Battersea

Local Area Guide

Battersea is home to the iconic Battersea Power Station and the open spaces of the historic Battersea Park. Close to the River Thames, it is undeniably one of London’s most popular neighbourhoods, with a high concentration of young families with a complimentary mix of trendy young professionals and, as such, has a friendly, community feel.

The ambitious redevelpment of Nine Elms, along with the New American embassy and extension to the Northern Line (due to arrive in 2020) will transform the area surrounding Battersea Power Station.

Battersea Power Station

Battersea power station was built in the early 1930s, to meet the energy demands of the new age. Its four chimneys stretching up above the Thames skyline have become an iconic sight of London. The man responsible for this grand design was Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, he designed other triumphs such as the Tate Modern and another icon of British history the red telephone box.

Since the power station was decommissioned from service in 1983 it has held countless events, from motor cross to festivals, and concerts. Now however there are far bigger plans in store for the landmark site. The new development of Battersea power station will provide 254 homes of varying size, along with everything a community needs. The aim of the Battersea Power Station Development Company is to create a vibrant town centre, where people come to live, work, socialise, enjoy the arts, explore the shops, experience the Power Station or simply stroll along the riverside walkway.

The Power Station is at the heart of the development, 254 homes that will be situated inside the power station with a further 3,250 homes in buildings surrounding the landmark itself. Spread around it will be office space for around 5000 people, approximately 200 shops and restaurants, a state-of-the art performance venue, cinema and a boutique hotel all set amongst 18 acres of public space including a new six-acre riverside park. The site spans 40 acres in total.
 



Battersea Park

Battersea Park is a large Victorian park, built between 1854 and 1870. The 200-acre park boasts a wide variety of things to see and do. A grand one-kilometer riverside promenade makes for wonderful short walks along our beloved Thames river, a lake and ecological areas provide an abundance of wildlife, not to mention Battersea parks children’s zoo where you can see, small mammals, birds and reptiles.

Battersea parks Millennium Arena houses 19 floodlit Tennis courts, 2 multi purpose all weather playing surfaces, a full fitness center, and of course changing and showering facilities. Once you have taken in the sights and well and truly tired yourself out with the plethora of activities in the park, the Lakeside café is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy some well-deserved refreshments.

The Peace Pagoda

Built in 1985 the peace Pagoda was a gift from the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order of Japan.

The temple is a peaceful haven for any and everybody to visit, whether to pray or to simply find some peace from the busy city life.

The temple, with just one Buddhist monk, attracts Buddhist followers not only from London and Japan but also people from China, Sri Lanka, India, Burma and Taiwan who are now living in the UK.


Transport Information

Battersea’s confusingly named station Clapham Junction (Britain’s busiest with 2,000 trains passing thorough daily) is where commuters can catch fast trains into Victoria and Waterloo.

Local Train stations

• Clapham Junction
National Rail & Overground

• Queenstown Road
National Rail

• Battersea Park
National Rail

• Wandsworth Road
Overground

Local Bus Routes

Local bus routes include the 37 (to Peckham), the 35 (to Shoreditch), the 49 (to White City), the 77 (to Waterloo), the 87 (to Aldwych) and the 319 (to Sloane Square). There are four night buses – the N19 (from Finsbury Park), the N31 (from Camden Town), the N35 (from Tottenham Court Road) and the N87 (from Aldwych)


Education Information

Battersea has a wealth of educational facilities spanning from Nursery schools right the way through to sixth form colleges, with both private and public schools.

Nursery Schools

Battersea Day Nursery
18 Latchmere Road
London
SW11 2DX

Blundells Day Nursery
Sheepcote Lane
London
SW11 5BW

Bridge Lane Nursery Ltd
Bridge Lane
London
SW11 3AD

Kids City @ Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
Sacred Heart Rc Junior & Middle School
London
SW11 2TD

The Little Red Hen Nursery School
Christ Church Battersea
London
SW11 2PN

Primary Schools

Chesterton Primary School
Dagnall Street, Battersea, London SW11 5DT

John Burns Primary School
Wycliffe Road, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5QR

Honeywell Junior School
Battersea, London SW11 6EF

High View Primary School
Battersea, London SW11 2AA

Christ Church CofE Primary School
Battersea, London SW11 2TH

Secondary Schools

Battersea Park School
London SW11 5AP

Bolingbroke Academy
London SW11 6BF

The Dominie School Limited
55 Warriner Gardens,
London,
SW11 4DX

Thames Christian School
Wye St, London SW11 2HB

Chelsea Academy
Lots Rd, London SW10 0AB