If you want to live in London and enjoy being close to excellent transport links, leafy parks and in the centre of a thriving community, then Battersea might just be the place for you.
Battersea is on trend
For those in the know, the renovation of Battersea started in the 1980s but the gentrification of the area slowed down following national economic downturns.
Now business and community are booming once again in SW11. One of the benefits of this neighbourhood is its diversity. Older generations might follow McCarthy and Stone on Twitter for news of great developments and places to live, while younger people may have signed up for properties at the new Battersea Power Station development.
No matter what system they use or demographic they belong to, all agree that the ‘village feel’ is one of Battersea’s most popular amenities.
Good restaurants in Battersea
The chef Gordon Ramsay has opened a new restaurant in London House, Battersea Square, and you’ll find other fabulous eateries also established in this part of town. You’ll never be at a loss for something to do in this area.
If people-watching is your thing, then head down to Battersea Dog’s Home, where you may catch sight of celebs like Amanda Holden or Paul O’Grady taking part in some fund raising on behalf of the renowned canine and feline rescue centre. You may even spot Victoria Beckham in her new shop in Battersea!
Good schools, thriving arts centres
Local schools consistently top the list on the schoolsnet website, which has got to be a bonus for any families planning to move to the area. The proximity of Clapham Junction (actually in Battersea) is also an added incentive.
You can catch a train from this station and take the 10-minute journey to central London or easily link up with mainline stations across the capital.
The Battersea Arts Centre on Lavender Hill has been promoting theatre, dance and music in the borough since 1980 and still runs a flourishing annual programme.
Quirky, great local shops
Another reason why Battersea is so popular is its shops. If you like independent retailers then you’ll adore the Northcote Road vibe. If you’re looking for traditional fishmongers, bakers or even honey shops, then the weekly market is ideal. There are also fantastic wine bars and coffee shops in the streets around Northcote Road.
Beautiful parks dominate the area
London is relatively green compared to some capital cities. If you do move to Battersea then you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can hang out in Battersea Park or venture further south and explore the delights of two of the area’s great open spaces: Clapham and Wandsworth Commons.