Why Battersea Power Station needs to be on your London travel checklist

Discover one of London’s most important landmarks, Battersea Power Station, a Grade II* listed former coal fired power station on the River Thames which has been transformed into an extraordinary destination for history buffs, shopping enthusiasts, foodies, architectural and events lovers.

You will have seen it on albums covers, in Hollywood blockbusters, TV shows and countless works of art – now is your chance to discover Battersea Power Station for yourself, home to an amazing mix of cultural, retail and leisure activities.

Easy to reach from Central London with its own Zone 1 Underground Station, only three stops away from London Waterloo and six stops from Leicester Square, discover more than 140 shops, restaurants, bars and unique leisure experiences located in and around the iconic Power Station. Click here for more information on how to get to Battersea Power Station.

No matter if the sun is shining or it’s a rainy day in London, you can guarantee a magical day at Battersea Power Station, whatever the weather. Read on to find out what we have to offer, and start planning a truly unforgettable experience…

Unmissable events, all year round

With our jam-packed, year-round calendar of events you’ll never be short of things to do at Battersea Power Station. Discover our summer of sports at The Battersea Games from 1st July – 8th September 2024. Return at Christmas for festive extravaganzas including a giant riverside ice-skating rink, and the mesmerising Light Festival taking over the neighbourhood every January/February. In between, you’ll find family-friendly activities, sustainable markets, exclusive pop-ups, and so much more!This summer kicks off with The Wimbledon Experience from 1st – 14th July 2024, where you can enjoy the world-famous tennis tournament on a big screen along the River Thames. Battersea Power Station will then become Official Team GB and ParalympicsGB Fanzones for the Paris 2024 Olympics so you can watch all the action and cheer on the athletes, alongside an exciting array of other activities and celebrations across the neighbourhood including Padel courts and outdoor games, plus delicious food and drink pop-ups. Stay tuned to for more information soon!

Squeeze some retail therapy into your stay

From high-street favourites like ZARA, Mango, ME+EM, Reformation and Uniqlo, to the very best skincare and beauty from SpaceNK and Boots Beauty, and high-end brands like Mulberry, Breitling and BOSS, there’s something for everyone at Battersea Power Station. Kids can build their own one-of-a-kind LEGO Minifigure at the LEGO ® store, or find a new pair of trainers at Office.

As well as major international brands, smaller independent stores such as Curated Makers offer unique products crafted by local artists, providing the perfect souvenir from your time in London, or pick up a new holiday read from independent bookstore, The Battersea Bookshop. If you’re looking for that extra special momento, explore the latest collections at Royal Selangor.

If you need a little pampering after a hard day’s shopping, why not treat yourself to a luxurious little something from Penhaligon’s, Le Labo or Chanel Beauty to freshen you up, or take it one step further with a hair and beauty appointment at Paul Edmonds, a spa treatment at art’otel, or a visit to our unique nail and brow bar, So.Shell.

We also have an amazing calendar of shopping events, from pop-up markets to unique in-store experiences. Check out the latest events on our What’s On page.

Find our full selection of stores here.

A foodies dream

Every good day out needs amazing food to match, and at Battersea Power Station, we have you covered. Whether you’re looking for gourmet grab-and-go options, artisan coffees and pastries, or a fine dining experience along the River Thames, we have more than 50 restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from that satisfy all palates and price points.

Explore more than 13 global cuisines at Arcade Food Hall, complete with two bars and three restaurants. Be transported to Bombay at Dishoom, with their signature dishes taken straight from an Irani café. Finish with a quintessential English experience – a pint of locally brewed beer at the Battersea Brewery. Discover all our restaurants and bars here.

Culture galore

Step back in time to the twentieth century and discover this iconic architectural landmark. Once supplying a fifth of London’s power, including the likes of Buckingham Palace and Houses of Parliament, visitors can now marvel at the building’s six-million brick facade, extraordinary 1930s and 1950s interiors, and four chimneys that soar into the sky and have made this landmark instantly recognisable to fans across the globe.

Book on to the official guided tour, which includes access to the fascinating Control Room A, or visit 1950s cocktail bar Control Room B and experience a 30 minute audio-guided tour of the switchgear and synchroscopes that were used to help distribute power around London day and night.

Get lost in the clouds at Lift 109

Experience London from a brand new perspective at Lift 109, the unique chimney lift experience in the Power Station’s north-west chimney, offering mesmerising 360-degree views of London.

The journey starts in Turbine Hall A, through a carefully curated ensemble of original records and evocative media displays, where you can delve into the building’s rich history and transformation. From here, take a thrilling ascent 109 metres to the top of the chimney, where you can see the Power Station from above and take in stunning views from as far as Wembley Arena to Canary Wharf. You won’t find a better photo spot in London!

A green escape from the city

There’s no better place to escape the hustle and bustle of Central London than in our six-acre Power Station Park, where you can sit back on a free deckchair and take in views of the River Thames. Plus we have a fantastic children’s playground where the little ones can let off some steam, with areas and equipment for all ages. We’re also a stone’s throw (with direct pedestrian access) from the iconic 200-acre Battersea Park on the banks of the River Thames.

Stay over night!

For the ultimate Battersea Power Station experience, check in to art’otel London Battersea Power Station. This 164-room hotel is sure to leave you feeling revived and inspired, from the rooftop infinity pool to the sunrise yoga sessions and art masterclasses. Plus don’t miss out on extraordinary meals at JOIA Battersea and TOZI Grand Café, or grab a coffee and a bite to go from the incredible deli, TOZI Counter. With so much to do here, you’ll wish you stayed for longer.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Battersea Power Station this summer!


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