Why the Battersea Power Station area could be a powerful lifestyle choice
Battersea’s iconic power station, with its four distinctive white chimneys, was built in the 1930s but has stood empty, unloved and unused since 1983. Now this huge, 42-acre site is undergoing a transformation as part of a wider ‘Nine Elms’ project: tipped to be one of London’s coolest new developments incorporating shops, cultural and leisure facilities, office and residential space - all served by a new extension to the Northern Line.
This is an area mainly characterised by purpose-built apartment blocks (many of which enjoy stunning river views). If you’re renting in the Battersea Power Station area you’ll not only be tantalisingly close to the river, you’ll have a ringside seat for these exciting developments, described in the national press as “a new focal point for the city”.
Shopping and leisure
Apart from the occasional pub or convenience store there’s currently no shopping centre as such in this area, but Lupus Street in Pimlico – just over Chelsea Bridge – offers a good selection of shops and restaurants. If you’re looking for a more exclusive shopping experience then Sloane Square and the Kings Road are within easy travelling distance.
Fitness fans and families will enjoy being close to Battersea Park, which lies just a few streets away. Here you’ll find a wide range of sporting facilities, a boating lake, an art gallery and even a small children’s zoo. The park also hosts annual events and festivals.
If you love animals then nearby Battersea Dogs and Cats’ Home is always keen to take on new volunteers!
Travel from the Nine Elms/Battersea Power Station area
Victoria station is just one stop away from Battersea Park railway station by train and here you can pick up Victoria line and Circle and District Line tube services. Alternatively take one train stop west to Clapham Junction, which serves rail routes to London Bridge and Waterloo, north east and north west London and the southern and western suburbs. You can also reach Gatwick Airport from Battersea Park within 37 minutes.
Local bus services include the 44, 137 (which goes to Sloane Square) and 344. The new Northern Line tube stations – serving the power station and Nine Elms – are scheduled to open in 2020.
Finding the right school
Chesterton Primary School in Dagnall Street has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted while St Mary’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary and John Burns Primary are rated ‘Good’. Independent, fee-paying Primary schools include the popular Dominie and Newton Preparatory schools.
At secondary level there is one state primary school in the immediate area – the newly opened Harris Academy – otherwise popular middle-school and secondary level independents include the Dominie School, Newton Preparatory, Frederick Hugh House and the Thames Christian College.
Winchester White has a fantastic portfolio of rental properties close to Battersea Power Station. You’ll love living near the river and park as you watch this area develop into one of the most exciting and exclusive destinations in London.