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5 places to check out around Highline Building

By UALHalls 28 Mar 2023

I'm Ingrid and I've been living at the Highline Building for two years now. I have compiled a list of a few spots that I think everyone should definitely visit if you plan on moving here. 

Here are my top 5 places to visit and explore while living in Elephant & Castle. 

1. Enjoy delicious pizza and drinks 🍕🍹

Four Hundred Rabbits is one of my personal favourite places to visit with friends for lunch or dinner. Conveniently just a 5-minute walk from the Highline Building, the pizzeria is located on Ash Avenue at Elephant Park.

The restaurant offers £5 Margheritas for lunch Monday to Friday and has ‘Hoppy Hour’ from 5pm until 7pm every day, on beers, cocktails, and wine for just £5 each.

Another perk is by signing up to ‘The Hop Society’ loyalty club, you can earn 1 point for every pound you spend and get a free pizza when 75 points are reached, along with other great deals, such as Tenner Tuesdays.

2. Fancy a coffee? ☕️

Sidecar Coffee Bar is quite literally around the corner from the building.

Open Monday to Friday from 8am until 5pm, Sidecar is my go-to spot for a coffee on my way to class or if I just want to sit down for brunch with a friend and study.

With 10% off for students, my usual order consists of an oat milk latte and a slice of avocado toast. 🤤

3. Visit the SoLo Craft Fair shop 🛍

Located on the North side of Elephant Park, SoLo Craft Fair is an independent gift shop which hosts over 60 small businesses selling fashion, art, homeware, etc.

SoLo Craft Fair is perfect for art students who want to experience retail by selling their products, as the shop provides an opportunity for small entrepreneurs to apply and be part of their shop to grow and establish their businesses.

The shop is open Mondays 10am until 3pm, and Tuesday until Sunday 10am - 6pm.

4. Become a plant parent 🌼🍃

Spending all day in your room can get a little stuffy, not to mention the London air quality isn't the greatest.

The Nunhead Gardener is the perfect store to purchase specialty plants to brighten up your room. The shop is located on Sayer Street near Elephant Park, a 2-minute walk from Highline, open Monday to Sunday 10am to 7pm.

I have signed up to their Loyalty Card & Reward Programme, with 1 Point = 1p when redeemed against any of my future purchases.

5. Southwark Heritage Centre & Walworth Library 📚

For a change of location or when I don’t want to go to campus to study, I usually go to the Walworth Library, just a 2-minute walk across the road from Highline, located on Walworth Road.

The space is a combined library and a historic centre which is furnished with artworks and artefacts. You don’t need to be a member to spend time inside browsing or studying, however I recommend joining the library and getting the free membership card so that you can borrow books and use their computers. The library is open weekdays from 10am until 8pm, Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, and Sundays 12pm to 4pm.

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