Battersea is a district located within the London Borough of Wandsworth, situated on the south side of the River Thames. The area has Anglo-Saxon roots and takes its name from the old village of Battersea, a historic island settlement on the river.
Battersea has a small-town atmosphere with several community groups – including The Battersea Society, which works to promote community issues and has a wide range of meetings and events. The area has one of the highest concentrations of young families in Europe, earning it the nickname “Nappy Valley”. Schooling in the area is excellent, with some schools achieving “Outstanding” Ofsted ratings.
Shopping in Battersea is centred around Northcote Road, where local shops and independent traders sit alongside well-known high street stores. Northcote Road Market is great for locally sourced goods, and there’s also the Antiques Market, which offers two floors of antiques and collectibles.
Battersea has a bustling cafe culture and plenty of regional delicatessens to try. Il Molino, on Battersea Park Road, is rumoured to sell the best (and most delicious) gluten-free treats in London. There are also some great restaurants in the area including Nancy Lam’s Enak Enak, where you can try Indonesian-inspired dishes like barbecue prawns and rendang. Gordon Ramsey's London House opened in Battersea Square to great reviews in 2014. Nightlife is varied and includes a good mix of traditional pubs and livelier bars. If you fancy an upmarket night out, try Lost Angel or Alchemist, both contemporary cocktail bars with dance floors and garden seating areas.
Property in Battersea
Rapidly becoming one of the most popular areas in South West London, Battersea is home to a vibrant mix of young families and professionals. Four out of ten residents are aged between 20 and 34. Property prices and rents are relatively high, fuelled mainly by the increased desire to live in the area.
Battersea is characterised by Victorian architecture, and property comprises terraces, grand town houses and conversion flats. The waterfront area has been transformed to include new developments of modern, riverside apartments. Standing in contrast to the area’s period buildings, some of the most sought-after apartments are located within the waterfront Montevetro building and Norman Foster’s Albion Riverside.
Green spaces in and around Battersea
Battersea has an abundance of riverside walks, woodland trails and plenty of cycle routes, and it’s also home to some great parkland. Battersea Park is spread over 200 acres and is situated on marshland reclaimed from the Thames. It conatins plentiful recreational opportunities including a children's zoo, boating lake and the Pump House Gallery. There are also peaceful walks and it is home to a wide variety of birds and plant species.
The River Thames at Battersea
There are plenty of activities and attractions to be enjoyed along this stretch of the River Thames. Some highlights include:
- The Pump House Gallery, a contemporary exhibition space
- The Battersea Arts Centre
- Battersea Barge, a floating restaurant moored at Battersea, which hosts musical, comedy and cabaret entertainment as you dine
Transport in Battersea
- Overland trains from Clapham Junction to Victoria (7 mins) and Waterloo (10 mins)
- Nearest tube stations are located at Vauxhall and Clapham South
- Regular bus services to Shoreditch, Peckham, and Sloane Square
- Night buses to Finsbury Park, Camden Town, and Tottenham Court Road
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