The Elephant & Castle statue that has stood for decades on a plinth outside the shopping centre was taken down earlier this month for restoration - but it will soon be back in the area.
The statue is a replica of the one that stood above the Elephant & Castle pub from 1898 to 1959.
The shopping centre closed its doors in September last year and preparatory works for demolition are now under way.
Once it's had a lick of paint, the statue will return to the Elephant and will adorn the temporary shopping complex in Castle Square on Elephant Road.
A final decision on its long-term location has not yet been reached.
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