WHERE TO EAT
Italian chef Francesco Mazzei was one of the first to open a restaurant at Circus West Village. Mazzei now oversees the site as chef patron alongside head chef Francesco Chiarelli. The restaurant offers unrivalled views of the river and has a large Mediterranean piazza-style terrace from which to enjoy them. Inspired by the traditional food of Mazzei’s homeland, the restaurant serves hearty recipes made with fresh, vibrant ingredients from the Med. Expect the likes of wild boar ragu pappardelle; Scottish crab and Amalfi lemon linguini; and aubergine parmigiana.
A lively neighbourhood restaurant with an open-style kitchen and marble counter where guests can watch the chefs at work. The seafood experts have two other restaurants in South Kensington and Borough Market, and this newer location offers the same fresh seafood from the team’s very own wholesale business in Billingsgate Market. On the menu, expect to find oysters from around the British Isles, France and beyond, seafood platters and seasonal fish.
Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea
Vivek Singh – the man behind acclaimed modern Indian The Cinnamon Club – opened here in 2018. His sleek, urban-inspired restaurant within a railway arch is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails and light bites. The kitchen serves seasonal dishes with Vivek’s trademark modern Indian flavours: highlights include laal mass, a fiery Rajasthani lamb curry; chargrilled seabass in a banana leaf parcel; and vegan bitter melon with buckwheat and amaranth seeds. There’s also an imaginative cocktail list.
Tapas Brindisa Battersea is the culmination of 30 years of experience as purveyors of Spanish food and culture. Here, the team has gone right back to its roots, and the menu is inspired by the best ingredients from across Spain and its islands. Seasonal tapas and bar snacks sit alongside a line-up of artisanal plates from a devoted cured food counter offering meats, cheeses, and fish. Enjoy a relaxed brunch at the terrazza-style bar area overlooking the river, grab a seat at the bar or gather for an intimate supper with friends in the dining room. The monte enebro (fried goat’s cheese with honey) is not to be missed.
Tonkotsu is named after the lip-smacking, creamy ramen typical of Kyushu, Japan’s southern-most island. Hearty bowls of ramen are at the centre of the restaurant's menu, made with 18-hour slow cooked broths and homemade noodles. The menu also includes perfectly crisp fried chicken marinated in soy, ginger, garlic and mirin, glorious gyoza made fresh in-house every day, and a super selection of Japanese whiskies and sake. It’s up there with London’s best ramen.
WHERE TO DRINK
Vagabond Wines has its winery at Battersea Power Station, where guests can choose from over 100 wines by the glass. Using grapes from its vineyards just two hours outside of London, the team use low intervention methods to age its wine on site in barrels next to the bar, including reds, whites, rosés and English sparkling wines. Diners can order small plates like baked camembert, arancini balls and Spanish croquettes alongside sharing steak platters. There’s a decent selection of non-alcoholic drinks, too.
No. 29 Power Station West
Belonging to the independent group Darwin & Wallace (the people behind No. 11 Pimlico Road, No. 1 Duke Street, No. 32 The Old Town and No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station) No. 29 Power Station West offers a relaxed, all-day dining experience from morning coffee to night cap and everything in between. The carefully curated menu of locally sourced food and drink is served within a beautiful interior that draws inspiration from local and global settings.
The team behind Mosaic Pubs opened its first micro-brewery at Battersea Power Station back in 2019. Battersea Brewery sits on Arches Lane, the same stretch as Cinnamon Kitchen, Tonkotsu and Boom Cycle. The bar offers an array of craft beers, including the brewery's own German-style lager Aura. Dishes include British cheese and charcuterie from Cannon & Cannon as well as homemade toasties.
WHERE TO SHOP
The Battersea General Store
The Battersea General Store is a local but global store. Its range of produce spans everything from Spanish potato chips and Japanese whisky to mac ’n’ cheese from America and crispbread from Norway, as well as artisan breads, meats and pastries. Alongside international brands, the team supports local artisan suppliers of beer, wine, cheese and more.
Established in 1876, Moyses Stevens is one of the country's oldest and most prestigious florists. An enduring brand with a royal warrant, Moyses Stevens supplies beautiful bouquets and floral arrangements for individual customers and private events. The team also offers a range of floral masterclasses at its Flower School for both budding amateur and fully blossomed florists. Choose from day classes, week-long workshops or private classes. We like the sound of the autumn masterclass to start the new season.
