Elephant & Castle walking tour - Saturday 29 January 2022 10.30am

Elephant & Castle walking tour - Saturday 29 January 2022 10.30am

Regular price £14.50
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Join Open City for a socially-distanced walking tour exploring the fascinating architectural history of Elephant and Castle.

This fun and engaging walking tour — led by Elephant and Castle resident and Golden Key Academy graduate Joesph Granata — explores the past, present and future of this extraordinary central London hub which was once known as the ‘Piccadilly Circus of South London’ but has at times since been controversially used as a symbol of urban decay and failed planning.

This walking tour will explore how, despite Elephant and Castle’s central location and unparalleled cultural and architectural riches, the area became unfairly ignored and unloved in the late twentieth century. During this time, the area had a reputation for being an ugly, congested pocket of south London, built around not just one but two busy roundabouts and with a network of dank, pedestrian subways, at the heart of which lay a famously outdated, but nevertheless enigmatic, shopping centre.

This tour will show you that this district — known affectionately as the ‘Elephant’ — is in fact a fascinating, vibrant neighbourhood with a rich history and a promising future, boasting conservation areas, numerous listed buildings, pioneering post-war architecture and striking contemporary developments, all of which surround an ambitious large-scale regeneration scheme which aims to bring the Elephant and its revitalized circus back to town.

Highlights of the tour include Metro Central Heights, the office development designed by the internationally renowned architect Ernő Goldfinger and converted to residential use in 2002, and a new 1-hectare community park designed by Gillespies at the heart of the visionary Elephant Park development.

Providing a safe and fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city, this tour will explore the architecture and history of this rapidly changing south London area.

Concession pricing is available for those that are a student or unemployed. 

While on the tour please follow the latest government guidelines to minimise risk to yourself and other attendees as well as adhering to the precautions Open City have in place to hep keep everyone safe. 

Due to the continually changing situation tours may have to be rescheduled at late notice. In the event your tour date is cancelled you will be provided with the opportunity to book onto a rescheduled date, book onto another tour or held in credit (with no expiry date).

This is an in-person tour and the guide is with you for the duration. Zoom is used in order to help with social distancing and allow better spacing between participants.

Attendees must download Zoom to their smartphone before the tour. Bring your fully charged smartphone (with an internet connection) and headphones with you. Zoom joining info will be sent out to bookers 24 hours before the tour.

Get in touch with Adrianna at tours@open-city.org.uk with any queries.