In times past Battersea was so working class and poor that the railway men who slung a very useful junction station there refused to name it after its actual home - which is why Clapham Junction confuses so many first time visitors to the area. But Battersea now is just as upmarket - and perhaps even a bit more genuinely genteel - than Clapham, and its housing and facilities are absolutely as good.
Battersea is superbly stocked with a huge array of places to eat and drink, as befits an area which in the 1990s became a steadfast hangout of the urban middle class. Local restaurants on the main social drags of the area - St Johns Hill, Lavender Hill, Latchmere Road and the like - cover every cuisine you can imagine, and probably some you can't. There are superb cafes to linger on Sundays over a newspaper, and great shops in the centre providing all the usual high street names as well as a few little boutiques. There are also, here and in the more outlying areas and the streets leading towards Wandsworth, Clapham and down towards the Park - excellent local pubs as well as great local grocers and supermarkets. There are excellent clubs in the centre, comedy venues, and the excellent - people come from all over London to go there - Battersea Arts Centre.
The suburb has excellent green space nearby, with Wandsworth and Clapham Commons very near, though its principal open space is the lovely Battersea Park - a wonderful area leading down to the river, where the locals spend their weekends, which contains a zoo amongst other attractions.
Property in Battersea covers most of the bases you'd expect to see in a once-working-class area. Properties are now, since the area has been middle class and demanding for some while, generally excellent in repair and maintenance. Most streets around the centre of Battersea are brilliant for late Victorian and Edwardian terraces, with great maisonettes and flats also present. The area of Battersea between the two commons (Wandsworth and Clapham) is filled with wonderful two and three storey Victorian and Edwardian houses, and an area of great calm and quiet.
There are wonderful flats in the gorgeous mansion blocks that face onto Battersea Park. However impressive these flats are, however, they are put slightly into the shade by the incredible new developments on the river. There are older riverside developments, of course, the Plantation and Morgan's Walk, but the new buildings, such as the Albion and Montevetro, are startling, wonderful new constructions that embody the best in new apartments - and are highly sought after.
Battersea has a vast array of flats and houses to view and choose from. It's cosmopolitan, excellently provided for, and its undesirable days are definitely history now.
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Area News for Battersea
Battersea and Nine Elms are now a step closer to central London after the government announced plans to build two new underground stations in the area. Wandsworth is one of the areas of London set to benefit the most from the planned extension of the Northern Underground line. The plans were unveiled by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL) on November 13th.
Read Article ... Published on 13th November, 2014
Millions have been invested in improving properties across Wandsworth, it has been revealed.
Read Article ... Published on 6th August, 2014
Pimlico is an upmarket and sophisticated area of West London, with a relaxed and contemporary feel to it.
Read Article ... Published on 1st April, 2014
Wandsworth residents have given their backing to a major redevelopment project which would see hundreds of homes rebuilt alongside a new park, leisure centre, library and community centre.
Read Article ... Published on 28th February, 2014
Wandsworth Council has announced that it will be making a number of changes to the town centre, as part of a multi-million pound improvement project.
Read Article ... Published on 9th December, 2013
Some 440 job and training opportunities are to be created in the Borough of Wandsworth over the next few years, thanks to developers. The opportunities will be made available to unemployed individuals living in the borough thanks to a new agreement.
Read Article ... Published on 5th September, 2013
Once upon a time, Stockwell was one of London's poorest neighborhoods, but its proximity to London and excellent transport links into the centre have encouraged the powers that be to put a little money into the area. The results have been inspirational and it is now one of the most in-demand districts, with people clamouring to live in one of the gorgeous houses on offer.
Read Article ... Published on 28th March, 2013
The London borough of Lambeth has announced it will soon make a final decision on whether to approve an ambitious Transport for London (TFL) project that could see the district take in an additional £46 million worth of income in revenue.
Read Article ... Published on 26th February, 2013
Those residing in the London borough of Wandsworth can give themselves a pat on the back as it was revealed they are likely to be among the healthiest people in the UK, figures from the census show.
Read Article ... Published on 5th February, 2013
The regeneration of the Nine Elms area on London's South Bank is expected to bring numerous benefits for local residents, including jobs, homes and new facilities and amenities.
Read Article ... Published on 10th January, 2013
Property to rent in Wandsworth has always been attractive thanks to the borough's close proximity to central London and its excellent transport links, despite the lack of Tube stops in the area.
Read Article ... Published on 28th December, 2012
Work will soon be underway to transform Battersea Power Station into an exciting new residential area after detailed plans for the redevelopment were approved.
Read Article ... Published on 17th December, 2012
Residents living near Clapham Junction in Battersea have always enjoyed great transport connections into central London, and now they will have even more travel options.
Read Article ... Published on 11th December, 2012
Clapham Junction near St John's Hill in Battersea is one of London's busiest public transport hubs, with hundreds of trains and buses passing through the area each day.
Read Article ... Published on 10th December, 2012
The chancellor has confirmed that the planned extension to the London Underground's Northern Line will go ahead in a move that will improve transport links in the south of the capital.
Read Article ... Published on 7th December, 2012
Property to rent in Battersea could become even more attractive if Transport for London's plans to extend the Northern Line are given the green light.
Read Article ... Published on 12th November, 2012
With its towering chimneys and distinctive Art Deco design, Battersea Power station is a prominent part of the London skyline, and since its closure in 1983, the question of what would happen to this iconic landmark has been in question.
