‘Knightsbridge on the Thames’ the Battersea & Nine Elms skyline features the Battersea Power Station and its four distinctive chimneys, visible from both land and water, making it one of London’s most famous landmarks. Battersea’s most famous attractions have been here for more than a century.
The legendary Battersea Dogs and Cats Home still finds new families for abandoned pets, and Battersea Park, which opened in 1858, guarantees a wonderful day out. Today Battersea is an affluent neighbourhood with wine bars and many independent and unique shops – Northcote Road once being voted London’s second favourite shopping street. The SW11 Literary Festival showcases the best of Battersea’s literary talents and the famous New Covent Garden Market keeps many of London’s restaurants supplied with fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Nine Elms is Europe’s largest regeneration zone and, according to the mayor of London, the ‘most important urban renewal programme’ to date.
Three and half times larger than the Canary Wharf financial district, the future of Nine Elms, once a rundown industrial district, is exciting with two new underground stations planned for completion by 2021 extending the Northern line to Nine Elms and Battersea and providing excellent transport links to the City, Central London and the West End. The area will then become Zone 1, there is also a proposed new footbridge over the Thames will also join Nine Elms with Chelsea.
Like New York’s Meatpacking district, Nine Elms’ renaissance will transform the area into ultra-modern destination offering the very latest in comfort, luxury and amenities as well as becoming a nascent cultural and business hub. Tech giant Apple has also based its London headquarters at Nine Elms, creating thousands of jobs and attracting new businesses and, inadvertently, created a new creative and tech nucleus in SW11.