About this office
The Hamptons Battersea and Wandsworth office is situated in the area known locally as ‘Between the Commons’, geographically in the middle of Wandsworth and Clapham Common. The office covers the areas of Northcote Road, Battersea Waterfront, Between the Commons, St Johns Hill, Lavender Hill, Battersea Power Station, Battersea Park, Battersea Reach, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common and the Shaftsbury Estate. There's an abundance of property on offer here, from small apartments and flats to larger homes perfectly suited to families.
Why move to Battersea?
The highly sought-after area of Battersea and Wandsworth can be found perched on the south bank of the river Thames. Battersea is a well-known part of London, partly thanks to the wonderful, if not a little spooky, Battersea Power Station. The area also 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
Battersea was previously part of Surrey and has been settled since Saxon times, when the tiny village was centred on St Mary’s Church; a version built in the 1700s is still standing in the same place today. 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 are 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.
Shopping and amenities
Battersea has a real sense of community, with the small-town feel being one of the major reasons why local residents feel so passionately about where they live. Successful independent businesses blend seamlessly with some of the more boutique style fashion shops and there is a real feeling of community around the hubs of Northcote Road and Bellevue Road. There is supermarket shopping at Asda Clapham Junction, with Waitrose, Co-operative and Sainsbury’s Local accessed from Battersea Park Road.
There are a variety of excellent restaurants in Battersea, from local favourite Mien Tay from Vietnam, Santa Maria del Sur for Argentinian steaks, to London House by Gordon Ramsey – a Battersea local. Battersea pubs and bars include lively Bunga Bunga with cocktails and karaoke, The Fox & Hounds for gastropub fare and The Latchmere with family friendly vibes.
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.
Battersea is a great location for families with a choice of state and private schools. Of the 40 Ofsted-rated schools in Battersea, some 20% are rated ‘Outstanding’. Popular primary schools include The Honeywell Junior School, The Belleville and Chesterton Primary, while The Harris Academy Battersea and Saint John Bosco are well regarded at secondary level. In the independent sector, Thomas’s School is family run and perhaps best known for being the choice of royalty: Princess Charlotte and Prince George currently attend here.
There's plenty of choices when it comes to buses and tubes trains – no matter where you need to be in London, getting from A to B is easy in Battersea and Wandsworth. Clapham Junction is the busiest train station in Europe, with trains every 13 seconds in peak time. It has services across London and to the south as far as Hastings on the coast. There has been great investment into the commuting infrastructure in recent years, including the first underground station in the area set to open in September 2021. Currently, Battersea Park station is four minutes from Victoria, while Clapham is seven minutes from Waterloo.