Why move to Battersea?
The area plays host to the world-famous New Covent Garden Market where millions of pounds worth of fruit and vegetables change hands every single week – it’s one of the UK's largest fruit and veg wholesale markets. Battersea Dogs Home also plays a part in the area's prominence on the London map as well as Battersea Park with its Peace Pagoda and zoo. As you'd expect with an area so close to central London, Battersea and Wandsworth benefit from fantastic transport links into the City of London.
A little bit of history
The area was mostly agricultural, with the growing of lavender, asparagus and raising pigs. Industrial development brought silk, malt, corn and chemical factories to the area, separated by wharfs along the river for ease of transportation. The power station, with its iconic towers, was completed in 1939.
Architecture and property
There is an array of different types of residential property in the area, from recent riverside developments to the more traditional workers cottages in the Shaftsbury Estate and the large merchant houses in the Toast Rack that back directly onto Wandsworth Common - the name refers to the streets leading off of Trinity Road to the west of Wandsworth Common where there are generously proportioned homes from the early 20th century. The area ‘Between the Commons’ of Clapham and Wandsworth is also popular.
There is plenty of green space in Battersea and Wandsworth, most notably Battersea Park, a 200-acre leisure space with a large lake used for rowing in the summer, a Chinese pagoda and a small children’s zoo. The area attracts plenty of joggers and walkers. There’s also Wandsworth and Clapham commons, while Richmond Park is accessible five miles down the A3.