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Spotlight on London: Living In Battersea
You may have already spotted our guide to living in Pimlico. Expanding on this spotlight series, we’re now hopping over the river to look at another up-and-coming area of London.
Battersea is associated with two things: a power station and an animal shelter. But if this is all you know about the area then you have barely scratched the surface. Battersea has a rich history and a vibrant future.
Regeneration around the power station site has created many new homes and entire communities. If there’s anything that Battersea offers it’s a sense of community spirit. Those moving to London for the first time will find Battersea to be safe, welcoming and incredibly vibrant. Here are just some of the reasons you will love living in Battersea.
It’s still pretty affordable
If you’re looking for a house share in Battersea, you can expect to pay anywhere from £400 per month for a double room, up to £800+ for a more high-end flat share with all the mod cons. This is great news for young professionals who want to be close to the action without shelling out for central London prices.
Battersea is also popular with young families, thanks to the great schools in the area. The most notable of which is probably Thomas’s private day school, attended by Prince George and Princess Charlotte. But if you forgot to submit an expression of interest at birth, there are plenty of other primary schools to choose from and several secondary/ high schools.
It has lots of green space
Battersea park is an expansive 200 acre green space that feels like an indulgence in the centre of a big city. When you need to get away from the concrete and bright lights, a stroll through the park or along the River Thames is just what you need. The Peace Pagoda is the perfect spot for a moment of quiet reflection, no matter how busy your day gets.
In the summer, people flock to the park, but with 200 acres to explore you’re sure to find a quiet space of your own. And if one park isn’t enough for you, neighbouring Clapham Common with its quaint boating lake should be enough to satisfy.
Battersea is well connected
One of the reasons that young professionals flock to Battersea is the incredible transport links. Right in the centre of Battersea you’ll find Clapham Junction, one of Europe’s busiest train stations. You can also hop on the Overground service and be in Kensington in no time at all. And if you head to Vauxhall Station, you can hop on the Victoria Line which will take you right to the heart of the action. There's also the extensive bus network, which runs through the night, so you'll never be left stranded.
You don’t have to venture far
As with most areas in London, there’s plenty going on right on your doorstep, so you needn’t worry about heading to areas like the West End or Chelsea for entertainment. Battersea is home to countless independent restaurants and bars. Discover Mexican fare in the form or tacos and tequila at Cartel on Battersea Park Road. Or explore the countless beers on offer at Four Thieves, a microbrewery and gin distillery by Clapham Junction. This is just a selection of the bars and restaurants available.
For more wholesome and family-friendly entertainment, there’s The Battersea Park Children’s Zoo and Go Ape, a high ropes adventure course in the middle of Battersea Park. Battersea High Street Market is also worth a visit to pick up fresh produce and artisan goods.
Moving to Battersea?
If you’re planning a move to Battersea from within the M25 area, why not let Man With A Van make your move go smooth and stress free. When hiring a 2 man team for your London move, you’ll be able to sit back and start planning your days in the wonderful district of Battersea.