On our recent visit to London we heard that Battersea Power Station quarter is now a trendy place to visit. This was the first time that I had seen the building up close and it is of truly massive proportions. It now has a new underground railway station on the Northern line.
The blurb describes the area thus: “At its peak, Battersea Power Station was supplying a fifth of London’s electricity.After decades of sitting derelict, it now being redeveloped into one of London’s most exciting and innovative destinations”.
The day we visited it was very quiet and surpisingly peaceful considering the area is in the centre of London. They do have regular events on though such as open-air theatre. They also advertise “affordable homes”, but if you fancy the penthouse apartment, it will set you back a mere £16 million. In 2022 the power station chimney lift promises to supply a panoramic view of London’s skyline. The roofs of Circus West Village have beeb designed to provide habitats for bees and birds such as the Black Redstarts ( a listed species)
There was still a fair amount of building work going on the day we visited, but this was all taking place behind solid fences, which were painted with eye-catching modern art designs. The wharf area, which was where the coal used to be brought in, is now transformed into an attractive walkway. We found a coffee shop (Black Sheep Coffee & Cocktails) serving an inspiring selection of different flavours and we chose the turmerc coffee served with freshly baked shortbread.
So Battersea Power Station area is worth a visit if you are looking out for something a little different on the banks of the River Thames.