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PrimeLocation Battersea Guide

Battersea is a part of the Wandsworth borough, positioned well inside London transport zone two. Originally an industrial district, the area has seen a huge amount of regeneration, particularly near the river.

There are several London landmarks within Battersea: the four towers of the Power Station, forever in a state of disrepair, are an equal source of pride and frustration for locals. Clapham Junction - the busiest train station in the UK - is named after the neighbouring Clapham, but is geographically Battersea through and through. And, if you stray anywhere near the north east, you'll hear the unmistakable call of the famous Battersea Cats and Dogs Home.

The vast majority of the borough is expensive to live in (despite having the cheapest council tax in England as suggested by the Telegraph in 2015), but this is offset with a lively community feel. Clapham Junction Railway station has quite a hectic vibe; the area around the park is far calmer. Families flock to 'between the commons' (Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common), while Northcote Road's characterful market, independent shops and buzzing nightlife make it popular with young professionals. Battersea Rise is the priciest part of town, but arguably the loveliest.

Battersea is faintly triangular in shape - the Thames creates a northern border, running northeast along Battersea Park to pass Westminster. Then, from each northerly corner, the area tapers to a point three miles south. Lambeth lies to the east, Clapham to the south-east and Wandsworth to the west.


Numbers vary according to where you mark the exact borders of Battersea, but the population is somewhere between 60,000 and 70,000. The larger Wandsworth area boasts an unemployment rate of just under 4%, lower than the national rate of 5.2%. There are also more individuals in the area that report their health as to being ‘Good’ or ‘Very Good’ than the national averages.


There are plenty of schooling options in the Battersea area, ranging from good to excellent. Popular state primaries are Honeywell and Belleville (both having previously received ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted reports). Good state secondary schools include Burntwood in nearby Earlsfield, or there's several excellent independent schools in Battersea itself. A new City Academy also recently opened in the area.


Despite being so close to the centre of London, a lack of underground stations makes Battersea strangely difficult to get to, though locals will tell you the overland train is quite sufficient, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road and Clapham Junction all service the area. But if you want the tube, either take a hike to Clapham Common or get the bus across the river. Numerous buses also serve the area.

Battersea is outside of the congestion zone and residential parking is charged on an annual basis.

Amenities and shopping

Battersea is extremely well catered for when it comes to shopping, activities and other amenities.

There are some lovely pubs and restaurants on Battersea Rise, Lavender Hill and around Clapham Junction. There's a huge ASDA by this station, and a big Debenhams just round the corner. Although most people use the supermarkets for their groceries, there are a couple of other attractive options. As well as several local farmers' markets, the New Covent Garden Market, with its 56 acres of wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower companies, was resited from Covent Garden in 1974 and is in the northeast corner of the district.

The dynamic Battersea Arts Centre is known for its modern theatre, and the original Tate Gallery is just beyond the district boundaries. And for anyone craving some open space, the 83 hectare Battersea Park is a beautiful place for a summer picnic or winter stroll.

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