At The Piccadilly London West End, we understand that often visitors to our nation’s capital want to see more than just the standard tourist attractions and museums. For a while, Battersea flew under the radar as one of London’s hidden gems, visited only by those in the know, but in recent years, it’s fair to say the secret has been out. Today, you’ll hear Battersea and its assorted attractions and landmarks on many a visitor’s must do list. Located near to Chelsea in London’s southwest, Battersea has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike with a thriving arts and food scene.
Battersea is perhaps best known and most easily identified by Battersea Power Station. Completed in 1939, Battersea Power Station has become an iconic part of London’s industry and has even made it into popular culture after being featured in a number of films, television shows and Pink Floyd’s 1977 album cover for ‘Animals’. The power station has since been decommissioned and has been gracefully absorbed into London’s art deco landscape. It is currently being converted into exclusive luxury apartments, which mark this neighbourhood as one to watch.
Battersea is moments away from affluent Chelsea and nearby to Central London, but it remains a quieter area of the city.
One downside of Battersea is that there is no direct London Underground link, though in 2020 the Northern Line is set to extend this far. The closest tube stations include East Putney and the various stations in Clapham.
Things to Do
The fact that it’s a little removed from the more traditional tourist areas such as the West End doesn’t mean that Battersea doesn’t have a lot to offer. In fact, Battersea is home to a number of great restaurants, bars and pubs which make it popular with the younger demographic and a fun pick for a night out after if you’ve already visited some of the other destinations on your list.
As well as a number of parks and the aforementioned restaurants, shops and bars there are also a number of unique things to do in Battersea. Popular examples include:
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo: Something for the little ones is Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. Though not as impressive as London’s main zoo, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo has a whole host of furry friends to see including otters, monkeys, donkeys, reptiles and more.
Battersea Arts Centre: Battersea Arts Centre is a local theatre that often showcases innovative art and shows. It’s a Grade II listed building and is where a number of popular theatre shows are performed before making it big.
Battersea Dogs Home: Battersea Dogs Home put Battersea on the map for many people. Founded in 1860, the home has taken in millions of unwanted and lost pets before reuniting them or rehoming them with owners.
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