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Happy 150th birthday Southwark Park!

Southwark is one of the greenest boroughs in London with more than 130 parks, gardens and open spaces totalling 610 acres of public parkland. Newbie Elephant Park is the largest new park in central London for 70 years – a mere sapling in comparison with the great Southwark Park which celebrated its 150th anniversary in June. Southwark Park is an …

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Did you know about Charlie Chaplin?

His name is known around the world and his face is instantly recognisable – but did you know that Charlie Chaplin, master of the silent-film era, hailed from south London and spent much of his childhood in and around Elephant & Castle? Despite reportedly having no birth certificate, Chaplin is widely-believed to have been born in East Street, Walworth, on …

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The re-Emergence of Elephant and Castle

During the recent London College of Communication exhibition, Emergence, at the London Design Festival, LCC journalism graduate Aliaa El Sherbini reflected on the physical and creative changes she has witnessed in Elephant and Castle over the past two years. “I got off the tube to find a mass of people waiting for the two lifts to exit the station. Seeing …

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Did you know about the Michael Faraday memorial?

It’s the height of a double-decker bus, has been part of Elephant & Castle’s landscape since 1961, and is Grade II-listed – but did you know the giant metal cube that stands tall in Elephant Square is a memorial sculpture to the Victorian scientist Michael Faraday? Born in Newington Butts in 1791, Faraday is famed for his pioneering work on …

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Southwark Works: employment advice that delivers

It’s been 15 years since Southwark Works began as a pilot project in Southwark, offering employment opportunities and support to local residents. The service, commissioned by Southwark Council, has evolved greatly over the years, but the aim is the same – to offer a friendly, informative employment service to the people of Southwark. Programme manager Jayne Couchman has been a …

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Tales from Elephant and Castle: Stephen Bull

In our latest Tales from Elephant and Castle series, we interview Stephen Bull who leads up a local business which repairs and conserves history buildings, and based in Pullens Yard – Elephant and Castle’s creative hub.

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Embrace the Elephant – join us for our next chapter

Elephant Park is at an exciting phase in its journey, with plans underway for five very distinct zones across the development – featuring al fresco restaurants and bars, café culture, 11 acres of public green spaces and tree-lined walkways, plus health and fitness hubs and creative co-working spaces. Five zones, one thriving neighbourhood. Get involved and join the Elephant evolution! …

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Elephant Park to host Afro Jam

Elephant Park will provide the backdrop for an afternoon of African drumming, Caribbean food and breathtaking acrobatics when the vibrant Afro Jam takes place this September. Brought to the park by local company Uncle-Aug, we speak to director Augustine Nyemah about the Elephant & Castle-based organisation and his hopes for the event For more information about Uncle-Aug, visit www.uncle-aug.org To …

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Acting Up – a small theatre having a big social impact

Southwark Playhouse, less than a 10-minute walk away from Elephant Park, champions emerging talent, community spirit and the local playwrights of tomorrow. If you thought the only place to find great theatre in London is the West End, then think again. The off-West End scene is thriving: you can find theatres tucked away at the back of pubs, perched above …