the Pride in London celebrations culminate in the annual free parade through the capital. Pride is an annual celebration …

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Walk Elephant project to open up more green routes through Elephant and Castle

A project is taking place to improve walking routes across the Elephant and Castle area, so residents and visitors can get from A to B in the safest, greenest and most picturesque way. Southwark Council is a partner in the community initiative, alongside the Walworth Society and Living Streets. Local tenant organisations and council departments are also involved, while developers …

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Love Your Neighbour

Elephant and Castle has seen a lot of change over the past few years and with change often comes uncertainty. Local charity, South London Cares, has been challenging this, making sure no-one is left behind in the Southwark community by introducing some exciting schemes to the area. The charity’s project, Love Your Neighbour, is a friendship-matching scheme that pairs young …

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School of frock

Delve into the origins of fashion at the School of Historical Dress – the coolest school you’ve probably never heard of. At the heart of Elephant and Castle, across the road from Imperial War Museum London and just a 13-minute walk from Elephant Park, sits a beautifully designed Victorian building that is home to the extraordinary School of Historical Dress. …

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Find your spot in Elephant Park for National Picnic Week

In case you need an excuse for some al fresco dining, National Picnic Week is coming up – so what better time to grab your blanket and find a spot in Elephant Park? National Picnic Week begins on 21 June and runs until 30 June – that’s 10 days to celebrate outdoor eating and perfect your picnic game plan. This …

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A taste of Lebanon in Elephant & Castle

There’s something about chargrilled meat that screams ‘holidays’, and the waft of Middle Eastern herbs and spices certainly evoke the exotic. You don’t need to travel far to enjoy such delights, as Bayroot restaurant has brought a taste of Lebanon to Elephant and Castle. Once an internet café, megabytes have been replaced with mega bites (see what we did there?) …