Probably best known for its famous landmark, Battersea Power Station, this area of London is quite understated when compared to other well-know places close by, such as Chelsea. Located on the south bank of the Thames, Battersea is just a stones throw away from Chelsea and Fulham. Often seen as a place to settle for those who are out-priced for houses in more expensive parts of London, the area is set to soar in popularity over the next few years with the introduction of a tube station, new luxury apartments and the increasing desire for beautiful Victorian properties.
With a decent park, good local schools, independent shops, plenty of bars and restaurants and desirable riverside living, Battersea is really on the up with a few A-list names now making the place home. Originally an island settlement in the Thames, the area still retains a small and friendly community feel.
It’s easy access to central London has to be one of the most appealing aspects of living in Battersea. Just three miles from Charing Cross and with plenty of buses travelling to all areas of London, it is ideal for commuters working in the city. Yet did you know that because it sits in the borough of Wandsworth, residents get to enjoy the cheapest Council Tax rates in England!
Don’t miss the Battersea Literature Festival which is held annually in the first two weeks of September. A true celebration of reading, books and authors. The festival is held at venues all over the area with many high-profile authors leading live talks, readings and workshops.
Ask any local resident what they like about living in Battersea and they will almost always mention Battersea park. This is quite a stunning park with water fountains, sculptures, art exhibitions, regular antique fairs, a Peace Pagoda and a children’s zoo to keep the little ones entertained.
Battersea Cats and Dogs Home
How can anyone forget about the famous Battersea animal shelter! Even if you don’t have the space to adopt a new furry friend, you can still go along for a visit and even volunteer there in your spare time. Address: 4 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4AA. Phone: 0843 509 4444
Be Surprised by Battersea
Some surprising facts you may not know about Battersea…….
Battersea Bridge, built by Joseph Balzagette in the 1880’s, is London’s narrowest bridge.
The first Football Match played under Football Association rules was played in Battersea Park on the 9th of January 1864.
Feature films: 101 Dalmatians and Wilde, starring Stephen Fry and Jude Law, were filmed in Battersea Park.
The late Coronation Street star, Johnny Briggs, was born in Battersea. As were stars of stage and screen, Timothy Spall, Roger Moore, comedian Jack Dee and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey.