Battersea Power Station

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For over 50 years, Battersea Power Station was a major supplier of electricity to London, with some recognisable buildings like the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace getting their electricity from it. However, in 1983, it was decommissioned and closed. Despite it being bought by Battersea Leisure and then Parkview, nothing was done with the building, and it continued to stay empty until 2012!

Once it was bought by the current owners, work began to develop the huge Grade II listed site to be a new hub of homes, shops, restaurants and cafes as well as cultural space and venue. Now it is a popular place for businesses, a thriving community space and has plenty of activities including two cinemas, a theatre and the incredible Chimney Lift. 

There is so much to see and do in this iconic piece of London architecture, it can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and come up with the very best bits for you to see and do. 

Battersea-Power-Station. Image credit: Nick Fewings

The Battersea Power Station is a 30-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride away from The Belgrave Hotel and it’s really easy to find no matter how you get there. 

Walk: From the hotel, turn left onto Belgrave Road, then left again on Gloucester Road. Take this road to the corner of Lupus Street, turn right and continue down until you reach Grosvenor Road. Cross Chelsea Bridge and once you have crossed the bridge you’ll be able to see signs to the Battersea Power Station complex. 

Bus: From the hotel, head right to Lupus Street and find Pimlico Academy & Library (Stop D), catch the 360 bus to Chelsea Bridge. Walk across the bridge and follow the signs to Battersea Power Station.

The view from the Chimney Lift – Lift 109. Image credit: Battersea Power Station

Chimney Lift  – Lift 109

There is nothing better than heading into a city and being able to find a great viewing point to see the whole skyline. Lift 109 is the latest in city skyline viewing and is an experience not to be missed. You’ll head into a lift that is inside one of the old chimneys, and head up 109 metres to see 360’ views of London from one of the most impressive buildings. 

Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment as the time slots do fill up quickly, especially at the weekend and during the holidays. As well as tickets to the lift, you’ll get access to the interactive multimedia exhibition and there’s a gift shop where you can buy a commemorative brick to remember the day by. 

During your visit, you’ll learn the history of the towers, the story behind Pink Floyd’s flying pig stunt and the transformation from disused power station to the bustling cultural space it is now. It’s a fascinating look at a piece of London history and how it has changed over the years.

Power of Place Exhibition. Image credit: Battersea Power Station

Exhibitions and Guided Tours 

There are plenty of things to take part in throughout the site of Battersea Power Station, there are guided tours of the power station by official tour guides so you get the full history of the iconic landmark. 

During the tour, you’ll get access to the stunning Art Deco masterpiece, Control Room A which is one of the control rooms of the power station. It has been lovingly restored and is a fascinating look at how the power station was operated. 

The tour is 75 minutes long, and there is walking and standing during it. The tour will take place both inside and outside and is open to all people over the age of 16; children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. You will need to book tickets, but they are only released 6 weeks in advance, so please plan carefully. 

Other exhibitions include things like book signings and author events at Battersea Bookshop, an immersive art installation by Claire Luxton called ‘Field of Dreams’ which is on until the 16th of June 2024, the Turbine Theatre is currently showing ‘Closer to Heaven’ written by Jonathan Harvey & The Pet Shop Boys and a book release ‘Battersea Power Station: Rebirth of an Icon’ which is on until the 3rd July 2024. There are also plenty of events that are on all year round, such as karaoke, the children’s table at TOZI Grand Cafe, Vagabond’s Urban Winery & Tastings and the Apple Battersea Art Tour.

There is much more to do, you could easily spend a whole day here taking in the many different events and exhibitions before you even got to the shops and cafes.

Sunrise yoga. Image credit: Battersea Power Station

Enjoy relaxing sunrise yoga

A perfect event for summer, this is going to wake up your mind, body and soul with a gentle flow yoga class. This class is on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the 28th June and you’ll have an impressive views across the city and the bustling pedestrians below.

Book this class to give your body the summer invigoration it needs. You’ll also get to enjoy Jamie Hayon’s signature art and grab a complimentary hot drink or juice and a pastry at the TOZI Counter, the perfect reward after the class. 

Each class is £40 and is run by a local yoga teacher, Jinis. We think it’ll be the perfect way to get you ready for a long weekend exploring the local area or as the ideal end to an exhausting work week. The sessions do get fully booked up, so make sure you book in advance to secure your spot in one of the best yoga classes in an amazing setting.

Shops and Restaurants

Whether you want high-end fashion, high-street shops or something in between, then the shopping centre at Battersea Power Station is going to be an ideal way to while away a few hours. There are some well-known high-street names such as Adidas, Apple, Mango and Superdry. It also has some wonderful boutique shops like Roarsome, which is a children’s clothing shop that celebrates different styles and designs. 

When you’re all shopped out and the children have cleared the Lego store out, then head over to grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants. Whether you need family-friendly and familiar or you want to try something a bit more romantic or quirky, then Battersea Power Station will have exactly what you need. There are over 50 different places to go, including cafes, coffee shops, gourmet restaurants, dessert places and street food stalls. There’ll be something for everyone to enjoy and there’s plenty of places to sit and enjoy the British summer. The restaurants are inside the Power Station, on the riverside and along Electric Boulevard so you can enjoy the view while you’re eating. 

Book your stay at The Belgrave

Enjoy all there is to see and do at Battersea Power Station, take in some of the local history before having a look at the shops and topping it off with a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants. There are always great events and fun for all the family. The summer months are a perfect time to enjoy this upgraded iconic London attraction. Book your stay at The Belgrave Hotel and be just 30 minutes away from your next day out.

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