For a great deal of my 20s, I lived in the area Battersea, London. It is great location – a stone’s throw from the Thames, lots of green spaces in Battersea Park, Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common with more restaurants and bars per person than any other London Borough. It is a suburb that is home to two main London types: yummy mummies and yuppies. They, in the main, live in a happy symbiotic relationship. One species frequents the public areas during the day, the other is much more nocturnal by nature!
I thoroughly enjoy returning to the area where a great deal of my family and friends still live. On my recent return, I took some shots that I have made into a limited edition collection that you can see below. We also have a large selection of Battersea street signs that can be printed on canvas or as poster prints in our Battersea gallery. I love the shots of the Thames and of Albert Bridge. Unfortunately, when visiting this autumn, the great Battersea Power Station was under cover of scaffolding as it undergoes its much needed facelift. Whilst I was heavily disappointed not to be able to photograph this behemoth of a building, I am so looking forward to seeing the space used to its full capacity, having been left dormant for as long as I can remember.
It is great to see changes in this area and continued improvement of some less than salubrious areas, but I also find a huge comfort when I return if a great deal has stayed the same (though I would welcome a transformation in its traffic jams). There are a number of things that I ensure I do whenever I am back. Me being me, these are of course all restaurants and bars.
Fox and Hounds. The location of my husband and my first date, and also my second love: the sausage ragu. It is worth a visit purely for this dish alone. But it is a great boozer full of locals.
Donna Margherita. An excellent Italian at incredibly reasonable prices.
Cuppacino. A coffee shop within Clapham Junction station (and Vauxhall and Earlsfield) with great fair trade coffee. Also has a wide variety of naughty bites on selection as well as hot Ribena in the Winter months.
The Draft House. Does a great burger and has a wonderfully manly selection of beers on offer.
The Banana Tree. I love the Pad Thai at this Asian noodle eatery. It’s brilliant value even if you take it out of its London location. You can’t book so arrive early if you don’t want to queue
The Party Shop. I know not a restaurant but this place is a London institution. During the riots it all but burnt down and it was devastating to see it in such forlorn condition. However, it is now back, bigger and better. Its reputation has grown so much that there is now a queue in the mornings at the weekend. A one stop shop for all your party and fancy dress needs.
I’d love to hear from any other Battersea lovers, but in the mean time, please enjoy my small selection of snaps from a place very close to my heart now for sale at my Etsy store.