Venues

Creative Elephant is a celebration of galleries, dance studios, theatres, museums, creative education institutions, clubs and much more - all of which in the Elephant & Castle area. Where will you go next?

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9M Studios 1
  • Available To Hire
  • Live Music
  • Music Venue
Partially Open

9M Studios was once home to British artists passionate about pop culture and music. 9M is now a family owned, state of the art residential recording studio. The studio opened in January 2021 and is located on the ground floor of a residential property between Elephant & Castle and Kennington. 9M was designed by a team of professional studio architects.  It boasts natural light and a personal, cosy touch and is the perfect place to get creative with fellow musicians!

Our impressive multi purpose live room can be used for tracking, producing, songwriting, rehearsals and filmed live sessions.  We promote and encourage rising musicians!

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Art Academy London (Borough)2
  • Art College
  • Artist studios
  • Available To Hire
Open
A young and innovative art school, offering courses that are designed and delivered by expert, practising artists. The aim is to combine an old-school atelier with the vibrancy and diversity of a contemporary art school. Art Academy subsidies' on-site studios, host regular exhibitions and run outreach programmes for people of all ages and backgrounds, creating a diverse and stimulating backdrop for study and self-expression. Local residents are entitled to a 20% discount on public courses from Wednesday to Sunday using the code elephant20.Find out more
Art Academy London3
  • Art College
  • Exhibition Space
Open
A young and innovative art school, offering courses that are designed and delivered by expert, practising artists. The aim is to combine an old-school atelier with the vibrancy and diversity of a contemporary art school. Art Academy subsidies' on-site studios, host regular exhibitions and run outreach programmes for people of all ages and backgrounds, creating a diverse and stimulating backdrop for study and self-expression. Local residents are entitled to a 20% discount on public courses from Wednesday to Sunday using the code elephant20.Find out more
ASC Gallery & Studios4
  • Exhibition Space
  • Artist studios
  • Gallery
Open
Located in a Brutalist tower block on the Aylesbury estate, which also houses artists’ studios, the Gallery hosts an annual programme of exhibitions and associated events, with the aim of engaging new audiences and promoting contemporary art to a wider public. Curators work closely with artists on work created for the space and seek out new talent with a commitment to show un-established artists.Find out more
Blue Elephant Theatre5
  • Theatre
  • Performance
Partially Open
A quirky Camberwell-based fringe theatre with a bustling programme, a little theatre that thinks big. Tucked away on a housing estate, this tiny 50-seater space provides a much-needed home for South London theatre, dance and performance. Placing equal importance on its professional and participatory programmes, Blue Elephant hosts dance, physical theatre, storytelling, new writing and family shows, delivers projects in local schools and runs youth theatres for ages 7 – 18.Find out more
BOLD Elephant6
  • Acting
  • Available To Hire
  • Co-Working Space
Partially Open

We’ve transformed a 1950's office block into BOLD Elephant: a space to create; a daring, playful and exuberant experiment for site-specific & immersive theatre making. As well as making theatre work for local audiences, our vision is for theatre makers and audiences to come together, create and thrive in an inspiring, welcoming space.

BOLD is one of the first buildings to specifically support creative freelancers with cheap/free space for writing, filming, rehearsals or community space. We operate a 'Creative Currency' so people can 'barter' their skills for space at BOLD. We all grow together. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Cinema Museum7
  • Museum
  • Cinema Venue
  • Events
Closed
Opened in 1998 the museum hosts a cinema and film history collection unrivalled in the UK. Hallways are decked with classic movie props, original posters and artwork, portraits of stars, projectors and memorabilia dating back to the dawn of cinema. Two rooms hosting screenings and events are furnished with reclaimed red velvet seats and short screenings form part of our tours. Archives containing over a million stills, thousands of rare publications and films are a magnet for researchers and students. We remain at risk of closure due to redevelopment, see our website ‘home’ page for details.Find out more
Corsica Studios8
  • Music Venue
  • Street Food
  • Events
Open
This iconic music and arts venue is situated in two railway arches at Elephant and Castle. With a stripped-back interior and a reputation for being a hidden underground gem, it’s an essential destination within London’s vital club scene. The focus and priority are always on the quality of the music programming and Corsica were awarded the DJ Mag – “Best of British 2019” Small Club of the year.Find out more
Draper Hall9
  • Available To Hire
  • Music Venue
  • Theatre
Open
Managed by Draper Together, an Association CIO, this beautiful, flexible space has a varied calendar throughout the year, hosting social and cultural activities including five-star theatre, live music of all genres from Jazz to Classical, art exhibitions, the DFMA (Draper Film and Music Academy) for young local residents, workshops and talks.Find out more
Drawing Room 10
  • Creative Workspace
  • Exhibition Space
Open
Drawing Room is the place for people of all ages and backgrounds to discover contemporary drawing. It comprises free exhibitions by international and emerging artists, library and learning space and a shop stocking books, drawing materials and artists’ editions. The engagement programme makes contemporary drawing relevant and accessible to local communities. These strands, together with talks, artist-led projects, commissions and other events, nurture talent through supporting the production of new work and share the diversity of drawing with an ever-widening audience.Find out more
Forma 11
  • Arts Commissioner
  • Artist studios
  • Events
Open
Forma Arts and Media is a London-based visual arts commissioning and production agency that works with emerging and mid-career British and international artists. It looks to support projects that span multiple disciplines, challenge existing practices and pushes for new levels of ambition. With a distinct emphasis on collaboration, creative inquiry and production values, Forma works closely with artists and partners to develop interdisciplinary, site-specific and large-scale projects for audiences worldwide, from community workshops to institutional exhibitions and film. In late 2020, Forma will officially launch its new cultural hub in Southwark.Find out more
Hotel Elephant Studios SE112
  • Artist studios
  • Available To Hire
  • Creative Workspace
Open

Hotel Elephant runs studio space for artists & makers at two neighboring buildings in SE1. All studios are available to rent on a rolling monthly basis. Current members work across a range of mediums including painting, fashion design, costume design, photography and ceramics.

