Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre

Located at a major road junction, which became increasingly busy after the building of Westminster Bridge in 1751, the name Elephant and Castle is derived from a coaching inn that once stood at the site. In the early 20th century, the area became a thriving shopping and leisure area, called ‘the Piccadilly Circus of South London’ with a department store and two cinemas.

Heavily bombed in World War II, the site had to be substantially reconstructed, and this redevelopment included the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, designed by Boissevain & Osmond for the Willets Group, which opened in March 1965. It was the first covered shopping mall in Europe, with space for 120 shops on three levels and a two-storey underground car-park. In the sales brochure in 1963, Willet’s stated that “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." However budgetary limitations meant the project was scaled back and when it opened, only 29 of the 120 shops were trading.

Along with a substantial amount of post-war civic architecture in the area, the shopping centre is now slated for demolition, to make way for a £1.5billion redevelopment master-plan scheduled for completion by the early 2020s.


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