The Battersea Power Station, which was once a coal-fired power station, has been redeveloped into a residential and retail complex but still retains its iconic four-chimney layout, an iconic symbol of London’s industrial past. The power station now hosts a shopping mall, restaurants, cafes, a hotel and a cinema. You can even take a lift (Lift 109) to the top of one of the chimneys to a height of 109 metres. The area around the station has all been developed and is a nice place to spend time admiring the surroundings. As it’s on the riverside, it’s easy to get to by taking a Thames Clipper.
To the west of the station, you’ll find Battersea Park, which is a major attraction in the area. It’s a beautiful park with a children’s zoo, a boating lake, and various sporting activities. It’s also home to the Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa that inspires peace next to the Thames. Battersea has a long stretch of Thames River frontage, some of it inside Battersea Park, and it’s a great place for a riverside walk. You can also see the Battersea Bridge and Albert Bridge, both beautifully lit at night. It’s also easy to get to Chelsea by crossing one of the bridges, should you be so inclined.
Battersea has a growing number of restaurants, cafes, and shops. Northcote Road is known for its vibrant weekend market and various boutiques and eateries. Battersea Arts Centre offers an innovative theatre and arts venue housed in an old town hall. They often showcase new and unconventional performances.