Battersea was once so unpopular that it’s own train station was named Clapham junction, in the hope that it might aquire some of the attractiveness of it’s neighbour. And whilst Clapham junction station today remains at the heart of Battersea – the area now is far from overlooked. The tube is firmly in the pipe-line, property prices are on the rise – and the power station is now some serious hot property. Here’s everything you need to know about Battersea.
Few places bustle like Battersea. Diverse, vibrant, full of character and conveniently positioned – Battersea is an exciting place to be. As well as being home to one of the most beautiful and interesting parks in London, Battersea’s location at the edge of the Thames means that visitors and residents alike can enjoy spectacular views of London, as well as soaking up the city’s character. Alongside the modern buildings and estates, Battersea has kept hold of it’s period urban charm – resulting in a wonderful combination that has become characteristic of the area.
There’s a thriving café and restaurant culture in Battersea and plenty of shopping opportunities. You will find a fantastic selection of independent coffee shops, bars and restaurants – as well as the Northcote Road Antiques Market, where you can peruse an intriguing selection of vintage treasures. Add to this the high street stores that surround Clapham Junction and you’ll see that you have an abundance of shopping options.
Battersea is great for families too. There’s a really good choice of state and private schools (as well as it being an easy commute to central London). There’s no shortage of Victorian and Edwardian houses, which are fantastic for families – and there’s obviously the park – which is a day out in itself. Battersea residents also enjoy the lowest council Tax in the UK! So whether you’re having a mooch around Northcote Road or just taking in the greenery – it’s fair to say that life’s pretty good in Battersea.
What’s on there?
You obviously won’t want to go to Battersea without experiencing the Battersea Park. Commonly considered to be one of Londons most interesting parks – you’ll find an art gallery, a boating lake with pedalos, a mini golf, Go Ape, a bandstand, an adventure playground, an old English garden, the Peace Pagoda and a zoo.
If you’re an animal lover, or on the look out for a furry friend, then you’ll definitely want to stop by at the famous Battersea Dog’s and Cats home. This incredible organisation rescues over 7000 animals a year and prides itself on the fact that it never ever turns an animal away.
Whoever you are, you’ll definitely find something to love at Battersea Power Station. This iconic grade II* listed building sits at the heart of a nine billion pound re-development project and has had truly had the life breathed back in to it. You will find here a unique combination of restaurants, shops, leisure venues, cafes, parks and cultural spaces.
Battersea Arts Center. An award winning theatre in an amazing Victorian gothic (former) town hall. It’s known for its innovative arts – specialising in music and theatre productions. You can watch early versions of shows, get creative, visit the scratch bar and explore local heritage. It’s a much loved South London landmark – and well worth a vist.
Battersea is home to some amazing neighbourhood restaurants. Here are our favourites. Little Bird (for the Asian inspired cuisine and bespoke cocktails), Nutbourne (for the British seasonal produce, with a focus on wild, foraged and locally grown), Pho (for the healthy Vietnamese street food and slick décor), The breakfast club (for the quirky, all day breakfasts and 50’s style), Pi Pizza (for the tree in the dining room, the 72 hour fermented dough and toppings as colourful as the décor).
You will find a decent selection of welcoming watering holes here. Here are our top recommendations. Four thieves (for the retro arcade games, the on-site micro brewery, the immersive escape game and the 350 variations of G&T), The Lighthouse (for the south facing beer garden, the cask and craft ales and the boardgames and coal fire in the winter), Le QuecumBar and Brasserie (for the charming Parisian-style, the authentic French menu and the incredible wine list), and Doodle bar (for the scribbling, the ping-pong and the street food).
How much does it cost?
A 1 bedroomed flat in Battersea will cost you on average £535,059 to buy or £1,798 a month to rent. A 4 bedroomed property will cost you on average £1,370 to buy, or £3,590 a month to rent.
With a history so varied, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that you will experience a vast range of properties here. Mansion blocks, period conversions, Victorian terraces, Edwardian homes, converted schools and modern steel, glass buildings and riverside apartments. You’ll find them all here.
SW11 is the Battersea postcode.
There’s no tube station here (although there’s one in the pipe line), but the transport options are still excellent. You are only 3 miles from Charing Cross – and train stations Battersea Park, Queenstown Road and Clapham Junction are super-close. Chelsea and Fullam are well within walking distance and the the area is really well served by the bus network.
There are also 6 Santander Cycles docking stations aross the area.
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