The Elephant now has room
THE cluster of shiny new skyscrapers at Elephant and Castle is evidence that this is an area rapidly becoming a smart district close to both the capital’s political and financial centres — the Palace of Westminster and the Bank of England are both barely a mile away.
More than 10 new towers are still to come, with Two Fifty One among the most attractive. It’s a sleek and unfussy 41-storey building with a slanting triangular top clad in terrazzo. The tower has 335 flats, many with dual-aspect glazed winter gardens offering great views, and on completion will include a wi-fi home-working lounge, or entertainment space, a private cinema, gym and other amenities.
Clubbers will know the Ministry of Sound across the road, which is likely to relocate as the surrounding plot is earmarked for a redevelopment set to incorporate a permanent home for the trendy gourmet food and drink pop-up foodie venue, Mercato Metropolitano. Next year the ugly pink Elephant and Castle shopping mall is due finally be bulldozed to make room for more high-rise flats and a new campus for University of the Arts, bringing a creative vibe to the area with exhibitions and gallery spaces. Two Fifty One apartments cost from £675,000, with stamp duty incentives available. Call 020 3468 9251 for more.