Read Article ... Published on 9th October, 2012
Property to rent in Lambeth has always been attractive thanks to the borough's close proximity to central London, its green spaces, its riverside areas and its numerous amenities.
Read Article ... Published on 3rd October, 2012
While Vauxhall is a popular area for those who want to live close to the heart of London, there is arguably less community spirit to be found there than in many other parts of the capital.
Read Article ... Published on 28th September, 2012
Boris bikes have been a huge hit with Londoners and it is said that lettings in areas close to the docking stations have become increasingly popular, especially in areas where bus and train connections are lacking.
Read Article ... Published on 28th September, 2012
The London 2012 Olympic Games have left a lasting sporting legacy on the whole of the capital, not just in those areas where the main venues were built.
Read Article ... Published on 11th September, 2012
The imposing structure of the Grade II listed Battersea Power Station has long been a feature of the London skyline, but it has not generated any electricity since 1983.
Read Article ... Published on 10th September, 2012
London has always been an attractive place for developers due to the high levels of demand from people looking for property to rent in London.
Read Article ... Published on 6th September, 2012
Vauxhall's skyline looks set to change after planning permission was granted for two new high-rise towers behind the MI6 intelligence agency headquarters.
Read Article ... Published on 22nd August, 2012
Albert Embankment is already home to some rather impressive buildings, from the Secret Intelligence Service headquarters to the large riverside apartment blocks beside Vauxhall Bridge.
Read Article ... Published on 20th August, 2012
Residents are set to benefit from new improvements that have been made to the Clapham Junction area in the London borough of Wandsworth.
Read Article ... Published on 16th August, 2012
Battersea Power Station will not be redeveloped into a stadium, a member of the consortium with preferred bidder status on the site has insisted.
Read Article ... Published on 15th June, 2012
Hammersmith and Fulham Council is willing to work alongside Chelsea Football Club in order to help them redevelop Stamford Bridge.
Read Article ... Published on 11th June, 2012
Green initiatives in Wandsworth can still apply for funding from the Wandsworth Eco Fund.
Read Article ... Published on 30th April, 2012
Battersea residents have been given £1million in funding to improve their area.
Read Article ... Published on 30th March, 2012
People seeking flats to rent in Wandsworth could be set to benefit from expanded provision of primary school places next year.
Read Article ... Published on 30th November, 2011
People living in property to rent in Battersea can visit York Gardens Library once again following its reopening today (November 1st).
Read Article ... Published on 1st November, 2011
People living in flats to rent in Battersea will soon be able to attend one of the biggest firework displays in the capital.
Read Article ... Published on 24th October, 2011
People living in property to rent in Battersea are being invited to volunteer and help the local Rotary Club put on its Christmas Day lunch for 400 local pensioners.
Read Article ... Published on 20th October, 2011
Parents with musical children living in property to rent in Wandsworth may want to put their offspring forward for the borough's 2011 Young Performer competition.
Read Article ... Published on 12th October, 2011
Book lovers in Wandsworth can enjoy writing workshops and discussions for the next three weeks during the 2011 edition of the much-admired SW11 Literary Festival.
Read Article ... Published on 15th September, 2011
Boasting five of London's bridges and some of its most vibrant suburbs, the borough of Wandsworth is a fantastic choice for people looking for property to rent in the capital.
Read Article ... Published on 31st August, 2011
A development scheme that could boost the amount of property to rent in the London borough of Wandsworth has been approved by the government.
Read Article ... Published on 10th February, 2011
A grant fund for community projects has been made available to homeowners and those living in property to rent in the London borough of Wandsworth.
Read Article ... Published on 25th January, 2011
Families looking for property to rent in the London borough of Wandsworth may be buoyed by the news that a 'free school' will be opened in the area.
Read Article ... Published on 21st January, 2011
Those looking for property to rent in the London borough of Wandsworth will soon be able to enjoy eating out at a new restaurant after the council gave the green light to plans to create the establishment.
Read Article ... Published on 10th January, 2011
People searching for flats to rent in Lambeth might be pleased to note the mayor of London has given the green light to the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.
Read Article ... Published on 24th December, 2010
A businesswoman has explained why she prefers property to rent in the London borough of Lambeth to buying a house.
Read Article ... Published on 13th December, 2010
Read Article ... Published on 27th August, 2010
Read Article ... Published on 29th June, 2010
People looking for property to rent in London may be interested to read that a developer has acquired land on the south bank of the River Thames next to Battersea Heliport.
Read Article ... Published on 9th June, 2010
Read Article ... Published on 30th November, 2009
People living in property to rent in Wandsworth may soon see Olympic athletes from Barbados training in their midst.
Read Article ... Published on 20th July, 2009
People visiting Battersea Park between Friday July 17th and Sunday July 19th will have the opportunity to see some of the benefits living in Wandsworth can bring.
Read Article ... Published on 7th July, 2009
Many of the local London offices of estate agency Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward have reported a gloomy September as the property market continues to face difficulty.
Read Article ... Published on 7th October, 2008
New plans have been unveiled that may make the Battersea area a more attractive one for people to rent homes in.
Read Article ... Published on 24th September, 2008
The plan to construct a 300-metre high 'eco-chimney' on the site of Battersea Power Station is finding favour with the public and local authorities.
Read Article ... Published on 29th August, 2008
Wandsworth Council has announced that plans are moving forward for a large property development in the Ransome's Dock area.
Read Article ... Published on 5th August, 2008
The value of property for sale in London may be sinking, but according to Hamptons areas south of the river are weathering the storm well.
Read Article ... Published on 4th June, 2008