Elephant & Castle Walking Tour - Saturday 20 August 2022 10.30am

Elephant & Castle Walking Tour - Saturday 20 August 2022 10.30am

Regular price £14.50
Tax included.


Join Open City for a 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just one but two busy roundabouts and with a network of dank, pedestrian subways, at the heart of which lay a famously outdated, but nevertheless enigmatic, shopping centre.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 fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city, this tour will explore the architecture and history of this rapidly changing south London area.

After studying architecture at the University of Manchester and working within the School of Continuity in Architecture Joseph Granata went on to train as an actor and has now finally found a way to combine his love of London and performing as a tour guide, sharing his admiration and zest for the city through engaging story-telling.

Granata is a graduate of the 2021 Golden Key Academy — a masterclass for urban and architectural tour guiding run by Open City. He joined the Open City tours team in November 2021.


Tickets are non-refundable and tours go ahead rain or shine.

Please check for any planned transport strike action before making your ticket purchase. 

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

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

In the event your tour date is cancelled due to Covid 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).