Living in Battersea
Heralded as one of London city’s most popular suburbs, Battersea is a bustling area well known for its friendly residents and community spirit. A favourite place for young families to set up home, the areas population is generally made up of families and young professional city types who take advantage of the close proximity to central London for work as well as the more favourable rent and council tax rates.
There is a great buzz to the atmosphere with a well established cafe and restaurant culture along with plenty of trendy independent shops. Northcote Road is well known for it’s local market where you can pick up everything you need from fresh locally produced food to charming antique furniture for your home.
With an eclectic mix of architecture, you will be spoilt for choice when looking for property to buy or rent in the area. There is an abundance of well preserved Victorian terraces to be found as well as some quite stately Edwardian homes and Queen Anne style houses if you are looking for something with a bit of history. For those wanting the convenience of modern living, there are newly converted period mansion blocks in historic areas, or modern apartments down by the river if you fancy riverside living.
Battersea residents are really spoilt for choice here too. There are all the charms of the city right on the doorstep of course, but many local people prefer to head to Northcote Road in Battersea for a good night out. Here you will find a nice choice of family run restaurants, bistros and bars to suit your appetite and your pocket. With everything from traditional English to modern Greek and Italian, there is little need to travel to the bright lights of the city for a taste of the world.
If you fancy more than just a meal and a drink, there are venues that provide regular comedy, quiz and live music nights. Many places run themed events, such as beer, wine and gin tasting as well as fun things such as chocolate making and cookery classes. Northcote Road also hosts an annual Summer Fête for residents to share and enjoy.
Culture and Art
There is an abundance of art and culture to explore in the area. Check out the Town Hall for a whole host of different offerings from theatre productions, art exhibitions, music events, comedy nights, arts and craft workshops and children’s events. Don’t forget that Battersea is home to the annual Affordable Arts Fair that is held in the park each year!
The Pump House Gallery situated in Battersea Park is a converted 1861 water pumping station that is home to regular contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year. The venue attracts art in all forms from performance to photography, so there will be something to suit every taste.
Music, poetry and book readings are strong on the agenda at the Clapham Grand. This ex music hall is home to an eclectic mix of live music, comedy performances and book slams where poets and authors come along to read extracts from their own books.