Living in Battersea & Nine Elms
Battersea is in the London Borough of Wandsworth and stands on the south bank of the River Thames, spanning from Fairfield in the west to Queenstown in the east. The area is conveniently located just 3 miles from Charing Cross and easily accessible from most parts of Central London.
The skyline is dominated by Battersea Power Station and its four distinctive chimneys, visible from both land and water, making it one of London’s most famous landmarks. Battersea’s most famous attractions have been here for more than a century. The legendary Battersea Dogs and Cats Home still finds new families for abandoned pets, and Battersea Park, which opened in 1858, guarantees a wonderful day out.
Today Battersea is a relatively affluent neighbourhood with wine bars and many independent and unique shops - Northcote Road once being voted London’s second favourite shopping street. The SW11 Literary Festival showcases the best of Battersea’s literary talents and the famous New Covent Garden Market keeps many of London’s restaurants supplied with fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Nine Elms is Europe’s largest regeneration zone and, according the mayor of London, the 'most important urban renewal programme' to date. Three and half times larger than the Canary Wharf finance district, the future of Nine Elms, once a rundown industrial district, is exciting with two new underground stations planned for completion by 2020 linking up with the northern line at Vauxhall and providing excellent transport links to the City, Central London and the West End. A new footbridge over the Thames will also join Nine Elms with Chelsea.
Similar to New York's Meatpacking district, Nine Elms' renaissance will transform the area into ultra-modern destination offering the very latest in comfort, luxury and amenities as well as becoming a nascent cultural and business hub. Tech giant Apple has also based its London headquarters at Nine Elms, creating thousands of jobs and attracting new businesses and, inadvertently, created a new creative and tech nucleus in SW8.
Did You Know:
Battersea Bridge, built by Joseph Balzagette in the 1880's, is London’s narrowest bridge
The first asparagus grown in Britain was grown in Battersea Park in 1850
The first football match played under Football Association rules was played in Battersea Park on January 9th, 1864
61 million bricks were used to build Battersea Power Station
Famous residents include Gordon Ramsay, Bob Geldolf and Dannii Minogue whilst 007 star Roger Moore was born here in 1927
Architecture and property:
Battersea provides a wide choice of property styles. The banks of the river are flanked by modern steel and glass structures capturing river views and offering underground parking, gyms, pools and concierge services. Battersea Park is surrounded by turn of the century mansion blocks and stunning villas with park views. The Shaftesbury Estate offers picturesque cottages on tree lined streets and squares, as well as Victorian terraced houses with high ceilings and bay windows. The houses gain in size as they get closer to Clapham Common Northside, and many grand Victorian houses can be found on the south side of Lavender Hill. On Clapham Common Northside, large villas and terraces overlook the common and the houses on either side of Northcote Road offer mostly smaller, but very desirable, Victorian terraced housing. Battersea also offers many school conversions such as Southside Quarter and Victorian Heights.
Property in Nine Elms ranges from new luxury homes, penthouses, river-facing apartments as well as a large selection of affordable housing. Once complete, the new developments will forever change the London skyline. Buildings such as Vista, Battersea Power Station, Embassy Gardens, One Nine Elms, Nine Elms Point and Keybridge are setting the benchmark in new living standards in the capital.
Battersea has existed in records from at least the seventh century and has been mentioned in Anglo Saxon time as Badric’s Island, and later Patrisey. Battersea is historically part of Surrey and was originally an island settlement in the river delta of the Falconbrook, a river that rises in Tooting Bec Common and flows through south London to the River Thames.
Before the Industrial Revolution, much of the area was farmland providing food for the City of London and had particular specialisms, such as growing lavender on Lavender Hill. The parish grew from several distinct areas that included the original village around Battersea Square and the crossroads that would become Clapham Junction; by the 19th century it was one urban sprawl. With the opening of Clapham Junction Station in 1863, the focus of Battersea changed from the riverside to St John’s Hill and Northcote Road, which became the main shopping area. Little changed until after the Second World War, which destroyed much of the property in the area, leading to a large area of north Battersea being redeveloped and changing the old face of Battersea for good.
Where to eat:
- The Butcher and Grill
- Bunga Bunga
- Mien Tay
- The Lost Angel
- London House
Where to drink:
- The Prince Albert
- The Draft House
- The Prince of Wales
- The Duke of Cambridge
- The Northcote
Sports & Leisure:
Parks & Green Spaces:
Underground (London only): The Northern Line extension is forecast to see new Tube stations opening at Battersea and Nine Elms by 2020.
Overground: Clapham Junction has trains to locations both within and outside London, including Brighton and other south coast destinations. Services take just 10 minutes to Waterloo or 7 minutes to Victoria. The Overground network provides links across West London, South London, Docklands, East London and Highbury and Islington. Trains from Battersea Park reach Victoria in 5 minutes and Queenstown Road trains get to Waterloo in 7 minutes.
Bus routes: The area is well served by the bus network with route 19 to Finsbury Park, 37 and 39 running to Putney, 77 to Waterloo, 87 to Aldwych, 156 to Vauxhall, 44 and 170 to Victoria, 137 to Oxford Circus, 156 to Wimbledon, 319 to Sloane Square, 337 to Richmond, 345 to South Kensington and 452 to Kensal Rise.
Car: Battersea is easily accessible from neighbouring Clapham and Wandsworth serviced by the A3 and the south circular. Battersea is also accessible from Fulham via Wandsworth Bridge to the west and from Chelsea and Belgravia via Albert Bridge and Chelsea Bridge from the north as well as Nine Elms to the east.
Battersea offers 15 primary schools with a mixture of state and independent, including Ofsted 5 star rated St George’s Church of England School, Heathbrook Primary School, Chesterton Primary School and John Burns Primary School.There are also 3 secondary schools in the area comprising of the Harris Academy, St John Bosco College and the Thames Christian College.
Council & Tax Bands:
Council: London Borough of Wandsworth
Wandsworth Council tax rates:
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