Elephant Park, south London’s newest dining and shopping destination, announces latest and upcoming openings

  • 16 Feb 2020
Elephant Park, South London’s newest food, retail and residential hub in the heart of Elephant & Castle, has today presented the latest list of planned openings for 2020, including the much-anticipated MM Factory from Mercato Metropolitano.

With its ideal location in Zone 1 and excellent transport links to central London, Elephant Park is set to cement south London’s status as a destination for food and drink lovers in the capital. The development is already emerging as one of the most prominent foodie hubs south of the river, adding to the existing eclectic global food offerings found in areas such as Brixton, Peckham and Camberwell. Elephant Park keeps true to the core spirit of Elephant & Castle, housing an impressive line-up of local traders and businesses, serving a range of international cuisines and offerings that reflect the lively character of this diverse neighbourhood. 

A number of restaurants and retailers are already open in the park, such as vegan Ethiopian restaurant, Beza which has taken up residence after a successful pop-up in the nearby East Street Market. The much loved Koi Ramen Bar, whose steaming bowls of Japanese noodles have been lauded as ‘outstanding’ by esteemed food critic Giles Coren, celebrate their first standalone restaurant, joining market sites in Pop Brixton and Tooting Market. Opening their doors over the last two months are Tasty Jerk, a welcoming spot serving both traditional and innovative Caribbean dishes and Pot + Rice, a new Pan Asian eatery bringing a selection of rice pots, cheung fun, mochi and cheesecakes to south London.

Adding to these restaurants along the newly established Sayer Street is The Tap In, a south London sports bar and bottle shop. With an impressive collection of over 300 beers, from hyper-local to further afield, the quirky bar is a haven for any beer lover out there and serves them alongside punchy Cuban plates from Jama Havana, the Cuban sandwich maestros. The Hej Café & Roastery (pronounced Hey) serves great coffee, roasting small batches of beans in-house with the upmost love and care. Alongside this, they offer a seasonal smorgasbord of Swedish-inspired food and drink, making it the perfect destination for a quick working lunch or even a longer weekend brunch. For those looking for a little more in the way of rest and relaxation, Dima Beautiful offers an oasis of calm. Elephant Park’s first beauty salon is already a neighbourhood favourite, offering a wide range of services from express treatments to full pampering mornings or afternoons.

A whole host of restaurants are yet to open, and Elephant Park can now confirm the following will be opening their doors over the coming months. Two South London favourites are set to open in spring 2020 including the popular family-run Ecuadorian restaurant Miko’s, who will move to Elephant Park from the Elephant & Castle shopping centre, where they gained a loyal following for their traditional and affordable dishes. Joining them on Sayer Street will be Bayroot, who following on their first site in Camberwell will bring Lebanese flavours and street food favourites such as mezze, grilled meats and wraps to Elephant Park. Furthermore, sustainable Italian street food traders Sugo are set to open their first site at Elephant Park later this year, breaking down the traditional ‘pizza pasta’ Italian food stereotype and instead offering innovative and healthy dishes commonly found on the streets of Rome and Palermo. Bobo Social, the fun-loving restaurant serving seasonal sharing plates, cocktails and some of the best burgers in the capital will also open this month.

One of the most anticipated openings for Elephant Park is the MM Factory, the brainchild of Mercato Metropolitano, whose first buzzing permanent site is located just moments away on Newington Causeway. With their pop-up The Kiosk already up and running in the Park, visitors can sample premium Italian coffee, sandwiches, arancini and lasagnes every day of the week ahead of the MM Factory opening later this year. The factory will be the only operation of its kind, offering the community a unique and sustainable dining experience, as well as being a supportive social hub centred on a love of diverse food. In addition, MM Factory will produce flours from heritage grains, going back to traditional methods of production and reintroducing their nutritional and health benefits to the food chain.

Kristy Lansdown, Project Director of Elephant Park for Lendlease, comments: “We are bringing diverse and exciting new independent businesses to Elephant Park and building a unique retail community in this corner of south London. The team has worked hard to create a local independent offer that complements the wider neighbourhood including Walworth Road, including spaces for new businesses to establish themselves and grow. We look forward to announcing more new additions to our line-up, which will add to the offer here for residents, but also attract visitors from across London.’

Stay tuned and follow @elephantparklondon on Instagram to keep up with news and opening dates.

Notes to Editors
For further information on Elephant Park, please contact:
Harriet Sutton, Senior Communications Manager, Lendlease Europe
Phone: 07841476673
Phone: 07753581086