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
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.
Eating & drinking
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.
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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