Battersea Revisited

187 Reviews

Star Travel Rating

5/5

Review type

Things to do

Date of travel

December, 2023

Product name

Battersea

Product country

UK

Product city

London

Travelled with

Couple

Reasons for trip

Culture/Sightseeing

A couple of years ago we visited Battersea Power Station while it was still being redeveloped. There has certainly been a transformation today. Now the building has been repurposed and is surrounded by modern apartment blocks. There is also a calendar of leisure events.

This December, when we visited again, it was all about Christmas. Festive installations were everywhere from the giant Christmas tree, Candy Cane Lane, the Ginger Bread House, the Giant Baubles, the Mistletoe Walk, a vintage-style fairground and the ice-skating rink. For the little ones there was of course Santa himself.

The place is so vast there are various exhibitions, two cinemas, a theatre and virtual reality venue. Foe those with a head for heights you can take the Lift 109 to acsend 109 meters up one of the original chimneys and get a 360-degree view of London.

After standing derelict for many years the edifice was once a coal-powered energy facility that supplied a fifth of London’s electricity. It is now fully open to the public. it advertises affordable homes – but I don’t know anyone who could afford even the smallest apartment! There are over 140 shops and over 50 eateries.All high end and mostly out of our price bracket. However, we did return to the Black Sheep Coffee cafe for a sit down and refreshments.

Battersea Power Station is definitely worth a visit to see something different.

Therese.Irving

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