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Hotel Elephant13
  • Co-Working Space
  • Creative Workspace
  • Artist studios
Open
Elephant & Castle’s first co-working Space for Creative Entrepreneurs launched in 2017 in five newly refurbished railway arches, three minutes from the station. Spare Street provides a new model for creative working with emerging artists, recent graduates, start-up and growing creative businesses working alongside one another. They host regular exhibitions, members socials, live music, talks and networking events.Find out more
IWM (Imperial War Museum)14
  • Museum
  • Exhibition Space
  • Cafe
Open
IWM London is one of the five Museums that make up IWM, a global authority on conflict and its impact on people’s lives. IWM London has been based in a South London park since 1936 and uncovers the causes, course and consequences of war through permanent exhibition galleries, special seasons and events. The new Second World War and Holocaust Galleries will open on 20th October 2021, just part of the ongoing transformation of the museum.Find out more
London College of Communication 15
  • Art College
  • Multi Purpose Venue
  • Exhibition Space
Closed

From creative workshops and panel discussions, to exhibitions and screenings of staff and student work, London College of Communication offers a lively programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year. Playing host to interactive installations using immersive technology, print-based and moving image and more, our gallery spaces are situated at the core of LCC. 

Reflecting the breadth of the design, media and screen industries and working in collaboration with our diverse community and visiting artists and designers, our public programme is free and open to all.

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Louie Louie16
  • Cafe
  • Bar
  • Events
Open

Louie Louie is a cafe, bar & restaurant halfway down Walworth Road.

Coffee, sandwiches, salads & cake by day (...with 10% off for NHS & NUS), Nepalese food in the evenings from current chef in residence Rajiv's Kitchen, natural wines, local beers & cocktails by night + weekend brunch.

Louie Louie also hosts live music + vinyl listen back sessions/Q&As (back soon). Thanks to the Arts Council Louie Louie also promotes larger concerts in the community, with the next series starting in October at St Peter's Church just around the corner

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Mercato Metropolitano 17
  • Street Food
  • Brewery
  • Bar
Open
Housed in a vast former paper factory this covered market is home to an exciting array of international food and artisanal produce stalls, bars and cafes, with a focus on community support and sustainable living. MM is also home to the “Theatrery” which aims to incubate and support aspiring artists who couldn't have a chance to showcase their talents, discovering new ones and embracing the work of the established ones. Besides, MM hosts a vast array of events and workshops from cooking to start-up support.Find out more
Siobhan Davies Studios 18
  • Multi Purpose Venue
  • Events
  • Dance school
Partially Open
A place to connect with others and engage with a stimulating programme of exhibitions, talks, events and classes, the Studios are a vibrant arts space hosting a programme of exhibitions, performances, participation projects and new commissions from leading contemporary artists. Founded in 1988 by pioneering choreographer Siobhan Davies, the organisation connects artists and audiences through investigative, collaborative and interdisciplinary artistic activities at their studios and beyond.Find out more
Southwark Playhouse19
  • Theatre
  • Bar
  • Online Performances
Open
The theatre programme aims to facilitate and showcase the work of some of the UK’s best up and coming talent with a focus on reinterpreting classic plays and contemporary plays of note. It’s all about telling stories and inspiring the next generation of storytellers and theatre-makers. For over twenty years, the theatre has facilitated the work of new and emerging theatre practitioners from early in their creative lives to the start of their professional careers, many of whom are now enjoying flourishing careers.Find out more
Superarts Academy 20
  • Acting
  • Dance school
  • Agency
Open
Superarts Academy of Performing Arts provides students from all backgrounds with a life enhancing, practical, & educative experience of dance & performance to support their creative potential and well-being. Superarts offers young people aged 3 – 18 years old a range of classes from Ballet to Tap, Street to Acrobatics/Gymnastics, and Jazz to Musical Theatre. Besides obtaining a high standard of tuition, students have had the opportunity to appear in numerous theatre productions, including West End shows, plus many local events.Find out more
The Living Room 21
  • Maker Spaces
  • Creative Workspace
  • Gallery
Open

The Living Room at Sayer Street showcases a selection of novel independent creatives in purpose built maker spaces along a new retail hub at Elephant Park.

Along with a 400 sqm pleasure garden - verdant planting, colourful canopies and lights, outdoor workspaces, creative maker spaces, recreational green nooks and an urban wildflower meadow. All inviting visitors to a memorable high street experience, encompassing all that represents the social life of some of London’s best-loved public spaces.

Each of the three maker-spaces will be home to some of South London's brilliant creatives and small business start-ups bringing you community radio (Run Dem Radio), urban garden shopping (The Nunhead Gardener) and photography studio and gallery (Flat 70).

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Yard Cafe 22
  • Cafe
  • Exhibition Space
Open
A brand new collaboration between Louie Louie and the Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Yard Cafe nestles effortlessly in the garden and dining room of a stunning gothic style Victorian courthouse. Open Tuesday to Sunday serving vegetarian and vegan salads, sandwiches, pastries & cakes + coffee by Redemption Roasters, Yard Cafe hosts regular exhibitions by local artists.Find out more