Elephants and Castles

Newspaper clipping from 1965 - Heralding the 'Giant' new Elephant and Castle

Scheduled for demolition in 2012, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre in South East London was once the “largest and most ambitious shopping venture ever to be embarked upon in London. In design planning and vision it represents an entirely new approach to retailing, setting standards for the sixties that will revolutionise shopping concepts throughout Britain.”

Opened in 1965 and designed by architects Boissenvain & Osmond, Elephant and Castle was the first ever covered shopping mall in Europe, sadly now the venture is winding down and only a few defient Telegiros, Polish restaurants and nail bars remain.

Sign found in Elephant and Castle Level 1 Oliver Herbert

Sign found in Elephant and Castle Level 1

Elephant and Castle has always struggled to live up to it’s promise of becoming ‘the Picadilly of the south’  it was even painted pink in 1999 to drive profits and push sales, but this sadly didn’t change it’s fortunes.

I must say, however hated it is by many of the new young professionals moving into the nearby ‘contemporary’ apartments, I still love it.

The London Palace - Elephant and Castle Oliver Herbert

The London Palace

Escalator leading to The Superbowl - Oliver Herbert

Elephant and Castle Oliver Herbert

Elephant and Castle

Elephant and Castle newspaper cutting from 1965, from The Illustrated London News

Elephant and Castle newspaper cutting from 1965, from The Illustrated London News

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