Next Saturday afternoon I’ll be Walking the Elephant. It’s a public walk so anyone can join me for a couple of hours in one of London’s most derided neighbourhoods.
If all you know of the Elephant and Castle is a dodgy explanation of how it got its name, or the view of the roundabouts from the top deck of the 53 bus, this walk will surprise you. I promise.
This is a particularly grim view of a well known Victorian building at the Elephant, but there are Georgian delights on offer too, and I am still hopeful someone will be able to tell me why there are sculptures of the Owl and the Pussycat just rounfd the corner from the London icon that is the Ministry of Sound.
There are links to Dennis Nordern, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, even James Bond. And that’s before we’ve started on Frank Auerbach or Buddy Holly.
So join me outside the Bakerloo Line exit of the Elephant and Castle tube station on London Road for a 2.30 start. It costs just £9, or £7 for over 65s and full times students.