Trains to Battersea Power Station

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A true London landmark, Battersea Power Station has towered above the Thames for almost a century. After decades generating electricity for the capital, this mammoth structure soon fell into disrepair. Yet thankfully, with the arrival of regeneration in this corner of the city, Battersea Power Station has been gifted a new lease of life.

The station and its surrounding area are home to thousands of new residents, bringing with them lots of interesting places to explore, eat, and hangout. The wider redevelopment zone is scattered with the works of world famous architects, and the area is fast becoming one of the most exciting spots in London. Ready to see the changes for yourself? Read on for all the essential info when planning a trip to Battersea Power Station.

Where is Battersea Power Station?

Battersea Power Station is in the Nine Elms area, directly on the south bank of the Thames. The address is: Circus Road West, Nine Elms, London, SW8 5BN.

How do I get to Battersea Power Station?

Travelling into London by train

The closest train stations to Battersea Power Station are Queenstown Road (Battersea) and Vauxhall. The former is 11 minutes’ walk away, while that latter is a touch further at 21 minutes – but the route does include a stretch of the scenic Thames Riverside Walk. Popular services run from Weybridge, Virginia Water, Wokingham and Bracknell.

Explore our variety of ticket types and find the right train ticket for your trip. You can choose from plenty of flexible options, especially if you’re looking to save money and get cheap train tickets. And don’t forget you’ll enjoy an additional discount if you’re eligible for a Railcard or are making the journey as a group, through GroupSave.

Travelling within London

The Battersea area is easy to reach from across the capital when travelling by train. Both Vauxhall station and Queenstown Road (Battersea) station are a short stroll from the power station, with services running direct to these from major hubs like Clapham Junction and London Waterloo, as well as some outer of the areas of the city such as Richmond. The journey from London Waterloo to Queenstown Road (Battersea) takes as little as seven minutes.

You can also make the journey to Battersea Power Station using the London Underground, via the recently completed Northern Line Extension. The Battersea Power Station stop is less than 200 metres from the building itself and provides access from across the city, including directly from London Waterloo.

To travel within the capital, you can use a London Travelcard, as well as Oyster card or contactless.

Things to do at Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station

With its four towering chimneys and imposing position over the River Thames, Battersea Power Station has become London’s unlikely landmark. Built in two phases between 1929 and 1955, this industrial building was a working coal-fired power station until 1983 – by which time it had already been given Grade II listed status. Yet despite this recognition, nobody really knew what to do with the structure. Ideas including a theme park, biomass plant, urban garden or football stadium came and went, but by the 2010s, Battersea had practically fallen into ruin.

Thankfully, all was not lost. A multi-billion pound redevelopment scheme including the station and its surrounding area begun in 2013. Almost ten years after the project kicked off, the reborn Battersea Power Station is finally taking shape. It’s been a mammoth task to get here, from replacing the iconic chimney stacks to extending an Underground line, but the power station now sits as the centrepiece for one of London’s most interesting neighbourhoods.

Battersea Power Station has already welcomed its first new residents, with tons of leisure and entertainment venues along Electric Boulevard and in the Turbine Halls following them in September 2022.

Circus West Village

As the first part of the project to be completed, the glossy Circus West Village has had some time to establish itself. Directly beside the power station, you’ll find more than 20 independent bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues to explore here, with plenty more set to join very soon.

Shopping at Battersea Power Station

Throughout 2022, the two Turbine Halls at Battersea Power Station are set to become the capital’s coolest new retail destination. At the heart of a bustling and growing neighbourhood, the development has managed to attract UK and international names from the worlds of fashion, beauty, technology, health and more.

Among major players already announced are Aesop, Jo Malone London, Kiehl’s, BOSS, Zara, The Kooples, Space NK and Reiss. Expect more luxury brands to be unveiled very soon!

Entertainment and events

Alongside food hunting and retail therapy, Battersea Power Station activities provide plenty of ways to keep you busy. Among your options are:

  • The Cinema in the Arches – a state-of-the-art, premium three screen cinema showing the latest releases alongside National Theatre Live tapings
  • The Turbine Theatre – an intimate theatre space set beneath the railway arches, with an exciting schedule of plays, presentations, and performances
  • Birdies Crazy Golf – a colourful crazy golf experience with a quirky nine-hole course and cocktail bar
  • DNA VR – an interactive virtual reality experience with more than 50 games available, alongside escape rooms and free-roaming zones

There are also several events that take place at Battersea throughout the year, including:

  • Light Festival – a series of spectacular light installations from celebrated international artists, usually on display in January and February
  • Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty – classic cinema screenings in the open-air, down on the River Thames during August and September
  • Winter Village – a December celebration of all things festive, with craft markets, fairground rides, pop-up food huts and the chance to snoop around Santa’s workshop

Battersea Power Station Chimney Lift

Anybody who has visited Battersea will remember gazing up at those iconic chimney stacks. But from 2022 onwards, you can get a whole new perspective when you peer down over the capital from the top of the north west chimney! A lift is set to transport visitors all 109 metres to the top, treating them to panoramic, 360° views of the growing London skyline. It’ll easily be among the most exciting viewing platforms in the capital.

Stay active

If you’re something of a fitness fanatic, there’s plenty of ways to get your pulse racing at Battersea Power Station. Boom Cycle’s flagship studio can be found at Circus West Village, offering high-intensity, music-focused exercise class experiences while making use of state-of-the-art equipment. There is also Be Military Fit’s Urban training system, with cutting—edge outdoor classes hosted in the shadow of the station itself.

Private events spaces

Got a big event to host? Then Battersea Power Station could be your dream venue. There are several dedicated events spaces across the site, including those suited to the most intimate or largest scale occasions. Options range from the 18-person capacity Cinnamon Kitchen right through to No.29 Power Station West, which holds up to 550.

Things to do near Battersea Power Station

Given its Central London location, there’s lots to see and do just a short distance from Battersea. Families will love a day out at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, where little ones will spot donkeys, otters, monkeys, and wallabies. The iconic London Eye is a short walk up the river and a crowd-pleaser for all ages, while an afternoon of cricket at The Oval is one for the adults.

Food and drinks

Home to a great selection of independents, Battersea Power Station’s food offering is set to go from strength to strength. While there’s tons of openings to keep an eye out for, you’ll find something for everyone among the 20 eateries that have already arrived, including child and dog-friendly options.

For the foodies, Black Sheep Coffee and Kova Patisserie should see you start your day right. If you’re here for lunch, you’ll love the Japanese food and cocktails at Tonkotsu, while Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza, Tapas Brindisa and Fiume are popular evening options. And that’s before we mention the tipples at Battersea Brewery and Vagabond Wines.

Looking to let your hair down with friends? Control Room B is set to be among London’s most unique all-day bar experiences, occupying one of the power station’s two original control rooms. Expect industrial 50s styling and quirky touches throughout.

Places to stay near Battersea Power Station

If you need somewhere to rest your head when you visit Battersea, you’re in luck. Within a short distance of the power station, you’ll find options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Those looking to save their spends for Battersea Power Station restaurants and activities may wish to opt for Travelodge London Battersea or Travelodge London Vauxhall. If you’re looking for a touch of luxury, top-rated options include London Marriott Hotel County Hall and The Cadogan. Meanwhile, Pesanta Chelsea Bridge sits comfortably between budget and luxury, as does Best Western Plus Vauxhall where you could get 10% off your stay through SWR Rewards.

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