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Published July 19th 2014
A party hotspot with a lot of local flavour
There's few places in London where one can escape from the cool kids, young professionals and bankers. But please, stand up and take a bow, Elephant and Castle, the only pub I know which manages to remain the local-est of locals!
Pop down on a Friday night and they'll be a bunch of 17 year old "Saaf London" girls heckling you as you get searched by the big, but polite bouncers. Once in, there's usually a crowd of middle aged men perched on the bar to your left, youngish groups sat around tables to your right, and a semi-empty dancefloor. Once you become a regular (which by golly you shall) you'll notice that those movers and shakers on the dancefloor are there every single week.
From the lads who look like an unlikely boyband, to the old skinhead with the neck tattoo, to the man bodypopping and shaking what his mama gave him, there's plenty to admire on the dancefloor, even if you're not brave enough to dip your toe in yourself.
Drinks are reasonable - around 4 quid. The bar staff range from helpful and charming to on-the-edge. Last time I was there, one barman seemed in a bad way and I think we made things worse! I think the venue's run by a lovely Thai lady, who you might have the pleasure to meet. She's a beaut and totally in control. I've never eaten there, but I think they have a BBQ out back, in quite a nice garden/smoking area, and they do a range of Thai food during the day too.
If anything, the Elephant and Castle's a refreshing spot to pop into if you're in the area on a Friday night. The free entry attracts the most interesting of characters, from the unsavoury to the salt of the earth. If you're up for something different, the Elephant and Castle is will give you most of the area's flotsam and jetsam and a little bit more.