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Battersea is a historic London neighbourhood that, with the renovation and relaunch of Battersea Power Station as a new shopping district, has been back on everyone’s mind lately. Certainly one of the most recognisable aspects of the area, the power station was once a titan that provided a fifth of London’s electricity. It closed down in 1983 and remained derelict, but a still remarkable and striking fixture of the city’s skyline, until it opened up again in October 2022. The new Battersea Power Station was met with mixed reviews, but has still become a major attraction.

The surrounding area has had a makeover too, reminiscent of some highly developed areas of NYC. The new art’otel has popped up next door, boasting fantastic views of the power station from its in-house restaurant JOIA. And its other neighbour, Circus West Village, is an apartment complex-cum-shopping centre with plenty of restaurants to choose from.

Of course, that’s not all there is to Battersea – it’s a big place after all. It’s home to one of London’s largest parks (Battersea Park), a 200-acre space for landmarks, lakes and a zoo. There’s the Battersea Arts Centre, the neighbourhood’s bustling venue for independent theatre and gigs. And you can expect to find some great restaurants here too, serving up everything from comforting pub grub to acclaimed Vietnamese food.

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WHERE THE PANCAKES ARE BATTERSEA

UG-018 Unit 227, Upper, Ground Floor, Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms, London SW11 8BZ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Already well established at its Charlotte Street and Flat Iron Square locations, Where The Pancakes Are was one of the first restaurants to open inside the redeveloped Battersea Power Station. The all-day, all-pancakes spot isn’t exactly what you’d expect, with a menu of both savoury and sweet options and combos you never thought you’d see atop a stack. The menu changes seasonally, but some highlights include pulled beef pastrami pancakes with cheddar and sauerkraut, kale slaw and homemade pickles; cheddar and goat cheese Dutch baby with roast thyme and rosemary; and Korean miso and scallion pancake with kimchi and soy dipping sauce. There are plenty of drinks on offer too, with a range of soft drinks, wines and beer. The cocktail list got you covered for classics like mimosas, Aperol spritzes, margaritas, espresso martinis and more. Plus, if you drop by from 5-7pm you can get any cocktail for just £7 as part of their happy hour deal.

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HUMBLE GRAPE

2 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1ED, UK

You can swing by Humble Grape for a bottle of two of wine to take away but if you’ve got the time, it’s well worth sitting in and choosing from a constantly rotating selection of wines by the glass – with over 400 different wines so you’ve got a lot to get through. You can pair your wine with a range of cheese and cured meats, or go for an all-out dinner with dishes like grilled octopus, lamb meatballs, braised pork cheek and flat iron steak with chips.

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WRIGHT BROTHERS BATTERSEA

Wright Brothers Battersea, London, UK

Even though we hope they’re not catching fish from the Thames, there’s something very satisfying about eating right by the water at the latest Wright Brothers restaurant by Battersea Power Station. This is their fifth restaurant in London and the location is pretty stunning, with an outdoor terrace right on the river. The seafood definitely doesn’t come from the Thames by the way. Long before they had any restaurants Wright Brothers started as a wholesaler and unsurprisingly, oysters are big on the menu here too, with a long list of different varieties and dressings on offer. The rest of the menu has a solid line up of fish and shellfish, with dishes such as hake fillet with a shrimp and lemon risotto and, our favourite, the halibut with a Thai-inspired nam jim sauce and Cornish mussels.

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MIEN TAY

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180 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TQ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM

The family-run and originally east-end Vietnamese spot Mien Tay opened its second site in Battersea following its success in Shoreditch. Named after the area of South West Vietnam that the family comes from, Mien Tay specialises in home-style food from the region. Expect authentic dishes bursting with fresh and fragrant flavours, including the likes of fresh rolls with prawn, Vietnamese chicken clay-pot curry, crispy squid with garlic, chicken with honey and spices, goat with galangal and chargrilled quail with honey, garlic and spices. There’ll be some Vietnamese beer to wash it all down with too.

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THE LATCHMERE

The Latchmere, Battersea Park Road, London, UK

Located on a busy stretch of Battersea Park Road, The Latchmere is a great place to spend an evening by the fire, in the garden, or upstairs in the theatre. As well as a strong line up of beers, ales, gin, and wines, The Latchmere knocks out excellent food too, with home-cured British charcuterie, steaks all aged in-house, free-range chicken and pork, and sustainably sourced fish from the south coast. The first floor of The Latchmere continues to be home to Theatre503, an Olivier award-winning theatre for over 30 years.

