Battersea, lies on the south bank of the Thames, its tall tower blocks and sprawling council estates nudge up against quaint village-like shops, coffee houses and some good pubs and restaurants.
It is probably best known for the dogs’ home that was established over 140 years ago, though it didn’t actually move to Battersea until 1871. Generally, Britons are known as a nation of animal lovers so this place is always a popular attraction.
Battersea started to become settled after the Great Fire of London forced people south of the river. By the mid 19th century it was a big enough community to warrant the building of Battersea Park, which dominates the south bank of the Thames and offers some lovely views of Cheyne Walk and Chelsea.
The dilapidated power station at Battersea is an iconic London landmark, and plans to revive this decrepit building are well under way.
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