Elephant and Castle has a high violent crime rate and a high property crime rate for London.
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One of London's more interestingly named neighborhoods, Elephant and Castle is an interesting place. It's well connected to other parts of the city and has a nice community, but it isn’t a place that's particularly loved by Londoners. It's known for poor street planning that makes travel by road nearly impossible and rundown buildings that never received the needed attention.
With that said, there is ongoing investment into the area that's made it slightly more desirable, especially for people who are looking for something a little more modern. The roads are still complicated but they are better, and the older buildings have been torn down. All of these changes give Elephant and Castle a more contemporary look.
These improvements have led to other changes. Young professionals are moving in and have created a decent market of pubs, restaurants, and clothing stores. There’s also a lot of crunchy granola types living here and yoga studios, thrift shops, and organic food grocers have sprouted in their midst.
There are a lot of property choices here. Former council estates, converted warehouses, prewar buildings, and highrises offer affordable options. The newer buildings typically come with great amenities.
Elephant and Castle is bordered on the north by Newington and Southwark, on the east by Bermondsey, on the south by Camberwell, and on the west by Vauxhall and Lambeth.
The City: 1.7 miles / 10-25 minutes by car / 10 minutes by transit / 10-15 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 4.6 miles / 20-35 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Southwark: 1.4 miles / 5-15 minutes by car / 10-15 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by foot / 10 minutes by bike
Westminster: 1.8 miles / 10-25 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 10-15 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 3 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 20-25 minutes by bike
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