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FIUME

££
Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms, London SW8 5BN, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 8:30 PM

Fiume is right on the bank of the river Thames (‘fiume’ = river in Italian), with views of both the water and Battersea Power Station, and was one of the first new launches at Circus West Village when it first emerged. Created by chef Francesco Mazzei and restaurant/hotel group D&D London, Fiume serves up a menu of traditional Mediterranean dishes – expect the likes of burrata and calamari to start followed by various pizzas and pasta dishes. The real USP here is the location and the sights, grab a seat on the terrace to take it all in.

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NORTHCOTE RECORDS

8-10 Northcote Road, SW11 1NT

Don’t be deceived: if you head to Northcote Records in the hopes of picking up your favourite tracks on vinyl, you are going to be sorely disappointed. If you are in search of cocktails, live music and dancing however, you’ve definitely come to the right place. With bands on pretty much every night of the week, this jumpin’ joint is a great place to grab a pizza, grab a drink, or grab a partner and dance the night away!

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NORTHCOTE ROAD ANTIQUES MARKET

155a Northcote Rd, SW11 6QB

Ever wanted to know what the inside of a secret treasure trove looked like? Visit the antiques market on Northcote Road and you can find out. The Tardis-like indoor market, which is set out over a couple of levels, is home to a wealth of vintage goods, from antiques to retro design pieces to jewellery and much, much more. Be prepared to rummage and be prepared to haggle – but take it from us, it’s worth it.

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BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

Calling all culture vultures! Battersea Arts Centre is one of the best places to check out new plays, live music and youth activities in the area. Working with over 400 artists to put on at least 650 shows EVERY YEAR, they really know how to get things done. Feeling peckish? There is also a bar and cafe open all day so you never have to leave… well, you may have to eventually… but you get the idea!

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MACELLAIO RC

124 Northcote Road, London SW11 6QU, UK

Though now the fourth location in this restaurant family, Macellaio RC Clapham still feels like a neighbourhood gem. Pouring exclusively Italian wines, with no less than 100 different labels behind the bar, and serving dry-aged steak chosen from the butcher counter set directly amongst the tables in carpaccios, ragus, or thick cuts cooked with rock salt and Tuscan extra virgin olive oil, it’s the perfect spot for all the carnivores out there.

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MONDO BREWING

86 Stewart's Rd, Nine Elms, London SW8 4UG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 2:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Mondo was founded by two Americans but these guys were thirsty for London, so it’s American-inspired, British-brewed vibes all round. The brewery and taproom is just a few yards from Battersea Power Station and they regularly collab with their transatlantic pals to create beer for all occasions. Their Dennis Hopp’r best seller is light and malty, whilst the Tone Float is a hazy IPA with an adult ABV. There’s plenty of other corkers too with seasonal specials released each month. Get ready for a proper sesh.

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THE SOURCE BULK FOODS

99 St John's Rd, London SW11 1QY, UK

The Source Bulk Foods, which has branches in Battersea, Richmond, Crouch End and Chiswick, stocks over 450 bulk foods so you really are spoilt for choice. If you can’t head in-store to shop you can also order online and have waste-free shopping delivered to your door.

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THE FOUR THIEVES

££
51 Lavender Gardens, London SW11 1DJ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:30 PM

This place has got their own micro-brewery, a gin garden, a virtual reality games room, a retro arcade AND a totally bonkers racing car track so you defo won’t be getting bored here. This much-loved boozer is not only one of the best in Battersea but probably all of South London. Yeah, we said it.

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THE MAGIC GARDEN

££
231 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 10:30 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

As the name suggests, The Magic Garden is a whimsical pub in Battersea that’s worth going just for the outside alone. The pub’s garden is decked out with fairy lights, blanketed sofas and a vintage car and it’s even a viable outdoor option in the colder months, as the garden is covered – plus, you can get some blankets and hot water bottles if you’re a little too chilly. Inside, the vibes are boho meets cluttercore and they regularly host gigs – as they put it themselves, it’s a “festival in a pub”. “The Cure” is their Sunday special, a day where you can drop by for free blues gigs, Sunday roasts, board games and Bloody Marys so you can recover from that hangover and shoo away the Sunday Scaries.

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