Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Battersea, Greater London. Battersea Bridge. The wooden, piered structure of 1771 that stirred Whistler, Turner and de Wint was declared unsafe and demolished in 1885 and was replaced in 1890 in Victorian functional style. At the Chelsea end it debouches on to Cheyne Walk, still struggling to preserve something of its earlier exclusive attraction in the face of increasing heavy traffic. The first turning right on the south side is Battersea Church Road, which leads between featureless new blocks spaced in a sort of wilderness to the old Parish Church of St Mary, Battersea, rebuilt 1776, attractively sited on a tiny promontory overlooking the river, which contains several older monuments. Nearby in Vicarage Crescent stands Old Battersea House containing William De Morganís collection of pottery and paintings.
Battersea Park forms a green box on the south bank of the river in a grey area of light industry and terrace houses. It stretches between Chelsea and Battersea bridges and was laid out in 1852ó8, chiefly as a result of dumping earth excavated from the Royal Victoria Dock on what had been a swamp, on which the Duke of Wellington had fought a duel with the Earl of Winchelsea in 1829. It is today a very pleasing park. Its lawns are adorned with modern sculpture and its flower-beds are superb. There are a number of facilities for eating, including a furnished picnic area,.
On the south side of chealsea bridge is Battersea Power Station, in pink brick with four enormously high chimneys, often emitting plumes of especially treated, inoffensive smoke. At night it is an impressive sight and features in all the programmes of London tour operators.
Nearby towns: Chelsea, Chiswick, Clapham, Fulham, Islington, Kensington, Pimlico, Wimbledon
Nearby suburbs: Acton, Balham, Barnes, Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Bloomsbury, Brixton, Camberwell, Charing Cross, Covent Garden, Dulwich, Earls Court, East Dulwich, Elmers End, Finsbury, Forest Hill, Hammersmith, Harlesden, Herne Hill, Holborn, Hoxton, Maida Vale, Malden, Marylebone, Mayfair, Merton, Mitcham, Morden, New Malden, Norbury, North Acton, North Kensington, Norwood, Notting Hill, Paddington, Peckham, Putney, Raynes Park, Roehampton, Rotherhithe, Shepherds Bush, South Kensington, South Norwood, Southwark, Spitalfields, St. Johns Wood, St. Pancras, Streatham, Upper Norwood, Victoria, Walworth, Wandsworth, West Brompton, West Dulwich, West Kensington, West Norwood, Westminster, Willesden Green
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation