Our mission is to establish Spare Street as a destination which celebrates and encourages Creative Enterprise and Artistic production in Southwark. A key part of this was Hotel Elephant naming this new street – which quite literally puts it on the map!
– Reuben Powell, director, Hotel Elephant.
Spare Street is a new street in the Elephant and Castle comprising of 8,750 sq ft of workspace and a public space across five railways arches. Hotel Elephant will create workspace for 80 –100 Emerging Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs including recent graduates, local micro business and growing creative businesses. Spare Street has been named by Hotel Elephant after the artist Austin Osman Spare who lived, worked and exhibited in the area from the early 1900’s until his death in 1956. This forms part of a project from Southwark Council and Network Rail to bring unused railway arches back into use. Hotel Elephant has secured funding for the project from Mayor of London through the London Regeneration Fund and from Southwark Council’s Arts and Culture Grant fund. Spare Street sees Hotel Elephant establishing the first permanent Creative Enterprise Hub in the Elephant and Castle.