When stranded in the strange 1960s limbo of the double roundabouts at Elephant & Castle, the only place to seek suitable solace is the Rockingham Arms. It's so in keeping with the whole Elephant ambience, it should be on every visitor's list as an essential London experience.
It's a Wetherspoons pub, which keeps up the theme, and also this means that the prices are very, very competitive. I tried two ciders for the first time; a South African Savannah Dry and a Healey's Cornish Rattler; both were delicious, heady tipples, and neither broke the bank. A huge range of beers from Turkey, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, as well as all the usual brews, completes the line up. There's food too. The clientele range from elderly gents nodding off over a pint of mild, students, Milwall fans, groups of girls in hot pants, Polish builders; in fact everyone is welcome and everyone seems to be having a jolly good time.
119 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN
+44(0)20 7940 0890
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle, bus 12, 171
Google map: bit.ly/jmipKv
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