Celebrating success in Little India
The Victorians loved nothing better than to name roads in celebration of their military successes and this area celebrates a string of British Empire victories (although bizarrely none of the battles flagged up here actually took place in India).
In Little India, roads with colourful names such as Afghan Road, Nepaul Road, Khyber Road, Cabul Road and Candahar Road form a compact community situated between Falcon Road and Battersea Park Road. The streets that make up this area were built in the last half of the 19th century by Victorian property developer Alfred Heaver, and are predominantly three bedroom terrace houses, although some have been converted into flats.
These properties are popular with young professionals, who enjoy being close to transport links, the river and the restaurants, pubs and bars on both sides of the Thames.
Shopping and leisure
With its convenience shops, fast-food outlets and cafes, Falcon Road is the nearest area for shopping; you’ll find more shops in nearby Battersea High Street. Clapham Junction and Lavender Hill offer a wider choice of retail outlets, including the famous department store Arding and Hobbs (now a branch of Debenhams), an Asda supermarket and some well-known high street chain stores. Northcote Road, running south from Clapham Junction, is another popular shopping street with its own weekday market.
Nearby restaurants include the highly rated Augustine Kitchen French restaurant on Battersea Bridge Road, the Varanasi Chefs (Indian cuisine) on the High Street and Sushi Café on Battersea Park Road. A twenty-minute walk over Battersea Bridge to the Kings Road will give you a further choice of restaurants, pubs and bars.
This small area has more than its share of green spaces with the oddly shaped Falcon Park (known locally as ‘Banana Park’) and Shillington Gardens to the east. Battersea Park, with its sporting facilities, boating lake, art gallery and children’s zoo is just a short distance away. The park hosts popular annual events such as the ‘Affordable Art Show’.
Travel from Little India
It’s not far to walk from Little India’s streets to Clapham Junction station, where you’ll find fast rail connections to Victoria Station (6 minutes) and Waterloo (12 minutes) together with trains to Wimbledon, Richmond, Kingston and the suburbs to the south and west. There’s also a direct service to Gatwick Airport (approximately 30 minutes), while the overground offers direct routes to north west London and north east London.
Local bus routes include the 35, 39, 49, 170, 295, 319, 344, 345 and C3.
Finding the right school
Living here you’ll have access to two fee-paying primary schools rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted: L’Ecole de Battersea and Thomas’s Battersea. State primaries Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Christ Church C of E Primary School and Falconbrook Primary School are all rated ‘Good’.
For secondary education Chelsea Academy has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ while private schools Thames Christian College, Dominie School and Centre Academy have been classed as ‘Good’. The Harris Academy, managed by successful educational charity the Harris Foundation, has only recently opened and therefore has no current Ofsted rating.
When you want to rent in a small community like Little India, you’ll need expert knowledge to guide you. Winchester White has the contacts to help you find the right property in this peaceful part of Battersea, situated close to the river and close to Clapham Junction’s busy transport hub.