Battersea is very popular with young professionals due to its excellent transport links to the city and the West End. Clapham Junction is ironically based in Battersea. This, together with the vast array of restaurants and bars, ensures that the popular areas of Northcote Road, Battersea Rise and St John's Hill are always buzzing with people enjoying a drink or dinner. There is also the infamous Clapham Grand Nightclub for those who wish to continue a night out.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is perhaps Battersea's most famous landmark. It was established way back in 1860 for lost and sick dogs - it was the first of its kind here in the UK. It has since become a centre for both cats and dogs. It's not just Battersea Dogs & Cats Home that has helped to put Battersea and Wandsworth on the map. There is also the old coal-fired power station - once courted by Chelsea football club as a potential new stadium.
Clapham Common is known locally as 'nappy valley' with people moving to the area for the excellent primary schools and nurseries. A new Academy state secondary school has also recently opened following a locally led campaign.
The two commons, Clapham and Wandsworth, provide plenty of access to open green spaces with playgrounds, cafes, streams, ponds and 'work out' facilities for those wishing to keep fit. Many gyms also compete for membership in the area and the local Battersea Leisure Centre is popular with families with its wave machine and large swimming pool.
For a gentler pace of life, there is the much-loved Northcote Road Antiques Market. Arranged over two floors, it sells an array of quirky antiques from precious jewellery to large items of furniture. Also, every Saturday the famous Northcote Road Market is full of stalls selling food and clothes, many with tasting samples to tempt you. These can always be washed down with a recommended wine from the 'Philglas and Swiggot' wine shop.
For day to day shopping, Battersea is well serviced with supermarkets: Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose, as well as specialist organic shops, Whole Foods and Dandelion.
For those needing a fashion fix, there are options for all sizes of pockets from Debenhams and TK Max to LK Bennett and Whistles. There are also many independent shops on the smaller shopping streets of Webbs Road and Bellevue Road.
With its excellent properties, facilities and history, Battersea and Wandsworth are two superb London districts and a fantastic place to look for lettings if you're moving into the area.