While the heavy industry may have disappeared long ago what remains is a striking industrial landscape crowned by the jewel of Battersea Power Station, one of London’s most celebrated landmarks. Battersea has historically been the commercial heart of South London, but is now the centre of history in the making; today this corner is the focus of 21st-century London as it is transformed into a contemporary heartland featuring museums, homes and commercial spaces for the next century.
Lying right next to the river, the wider area is filled with luxurious greenery and parklands, perfect for a relaxing city bike ride: Battersea Park has an extensive series of fountains and gardens, developed during the 1951 Festival of Britain. There is also the eye-opening Peace Pagoda, built by the monks and nuns of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order that today draws visitors from all over the world, whatever their faith.
Waterloo and the city can be reached quickly by train, while the iconic Albert and Chelsea bridges allow convenient access on foot or bike to Chelsea and Sloane Square on the North side of the River Thames. Pimlico, with its pretty terraces and national attractions, such as Tate Britain, is also nearby, making Battersea a centre of London’s West End life.
- Battersea Park (including gardens and the Peace Pagoda)
- Battersea Power Station
- Battersea Cats & Dogs Home
- Ranelagh Gardens, Chelsea
Things to do
- National rail, London Overground;
- Battersea Park, Wandsworth Road, Queenstown Road, Clapham Junction.