Places to see in London Battersea
Arguably one of London’s most sought-after residential areas, Battersea has a lot going for it. There’s the splendid park, the incredible and enormous power station that’s currently being redeveloped, many pretty river walks and so on.
Recommended Attraction in Battersea
But for a one-time stop-off, we’d suggest getting down to the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) on Lavender Hill to catch a show, see an exhibition, or just mill around, get a coffee and soak up the avant-garde vibe that buzzes around the place.
Alternative Things To Do in Battersea
As an alternative, we’d also recommend getting down to Le Quecum Bar on Battersea High Street of an evening to get a proper French meal in this Hot Club of Paris Brasserie, as well as taking in some of London’s hottest Gipsy Swing music, all played live by London’s coolest cats.
Battersea Attractions List
There’s so much to explore in Battersea apart from Battersea Park, so take a look at the itinerary below to get a true flavour of what this vibrant and unique destination has to offer. Impressed? Then use our Battersea hotel booking service to book yourself an affordable hotel in Battersea today!
This is Northcote Road, which is Battersea’s unique shopping street. It’s got a huge variety of specialist shops and boutiques, complemented by market stalls. You’ll find everything you need here - from fishmongers and butchers to aromatherapy shops and bakers. If you’re feeling peckish, the street has dozens of cafes and restaurants. In the evenings there's a lively social scene and something for everyone - from the cosy atmosphere of the Holy Drinker with its open fire, to swanky cocktail bars like Iniquity.
The Northcote Road Antique Market is an attraction in its own right. It’s open seven days a week and offers a stunning variety of antiques and collectables. Here you’ll find silver, china, glass, mirrors, art deco, prints and pictures, furniture, jewellery, and much more besides.
Address: 155A Northcote Rd, London, Greater London SW11 6QB
Phone: 020 7228 6850
This is Battersea Arts Centre – an award-winning theatre that’s renowned for its innovative arts. The Grade II listed building was designed in 1891 by E.W Mountford and first opened as Battersea Town Hall in 1893. The Arts Centre specialises in music and theatre productions and it’s a venue where new shows are first performed prior to tours (some even transfer to the West End).
Address: Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN
Phone: 020 7223 2223
Make sure you pop into The Rise Bar. It’s a classy, elegant bar with a cool urban feel to it. If you fancy a laugh then you’re definitely at the right place - The Rise is home to the Battersea branch of Jongleurs (the largest comedy club chain in the UK).
This is St Mary's Church. The current church was built in 1777 and it’s connected with a number of famous or noteworthy people. William Blake was married here, J.M.W Turner painted here, Benedict Arnold died here, and William Curtis collected samples for his plants in the church. You will see four spectacular stained glass windows celebrating their work here.
Address: Battersea Church Rd, London, Greater London SW11 3NA
Phone: 020 7228 9648
You’ll find Theatre 503 above The Latchmere pub. It’s a performing arts venue which specialises in new work. It was originally founded in 1982 as a custom-built studio theatre, and the opening production was a new adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This proved so successful that the production transferred to the West End. Since 2002, the venue has seen the premiere of more than fifty new writers, including Dennis Kelly, Phil Porter and Rachael Wagstaff. It was nominated for a Time Out Live Award in 2006 so make sure you find out what’s on during your stay.
Address: 503 Battersea Park Rd, London, Greater London SW11 3BW
Phone: 020 7978 7040
Here you’ll find The Albion, a contemporary art gallery that rivals the likes of the Serpentine and the Hayward. The ceiling has been covered in stretched white canvas so that the art works are shown off to their best advantage by a uniform, bright light. When dealer Michael Hue-Williams first opened the gallery in 2004, London was at the height of artistic cool. The decision to open here in Battersea overlooking the Thames, allowed him to create this vast, architectural and impressive space. Make sure you check it out.
You’re now in beautiful Battersea Park which opened in 1858, and is considered by many to be the most interesting of all the London Parks. The park has everything you could want: from boating and wildlife, to art and sport. There’s also a children’s adventure playground and zoo. Wildlife thrives here with birds, animals and plants happily cohabiting. You probably never knew that an inner city park could have this much variety!
Address: London, Greater London, SW11 4NJ
Phone: +44 20 8871 7530
At Battersea Park Children’s Zoo you’ll find farmyard animals, flamingos, otters and monkeys, as well as peacocks which roam the enclosure. It is a beautiful spot, and a great place to go with younger children (or as part of your stroll around the park).
Address: Battersea Park, London, Greater London SW11 4NJ
Phone: +44 20 7924 5826
This restored grade II listed building is The Pump House Gallery. It was built in 1861 to supply water to the lakes of Battersea Park. It was derelict for many years, but English Heritage and Wandsworth Council worked together on a £400,000.00 restoration project. The building reopened in 1992 as a shop, information centre and art gallery. In 1999, the Pump House developed into a contemporary visual arts and exhibition space with an aim to entertain and educate a wider audience. Exhibitions fill all four floors and are hugely popular, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Address: Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
Phone: +44 20 8871 7572
Take time out to visit the Battersea Park Peace Pagoda. A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist mound designed for people of all races and creeds, to help unite them in their search for world peace. Most of these (though not all) have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, who was a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myohoji Buddhist Order. The pagoda in Battersea Park was a gift from the Buddhist order to London in 1985. Make sure you experience the tranquillity before you leave the park.
Address: Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
Phone: +44 20 8871 7530
This is the infamous Battersea Power Station. It’s not particularly beautiful, but it’s an iconic building in London. You may recognise it - it’s been pictured on several rock and pop album covers. Most notably it was featured on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album, Animals, with the group's inflatable pink pig floating above the station. The inflatable pig that’s tethered to the power station reportedly came free and veered into the flight path of Heathrow Airport -before landing somewhere in Kent!
Address: 188 Kirtling St, London, Greater London SW8 5BN
Phone: +44 20 7501 0688
No stay in Battersea would be complete without a visit to Battersea Dogs Home. The home was founded by Mrs Mary Tealby in 1860 and it’s an amazing place that houses unwanted or lost animals and tries to find them new owners. Since it opened they’ve taken in over three million dogs and cats. A visit here will probably tug at your heart strings, and you don’t even need to be an animal lover to appreciate the fantastic work that’s done here.
Address: 4 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4AA
Phone: +44 20 7622 3626
Here is the fantastic New Covent Garden Market. It’s a major fruit and vegetable wholesale market that was moved from Covent Garden to Battersea in 1974. This is the largest fresh produce market in the UK and it plays a unique role in London life - supplying fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants and many other catering needs. Customers include leading chefs and florists, restaurants and hotels, schools and hospitals. Over 2,800 people are employed here! It’s a hive of activity that you’ll definitely want to experience.
Address: New Covent Garden Market, London, SW8 5BH
Phone: +44 20 7720 2211
Who likes Swing music? As we witness a tide of virtual hands go up at that question, it’s evident that Swing’s revival in the last decade has done wonders for fitness and fun throughout the world’s cultural hubs. But Le QuecumBar was there before the craze started; indeed, it’s been there for a long time, on Battersea High Street, playing some of the nation’s best gypsy jazz. Inspired by the Hot Club of Paris swing of Stefan Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, this brasserie and wine bar is an authentic and gimmick-free haven of French ‘20s culture and music, and a fantastic night out.
Address: 42-44 Battersea High St, London SW11 3HX
Phone: 020 7787 2227