March 2024 – Elephant & Castle

In March we visit Elephant and Castle, a very busy urban location and transport hub. This sketchcrawl was initially scheduled for March 2020 but… well you know the rest. We will keep our fingers crossed for this time!

The day is run by: Isabel Carmona and Lis Watkins

The area is a mix of the architecture of various times, including the old entrance to the Elephant and Castle station, the brutalist tower blocks, and Erno Goldfinger modernist Alexander Fleming House, now known as Metro Central Heights. Also, the Strata Tower with the non-operational windmills at the top and any of the street scenes of the surrounding area would be good subjects. The shopping centre which was there four years ago is now a huge construction site. For anyone wanting a little break from the urban views, there is a small green space at St Mary’s Churchyard.

Key times and meeting points for the day:

11 am: Meet by the Metropolitan Tabernacle (see photograph above) which is opposite the former shopping centre.

1 pm: Meet back at the Tabernacle to look at drawings done so far.

3.30 pm: Meet inside Mercato Metropolitano (see photograph below) to look at drawings and take group photographs.

Afterwards: We can stay at Mercato Metropolitano for coffee and chat after the sketchcrawl. 

The meeting point for the afternoon, Mercato Metropolitano has a wide selection of food outlets, with communal seating, where there are always plenty of people to watch and sketch. All in all, it promises to be a very varied day. The day is free of charge, no need to book, just turn up with your art kit.

Options for drawing include:

  • Construction work on the former Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre
  • The Faraday Memorial
  • The old entrance to the E&C Underground Station
  • The Metropolitan Tabernacle

Practical information: 

Elephant and Castle underground station is on the Northern and Bakerloo lines, and the area is also served by a national rail station and many bus routes.

Information about toilets can be found by following the link below

Elephant and Castle. Sketch by: Isabel Carmona