Elephant Arcade

Elephant Arcade is a former indoor car park at the bottom of Perronet House, transformed into a lively retail arcade which rehouses several of the long-standing traders from the shopping centre.


The arcade is located at the heart of the Elephant and Castle, a short walk from Elephant and Castle tube and rail stations. Designed by Turner Works Architects in partnership with Southwark Council and Meanwhile Space, Elephant Arcade provides affordable spaces for both previous tenants from Elephant & Castle shopping centre and new incoming tenants keen to set up in the area.


Elephant Arcade is a friendly and inclusive collective of independent shops, hair salons and two cafes. The spaces are let on an affordable rent policy with prices being set between 50-80% of market value. Tenancies are on flexible terms and require no up front deposits. Combined with a people-focused approach, this affordable site offers local people a tangible opportunity to test and grow business ideas on a variety of scales.


Meanwhile Space

Meanwhile Space is the pioneering social enterprise at the forefront of "meanwhile uses". As the market leader since 2009, Meanwhile Space designs innovative Meanwhile® solutions to vacant commercial space, working across sectors to deliver Meanwhile projects and strategies, operate affordable workspace and deliver longer term Meanwhile developments.


Meanwhile Space's approach to community engagement and local regeneration projects involves nurturing a sense of place and distinctiveness through harnessing the resource of vacant commercial property.