I first visited this little cafe back in December 2011, and it’s great to see that business is thriving and that it’s lost none of its down-to-earth charm.
Despite being located in a rapidly gentrifying part of Elephant and Castle, the cafe still retains an unhurried, community vibe, where you don’t feel pressured to vacate your seat as soon as you’ve finished your coffee.
The side door of the cafe opens up into Iliffe Yard, a short cobbled road populated by arts workshops, fashion designers & makers, filmmakers, graphic artists, jewellers, glassworkers, painters, potters, photographers, printmakers and sculptors.
Basically, arty types.
The cafe interior is informal. Some may say ‘shabby chic’ but that suggests that it’s artificially been created for effect, and that’s not true: the place is simply how it is– and I like it!
On the menu can be found delicious homemade cakes, cooked breakfasts served all day, soup, croissants, sandwiches & toasted panini, and decent coffee. The prices are very affordable too.
Iliffe yard view. The cafe door is in the centre of the photo
It’s a lovely, friendly kind of place.
Bread and butter pudding. Oh yes!
Old cigarette advertising reveals the shop’s past.
The delightful owner.
The Electric Elephant
186a Crampton Street,, London, United Kingdom
Tel: 0207 277 4433
Mon-Fri 7.3am – 5pm
Sat: 9am – 3pm