Living in Battersea

Lauristons area guide to Battersea

Welcome to Battersea

Battersea is one of the most popular places to live in South London.  Young professionals, families as well as a handful of celebrities are drawn to the area due to its proximity to the river, green open spaces, easy commuting, the education and excellent bars, shops and restaurants.

One of the many attractions of living in leafy Battersea is the low level of council tax. The reason - every train that passes through Clapham Junction Station (one of the busiest train stations with 2000 trains passing through each day) has to pay a levy to the council and that helps to keep the bills down.

Well known for the iconic Battersea Power Station that commands the skyline, this historic beauty has now been redeveloped into flats, shops and restaurants. Coupled with Michelin starred restaurants, music and comedy events and high end boutique shopping, Battersea is now firmly on the map. 

Battersea’s Top 5

a) Green open spaces

b) Fantastic transport links

c) Riverside location, close to the heart of central London

d) Outstanding primary schools (Part of Battersea are often referred to as Nappy Valley or Pram Springs!)

e) Vibrant atmosphere – bars, cafes, shops, restaurants

Top things about the area


One of the things that makes this area so desirable is it's lovely parks.

Battersea Park has 200 acres of this stunning park created on marshland reclaimed from the Thames. Today, you can often see herons, cormorants and grebes. Its also home to a number of events and the very popular public fireworks display.

Wandsworth Common is a substantial recreational area of 175 acres. The ‘leafy’ common has numerous sports pitches, tennis and bowling. There are a number of ponds, and a lake which can be used for fishing (with a permit).

Clapham Common is a huge expanse of green. With 220 acres containing three ponds, a picturesque bandstand, tennis courts and a bowling green, it’s a classic park and a hub of the community, hosting a series of summer festivals, a regular fair and a hugely popular public firework display.
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Eating & drinking

The area offers everything you could need, from artisan cafes offering freshly baked bread and cakes, delicatessens with a range of delicious meats and cheeses and local butchers.

The area in between Clapham and Wandworth Common is ideal for young families with lots of places to eat. If you want something a bit quieter try Battersea Square where you can sit out in the street and watch the world go by.

Alongside the independent food venues are a number of high street favourites as well as restaurants belonging to Michelin starred chefs. Choose from quiet little side streets and squares to luxurious people watching spots on the riverbanks. There's something in Battersea to suit all tastes.
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This part of South West London is well known for the quality and choice of education available to families.
For Outstanding primary education, the most popular schools are Honeywell, Belleville and Chesterton

For secondary education, there are a number of local schools including Saint John Bosco College and Battersea Park School. Other schools in nearby districts include Burntwood school In Earlsfield, la Retraite Catholic girls’ school in Balham and Streatham High School

The independent preparatory schools Broomwood Hall, Thomas’s, Eaton House, Newton Prep, Parkgate House and Northcote Lodge are popular as is the Lycée Francais & Charles de Gaulle
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Average cost of buying and renting
in Battersea
1 bed apartment
£576,000 - £1,680/pm
2 bed flat
£872,000 - £2,290/pm
3 bed house
£1,030,000 - £2,580/pm
4 bed house
£1,500,000 - £3,800/pm
Getting around
Battersea (zone 2) has excellent connections into London with overground, train, bus, tube and river services
Tube - Zone 2
Battersea Park - Northern Line
Clapham Juntion - Northern Line
Queenstown Road - Northern Line
Overground/Mainline railway
Wandsworth Road/Clapham Junction
Queenstown Road – Services to Waterloo and Surrey
Local bus routes (including night buses) are plentiful.
The A3 runs through Clapham and down to Portsmouth linking with the M25 at Junction 10

Where the locals go

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Properties for sale in Battersea

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