Have you been to Elephant and Castle recently? Chances are if you have been there before, but not for a while, you won't believe the changes in the area, as posh new buildings replace the old faded ones as the area rejuvenates once more.
Luckily, as landmarks, and the familiar, change and update, one particular location seems to be holding its ground - The Charlie Chaplin.
Obviously, the Charlie Chaplin is named after the famous actor of the same name. Now for the connection between the actor and the area. Charlie Chaplin was born on East Street in Elephant and Castle, making him a local to the area. As a child star he would sing and dance around there, and as soon as he was old enough, would perform in an old Victorian theatre (now the Coronet), before taking to the pub next door to drink and sing. That pub was on the site of the Charlie Chaplin as it is now.
These kind of historical facts are important to the area, and the Charlie Chaplin is important to Elephant and Castle, just as the great man is himself. It may not be as decorated or dainty as other London pubs, some may even be put off by the rawness of the place and the characters who inhabit it, this is a real working inner city London pub after all, but what it lacks in looks it makes up for in sheer weight of history - not many other pubs can claim rights to a story as strong in modern history as this one.
So if you are looking for the original home of a music hall genius, or want to know the roots of the first Hollywood superstar, the Chaplin is just that - so step inside, sip on a pint and imagine the great man himself entertaining the locals from inside the walls of the building, just as he would have done all those years ago...