WHAT TO DO
Cinema In the Arches
For a luxury cinematic experience, Cinema In the Arches has three screens with state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos surround-sound and laser projection. With plush seating, you can sit back and relax during the film while enjoying premium cinema snacks and drinks – think champagne or a glass of red with homemade popcorn and sweets. There’s also a film club for exclusive screenings and events, and it’s set to introduce a members club in the Power Station later this year.
The Turbine Theatre
Founded by artistic director Paul Taylor-Mills, the Turbine champions up-and-coming talent across the board, from producers to playwrights. With a particular focus on LGBQT+ stories, there are new shows every season, including My Son’s a Queer which is transferring from the West End in October. We’re looking forward to Wreckage in January which tells the story of Sam and his fiancé Noel who have been together for years. They have a house, a cat and their whole lives ahead of them. But when a sudden and permanent distance crashes into their relationship, it falls upon Sam to discover where their story goes from here.
Crazy golf bar Birdies has two outposts in London: Battersea and Angel. Groups can tackle each course spread over different neon rooms to score a hole in one. Ideal for a fun date night, guests can enjoy cocktails at the bar before tucking into small plates and burgers from the kitchen. Don’t forget to order dessert after the game with enjoy ice-cream sundaes and apple pie with whipped cream.
Renowned for its high-energy, music-focused fitness experience, Boom Cycle has its flagship studio at Battersea Power Station. The studio provides Boom Cycle's signature 45-minute classes plus express 30-minute sessions over the lunch period, with all daily rides led by its expert motivators. The venue features rides across two rooms, each kitted out with state-of-the-art Funktion-One sound systems and the top-of-the-range Schwinn bikes plus a new concept lifestyle hub, where riders can socialise, work or relax post class. Caffeine hits are on hand courtesy of London Grind Coffee, while a dedicated shake bar provides Neat Nutrition shakes.
The award-winning official hair partner of the Baftas, Paul Edmonds is a luxury hair and beauty salon. This particular site was the UK’s first Shu Uemura hair and beauty emporium, where clients can choose from a menu of hair and beauty services such as cut and finish, blow dry, colour (full head, highlights, balayage), hair treatments, up dos and extensions (tape, bonds, weave). Beauty treatments such as manicures, pedicures, facials, lash and brow treatments and waxing are also on offer.
Battersea Power Station will unveil the next part of its development soon. Electric Boulevard will be a pedestrianised high street running from the south of the Power Station to Battersea Roof Gardens and the new Battersea Power Station Zone 1 Underground station, set to open on the same day. Alongside smaller names, confirmed global brands include Zara, M&S Foodhall and Third Space, which will open its newest studio in 2023.
You’ll also find over 100 new shops, bars and restaurants in and around the Power Station’s two newly restored Turbine Halls: Turbine Hall A reflects the lavish art-deco glamour of the 1930s when the Power Station was built, while Turbine Hall B will have more of an industrial look and feel. Expect to find brands like Ralph Lauren, Aesop, Space NK, Ace + Tate, lululemon, Mulberry, Jo Malone London, Uniqlo, Mango and a new neighbourhood bookstore, Battersea Bookshop. More brands will be announced closer to the opening.
Elsewhere, the Boiler House will be home to a new Arcade Food Hall from JKS Restaurants in 2023, as well as some SL favourites set to open next month like Le Bab, Where The Pancakes Are and Clean Kitchen Club. The Power Station’s two Control Rooms have also been turned into an events space (Control Room A) and a seriously cool all-day bar (Control Room B) where guests can see the original dials and controls while enjoying experimental cocktails. If that wasn’t enough, The Cinema in the Arches will welcome its sister venue The Cinema at the Power Station.
Fancy staying at the Power Station? Spanish designer Jaime Hayon is behind London’s first art’otel which will open in November at Battersea Roof Gardens. The 164-bedroom hotel will feature a restaurant and bar, rooftop swimming pool, gym, spa, and destination gallery. If you can’t wait until then, register for tickets for the new Lift 109. Opening later this year, Lift 109 combines an immersive exhibition space in the art-deco Turbine Hall with a glass elevator that takes you to the top of the building’s north-west chimney – 109m above ground. From there, you’ll get panoramic views of the city.