Welcome to Battersea
Young professionals may be initially drawn to Battersea by its genteel way of life and flourishing café culture, but the area’s desirable Victorian and Edwardian properties provide a solid reason to stay. The rising popularity of Battersea in recent years has elevated every aspect of the area. From the local markets to green spaces, every space has benefitted from investment of time, money, and community energy.
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Battersea Power Station
This iconic London landmark is now home to an exciting mix of restaurants, bars, leisure facilities and event spaces.
Settled as early as the Iron Age, Battersea’s Celtic history is evidenced by momentous artefacts, some of which are on display at the British Museum.
Cara Delevingne, Florence Welch and Prince George all attended the prestigious Thomas’s Battersea prep school.
Attractions are never in short supply in Battersea. A strong stable of steadfast restaurants is peppered with a brace of culinary start-ups looking to become firm favourites. It’s easy to spend a whole day strolling beautiful Battersea Park and its gardens, looking out across the lake and perusing the café menus in search of a new breakfast spot.
An increasingly popular residential area, Battersea’s biggest attraction is undoubtedly the excellent schooling available. Showing no signs of losing the Nappy Valley moniker, families buy up sought-after homes close to prestigious primary schools. Thomas’s Battersea is the prominent independent school of choice, not least due to its very regal recent pupils. Ofsted ‘Outstanding’-rated schools include Harris Academy secondary school on Battersea Park Road and Ashburnham Community School across the River Thames. Clapham Junction remains Battersea’s central and busiest station, though, with Heathrow airport just a 50-minute drive away, international travel is also easy and convenient. Annual art fairs, regular cabaret, comedy and live music gigs, along with a burgeoning cultural scene, round off the area nicely.
The best of Battersea: things to do
While big-name eateries jostle for your attention on the Northcote Road, smaller cafés are making a name for themselves elsewhere. There’s a comfort to dining in spots that have chalked up the decades in the borough, too.
From the outside, Sugarcane might not look like your typical restaurant with its hand-painted signage, but that’s part of its charm. This is a firm example of not judging a book by its cover. A vibrant, friendly atmosphere and menu of authentic Caribbean food awaits, whilst the BYOB option is a sure way to liven up your virgin rum punch slushy.
Osteria Antica Bologna
This charming Italian restaurant and deli has been a firm favourite with Battersea residents for two decades. Always managing to attract diners despite prestigious competition from its Northcote Road neighbours, the secret seems to be in the seasonal menu - ever-changing, indulgent and full of authentic Italian delicacies.
Sweetsmile Bakery & Patisserie
The much-missed Lighthouse Bakery may have closed its doors, but there’s a worthy newcomer ready to take the crown of Battersea’s favourite bakery. Sweetsmile Bakery is a gorgeous little café on Lavender Hill. A delicious menu of brunch options, pancakes, sandwiches and burgers sit temptingly alongside freshly baked breads and exquisitely iced cakes.
Battersea’s bars and pubs like to do things a little differently. Here, you can sip cocktails on a historic barge or sing karaoke in a superbly outrageous spot. For quiet Sundays, there’s still a cosy local place for a pint.
Serving as ‘the local’ for many Battersea residents, The Northcote welcomes everyone that drops by. Comfy leather sofas are the perfect place for a post work drink - or Friday night muse over the cocktail menu. A solid menu of pub grub nicely balances with the Northcote’s quiz nights and sports coverage.
Just off Nine Elms Lane, there’s a permanently moored barge on the River Thames. The historic and now fully restored vessel hosts private parties, intimate gigs, cabaret and comedy nights. A unique spot for a drink, there’s a small bistro here too.
For a night that offers something a little livelier than a pint at the local, Bunga Bunga brings the party atmosphere to Battersea Bridge Road. Flamboyant cocktails and an impressive wine list pair nicely with the live entertainment, cabaret and karaoke. Fun, raucous and always entertaining.
The arts are flourishing in Battersea. Home to some very different, but welcoming creative spaces, you can catch a re-energised classic, get involved in local creative endeavours, or relax in front of a big-screen blockbuster.
Battersea Arts Centre
This creative hub also happens to sit within one of Battersea’s Grade II-listed buildings. Iconic and historic, it makes for a wonderful space to catch a play, concert or screening. The centre welcomes ideas from its residents and offers the chance to get involved in productions.
The Turbine Theatre
Just next to the new Battersea Power Station development and under the Grosvenor Bridge railway arches, you’ll find the Turbine Theatre. Bringing art and culture to the Circus West Village, by day the theatre’s a public space for the community. At night, an engaging bill effortlessly blends groundbreaking theatre with re-imagined classics.
Another highlight in the Circus West development, Archlight Cinema’s bespoke complex lets you see the latest movies (and more than just a few classics) in style. State-of-the-art sound and screen technology pairs well with reclining seats and plenty of space for cocktails and popcorn.
Weekends in Battersea are anything but dull. Art galleries in green spaces, riverside walks, eclectic market stalls, vintage finds and a very floral, charming garden centre are just a few of your options.
The 200 acres of green space at Battersea Park is much more than just a spot for residents to stretch their legs. See contemporary art at the Pump House Gallery, take a pedalo out onto the boating lake or play a round on the miniature golf course. Visiting the animals at the Children’s Zoo is always a pleasure, too.
Northcote Road Markets
These two markets are some of the best available across the London boroughs. The produce market has evolved from a simple spot to trade fruit and veg into a bustling network of stalls filled with antipasti, artisan loaves, flowers, and cheeses. Indoors, the antique market will fill your weekend mornings with vintage and retro finds.
Battersea Flower Station
A browse of this charming garden centre and nursery will give you all the inspiration you need to transform your home or outdoor space. Houseplants, pots, garden paraphernalia and window boxes allow you to plant something in even the smallest spaces. If you’re not green-fingered, a bouquet from the florist is equally pleasing.
Property in Battersea
There’s an eclectic mix of property in Battersea- from streets of gorgeous Victorian homes Between the Commons to prestigious mansion blocks surrounding the park and high-rise waterside developments. Its residents - mostly families wanting to take advantage of the excellent schooling or young professionals drawn in by its proximity to lively Clapham - enjoy prices that have not yet quite caught up with its central location, though that may change with the upcoming arrival of Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station on the Northern line.
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For families lucky enough to buy in Battersea, it’s all about the catchment areas. A larger property with good proximity to local schools is guaranteed to be popular, particularly if it’s in the sought-after location of Between the Commons. Equally popular are the mansion blocks surrounding the park, which attract residents from all stages of life looking to enjoy the green space and the nearby river, as well as the ability to stroll over the bridge into Chelsea.
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Marsh & Parsons in the Battersea community
We don’t just sell and let property in London; we’re Londoners too. Engaging with our local communities is at the heart of Marsh & Parsons’ ethos and we have supported local organisations, schools, charities, businesses and community groups over the years.
Supporting local businesses
We immersed ourselves in the tranquil surroundings of the Bellissima Clinic to find out what makes Balham a great place to live. We also met with the owners of Instant Physio in Tooting, who shared the history of their business and why they love the community they’re a part of.Find out more