Powering up to be London’s newest hotspot

If you want a home that’s close to the river, adjacent to one of London’s most famous parks and just minutes away from Chelsea’s exclusive shops, pubs and restaurants, then look no further than Battersea.

The development of the iconic Battersea Power Station - supported by a new extension to the Northern Line - means this popular area is also on its way to becoming one of London’s most exclusive destinations.  The power station project includes “incubator” space for entrepreneurs as well as a 10,000 square foot public open space with fitness facilities, a children’s playground and a hard surface area for pop-up events.  Plans are also in place to build a public square, with a nursery and shops, close to the power station on the former Battersea gasholder site.

While these new developments are welcome, there’s already much to celebrate in Battersea’s architectural diversity.  Old and the new stand happily side-by-side here, from solidly constructed Victorian workers’ cottages to high-rise modern apartment blocks with fabulous views of the river.  A focal point is leafy Battersea square, with its Georgian and Victorian townhouses, small shops and open-air cafes.

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Shopping and leisure

A good number of independent shops, restaurants, high-end chain store outlets and convenience stores are dotted around the area (especially along Battersea Park Road) and residents can head across the river to the King’s Road and Sloane Square for more exclusive shopping and dining.

With a wide range of sporting facilities, an art gallery, a boating lake and even a zoo, Battersea Park is the jewel in Battersea’s crown.  This 200-acre expanse of green space overlooking the river is a great place for families and fitness fanatics alike.  Visitors to the park can also enjoy an exciting, all year round programme of events.

Battersea Arts Centre and Theatre 503 at the Latchmere are two fringe theatres that offer performances from some of the country’s youngest and brightest theatre companies.

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Travel from Battersea

Trains from Queenstown Road station travel into Waterloo via Richmond, Hounslow and Staines, while Wandsworth Road trains follow a route to Highbury and Islington via Canada Water and Rotherhithe.  It’s just one stop from Wandsworth Road to Clapham Junction, where you can pick up fast rail connections to Victoria Station (6 minutes) and Waterloo (12 minutes) plus trains to Wimbledon, Richmond, Kingston and the suburbs to the south and west.

Battersea bus routes include the C3, 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 137, 156, 170, 295, 319, 337, 344, 345, 452, N87 and N137.

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Finding the right school

Chesterton Primary is a popular state primary school rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted while independent schools L’Ecole de Battersea and the Dominie School have also earned an ‘Outstanding’ rating for primary education.  Schools considered ‘Good’ by Ofsted include the state-run Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and Christ Church C of E Primary.

Dominie School and Chelsea Academy (both fee paying) are rated ‘Outstanding’ at secondary level while Thames Christian College and Frederick Hugh House are private schools classed as ‘Good’.  The Harris Academy, under the management of the successful Harris Foundation, has only recently opened and currently has no Ofsted rating.

In brief

Battersea is the perfect location on so many levels: near the river, close to a fantastic park and with central London virtually on its doorstep.  Combine that with the new developments currently under way and you have one of the capital’s most exciting areas.  Winchester White has the inside track on some of the best Battersea rental properties so call our office today for an informal chat.