Hannah Simmonds Smith

From 2004-2009, while I was in secondary school, I went through Elephant and Castle shopping centre nearly every single day. On many different occasions me and my friends would lose hours there either chatting away gathered around a bench, competing against each other at the bowling alley or using up our lunch money for the week in one of the restaurants. When I was even younger, whenever my parents would take me on adventures beyond south London, we’d have to go through Elephant. I would always excitedly look out for the elephant statue and marvel at the colours of the shopping centre, as I remember it’s been blue, pink and red in the time I’ve known it. I will always remember the centre fondly, it was a huge part of my childhood.