Nicholson's Pubs

Welcome to The Elephant and Castle, your local pub in London


At The Elephant and Castle, our skilled chefs won’t settle for anything less than the highest quality pub dishes with flavours so good that you can’t help but come back for more. So, we’re delighted to share our secret for autumn and winter: Pies.

Served under creamy mash or buttery pastry, our delicious, hearty pies are unbelievably tasty, like our award-winning Steak and Nicholson’s Pale Ale Pie. Of course, there’s so many more pies and dishes to eat – view our full menu and take a seat. 

Complement your traditional British pub dish with a perfectly poured cask ale, a glass of fine wine, or even something from our extensive range of whisky and gin. Whatever your favourite tipple, it’s waiting inside – why not come on in?

Find us


The Elephant and Castle, 40 Holland Street,
London, Greater London, W8 4LT

Tel: 020 7937 6382

A unique city centre pub with a rich history


Our pub is a favourite among journalists and historic front pages adorn some of our walls. The name Elephant and Castle may derive from a connection to Catherine of Aragon, whose title of 'Infanta de Castille y Aragon' could have been anglicised. Alternatively, it may be linked to the Cutlers' company of the City of London whose emblem is a war elephant with a howdah on its back.

Find us

The Elephant and Castle,40 Holland Street,
Greater London,W8 4LT

Tel: 020 7937 6382

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:30

Upcoming Holidays

  • Christmas Eve 12:00 - 19:00
  • Christmas Day 12:00 - 18:00
  • Boxing Day 11:00 - 23:00
  • New Years Eve 12:00 - 18:00
  • New Years Day 11:00 - 22:30



As a British brand with a heritage of 150+ years, we pride ourselves on our position as purveyors of perfect pints and unbeatable pies, with tempting dishes on our British pub classic menus.

Imagine taking your seat for starters we know you’ll like… Pulled Duck Croquettes and Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough, suited to every appetite.

And here’s something we can’t deny, we’re pretty famous for our hand-crafted specialty pies, including our brand-new Chicken and Truffled Oyster Mushroom Pie and our British Steak & Nicholson's Pale Ale Pie. Come out of the cold and try one for yourself, won’t you?

As well as our famous pies, we’ve got big twists on other classic pub food such as sausage and mash, mouth watering burgers and good old fish and chips. See our menu to discover them all.

Someone in your group got a sweet tooth? Here comes another British pub classic worth rushing to your nearest booth: our traditional new Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble. This is British pub food, done right.



Here at Kensington London, we pride ourselves on serving an exquisite selection of perfectly-poured, ever-changing Cask Ales – including our very own Nicholson's Pale Ale, brewed by St Austell Brewery in Cornwall. You’ll also discover the wonders of our Gin Palace, featuring glorious gins from juniper-heavy and robust to sweet and fruity and every flavour profile in-between – all waiting at your local Nicholson’s in London.