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Battersea and Clapham Junction are located south of the River Thames in the London Borough of Wandsworth. The area is well known for many reasons throughout Britain, none more so than being the home of the UK’s most famous animal refuge centre, Battersea Dogs’ Home.
Nowadays it is seen as a relatively affluent area attracting many famous residents such as Gordon Ramsay, Harry Hill, Bob Geldof and others.
The London Borough of Wandsworth, in which Battersea is located, is the 8th biggest borough in Greater London, with a population of just over 300,000 inhabitants. Just over a third of these reside in the Battersea Westminster Parliamentary Constituency. Like most of London, the population has grown in the last decade, with Battersea seeing some 20,000 new residents since 2001.
The change in ethnic make-up in Battersea reflects that of London as a whole with a relatively large decrease in people identifying themselves as white British (10,000 fewer). The number of total households in Battersea increased by 8,000 with an average house price of approximately £523,000 making Wandsworth the 7th most expensive area of London for housing.
Battersea is home to a large number of Primary and Secondary schools. There are 4 independent schools in the Borough of Wandsworth, which achieve very good GCSE results (some of them boast 100% of students achieving 5 good GCSEs). Of the LEA controlled schools, almost all achieved at least 50% pass rates under the same criteria, of which Ernest Bevin College and Ashcroft Technology Academy were the top performers.
As well as traditional schools, Battersea is home to South Thames College, the Royal Academy of Dance and it is within easy travelling distance of London’s big Universities.
Battersea is served by its main train station, Clapham Junction, which is considered to be Europe’s busiest station by number of trains passing through it per day – around 2,000 (some of which of course don’t stop). This is due to its location as a meeting point for services from Waterloo and Victoria that converge here.
As with a lot of places south of the Thames, it is not as well connected to the Underground as those places north of the river, but Clapham Junction is on the London Overground network which connects south east and south west London. Access to the tube network is pretty straightforward however, with Clapham North (Northern Line) just 100 metres from Clapham High Street station. Like most of London, Battersea is well connected by bus 24 hours a day and Clapham Junction is served by up to 12 different services night and day. London’s airports are also easily reachable via the City’s excellent transport links
Amenities and shopping
Battersea is quite an eclectic area for shopping. You can find high-street regulars of course, but Battersea is home to several markets too. The market on Northcote Road is home to fruit and veg stalls and hosts an Arts and Crafts market towards the end of the week. Then there is the Antiques market near Clapham Junction and a host of antique shops nearby too that are a huge attraction to antique hunters and bargain seekers.
Battersea Park is also a great place to spend an afternoon, or how about paying a visit to the Battersea Arts Centre, which has hosted many a great show – the infamous “Jerry Springer the Opera” premiered here.
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