Good things about the Elephant and Castle shopping centre: It's cheap to shop in. You can get a good cup of coffee from the Colombian stall/hut on the upper gallery. The bingo hall was opened by Jeffrey Daniel of Shalamar (true). The market round it is scruffy-looking but ok, with a good range of little snack huts and stalls. In fine weather, people set up tables in the market in the evening and play dominoes. Obalende Suya Spot trailer had the best example of the signwriter's art in London, an enormous colourful sign with a bold-looking rooster brandishing a petrol pump under the words 'The Filling Station'. It had two fairly decent secondhand bookshops, although sadly they're gone. Crap things: too much traffic, subways smell of piss, Strata tower.