Battersea Area Guide
Battersea, once home to the chemical works, candle and starch factories during the Victorian times have now been swept away and has become a popular neighbourhood with great community spirit. The area nicknamed ‘Nappy Valley’ was earned due to it attracting young families, as well as young professionals who look to take advantage of the superb transport links into the City. There are many local attractions which are right on the doorstep, from the shopping amenities which can be found around Northcote Road and its street Market, the open green spaces of Battersea Park and local restaurants and cafes. There are further developments in place, such as extending the Northern Line at Battersea and Nine Elms which is due to open in 2020.
One of the most famous parks across London with many attractions such as the boating lake, an art gallery, riverside walk, children’s zoo and Buddhist Peace Pagoda. The park also boasts the Festival of Britain main garden which has been recently restored and the Vista Fountains projecting 50 jets of water.
Eating and drinking
Northcote Road offers plenty of restaurants and bars and is where many of the locals spend their evenings. Locals like to meet with friends, enjoy drinks and modern British cuisine at the London House. If urban drinking and dining is more your thing, you must visit Lost & Co, the newest all-day hangout which offers award-winning cocktails, beers and wines. Boasting fresh ingredients, big flavours and an unusual spirit selection.
Battersea Square also offers and array of elegant dining experiences, The Bolingbroke is popular for its high quality British food and traditional pub values and is a refined local. If you’re looking for somewhere that has an ample amount of entertainment and serves an excellent selection of ales, ciders, wines and more then The Northcote is the place to be. This beloved pub and dining room offers an array of entertainment such as major sport events and quiz nights.
Rail: Clapham Junction is Battersea’s main railway station regardless of the name and provides rail connections into the City and south coast destinations. Clapham Junction is the UK’s busiest train station and sees 2000 trains pass through every day.
Tube: The area is not currently served by an underground station, however the Northern Line has plans for extension and will be opening at Battersea and Nine Elms by 2020.
Buses: There are a number of bus routes that provide access into the City with the following routes being easily accessible:
19 to Finsbury Park
39 to Putney
77 to Waterloo
87 to Aldwych
156 to Vauxhall
170 to Victoria
137 to Oxford Circus
319 to Sloane Square
A word from Patrick: Battersea is probably one of the most diverse areas that we have around us and without a doubt it is going through the largest amount of redevelopment. It truly is quite spectacular seeing the change around Battersea Power Station. After seeing it left dormant for almost all of my life, I was unfortunately one of those people that thought change would never happen. I am very grateful to see that I was wrong and that the changes far surpass what I could have imagined.