It is no secret that London is ever expanding and predicting what is going to be the next hip thing to see and do is not always easy. With that being said, there are always some indicators that help you identify what you need to keep an eye out for. Battersea Power Station is currently under a thorough development that is actually building and branding the Battersea area as a whole.
With nearly 2.5 million square feet of commercial accommodation in development, stunning apartments overlooking the Thames being built and even a tube expansion under construction, Battersea is definitely the new place to be. Before 2020, the Battersea and Nine Elms areas are expecting to support of 18.000 new homes and over 24.000 new jobs. All these exciting changes will inevitably grow Battersea and it is now up to you to explore the treats of the area before the tourists take over.
In the summertime, the sun hits the square all day. This is a perfect excuse to sip a glass of wine with all the locals that had the exact same idea. The river is literally just around the corner and you will instantly feel at peace if you enjoy the sunset from this quiet spot. For a fine dining and extraordinary cocktail experience, go to Gordon Ramsay’s London House. The relaxed and yet stylish atmosphere is not to be missed. For a cosy afternoon in the sun, check out Zócalo where you can indulge in Mexican mezcal and tapas.
Located just of Clapham Junction station is the vibrant Northcote Road. Home of countless of restaurants, cafés, bars and speciality shops. The road is probably most known for its Northcote Road market that allows people to indulge in local delicacies and antiques and the market seems to be more of an event than just a market. When it gets dark outside there’s no reason to head home - go to OsteriaAntica Bologna for a real Italian dining experience (treat yourself with the spaghetti with wild boar ragout!) and then head across the road to Northcote Records where you will get live music every night of the week and an ever busy and vibrant environment.
One of the biggest and most beautiful parks in London is found in Battersea. Unlike Hyde Park and Regent’s Park, this is a park you can enjoy in peace and without a lot of tourists making it feel like a stressful experience. The park features a small lake and outdoor sport facilities and it is also the ideal place to go and enjoy a picnic with friends.
A well-kept secret in London with a view! The Battersea Barge is available for private hire but is also great for a casual outing on the river. The floating wonder has charm and history and even though the food and drinks are amazing, you will mainly go here for the atmosphere. With its limited spaces, this is definitely a place to go before it becomes too well known to every individual that crosses paths with London.
Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences around Battersea - what is your favourite spot in the area?
Rikke Mikkelsen is Digital Marketing Manager at Ratedapartments.com.