Visiting Battersea Power Station
This London icon is slowly coming back to life, so Neil Simpson and Sarah Riches took a Thames trip to see its transformation.
Battersea Power Station was designed by the Londoner Giles Gilbert Scott (the man behind the red telephone box) and opened in 1933, but by 1982 this ‘superstation’ was no longer in use. A long period of delays, failed projects and rumours followed but now, one of London’s most famous buildings is almost ready to be unveiled as a major leisure destination for southwest London.
Already, there’s a lot of activity directly around Battersea Power Station to enjoy. The new Turbine Theatre and a cinema are open, while there’s an impressive collection of restaurants to choose from. We decided to have lunch at Fiume, which is named after the Italian word for river. Designed by the team behind Hawksmoor and Dishoom, the sleek dining room opens out onto a terrace with olive and lemon trees, lavender in terracotta pots and a fairy-lit awning. Fiume has menus to suit every occasion, including brunch and Sunday roasts – but we recommend the burrata and pesto lasagne.
There’s also the new River Walk Market every weekend, where you can shop from a selection of approximately 15 stalls mainly selling (delicious) baked goods, coffee, cosmetics, cheese, smoothies, charcuterie and desserts.
But the best thing about visiting Battersea Power Station? For us, that was arriving by the river and seeing those monumental chimneys coming into view. Until the Northern Line is extended to Battersea (currently due in late 2021), the Thames Clipper River Bus is probably the most convenient way to get there from central London: it’s roughly 15 minutes sailing from Embankment Pier, 20 from Blackfriars or 40 from Canary Wharf. There’s food and drink on board and it’s a lot more relaxing than taking the train – trust us, we’re commuters!
For a leisurely morning or afternoon in a new part of London, Battersea Power Station offers a pleasant option – with the added bonus of being right by the river.
Battersea Power Station
Circus West Village, SW11 8EN | www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk
River Walk Market
www.realfoodfestival.co.uk | Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
www.fiume-restaurant.co.uk | [email protected] | 020-3904 9010
Mon 5.30pm-10.30pm; Tue-Fri noon-10.30pm; Sat 11am-10.30pm; Sun 11am-9pm
www.thamesclippers.com | River Roamer hop-on-and-off (valid all day from 9am) advance adult £17.80; child £8.90; on the day adult £19.80; child £9.90; under-fives travel free. Adult standard single journeys from £4.80; adult Oyster/app/online single journeys from £4.40
Times and prices correct at time of publishing
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