Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station: What To Expect at the Revamped Venue

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A guide to the new eating, drinking and shopping emporium

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After remaining closed for almost 40 years, Battersea Power Station is back. The revamp has been eight years in the making, and stands as the UK’s most expensive redevelopment project ever, coming in at a whopping £9 billion. So what can we expect from the shiny new venue?

First up: a bit of background. The six-acre, red-brick venue served as a working power station from the 1930s through to the 1980s – at its peak, producing a fifth of London’s power, and supplying electricity to main city landmarks including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. In 1983 it was decommissioned, and over the next three decades there were various aborted plans for the venue. At one point it was going to be transformed into a theme park, at another a home for the Cirque du Soleil, and in 2012 Chelsea FC put in a bid to transform it into a 60,000-seat stadium. This was rejected, and later that year a Malaysian consortium bought the site.

Battersea Power Station, historic image

Ian Lidell

Since then, a project to transform the venue into an urban village has been underway. Phase one of the development, Circus West Village, opened in 2017, featuring a collection of flats, shops and restaurants. Last year saw the opening of a new tube station for the neighbourhood. And last month, the power station opened to the public, offering an array of shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. There’s still plenty more to come, with the final development not expected to be built until 2030 – but here’s a snapshot into what’s currently available to explore, and the features coming soon.

LIFT 109 at Battersea Power Station

LIFT 109

Visitors will have the chance to see London from a new vantage point in the power station’s new glass lift experience, which involves shooting up into the sky through one of the venue’s chimneys. You’ll be whizzed up 109 metres to the top, where panoramic city vistas await – and while it’s not as high as some of the capital’s other skyscrapers, it’s an entirely unique view. You’ll get a bit of a history lesson too, as the experience will begin with an interactive exhibition complete with artefacts and immersive displays about the building. Opens 15 November, lift109.co.uk

Restaurants

Foodies will be spoilt for choice at Battersea Power Station, with a plethora of restaurants spread throughout the building. Names currently confirmed include Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Middle Eastern favourite Le Bab, Where The Pancakes Are, and Malaysian hotspot Roti King. They’ll join the array of eateries already open in Circus West Village, like Fiume and Wright Brothers. Excitingly, next year the venue will also welcome a 24,000 square foot Arcade Food Hall, set to house some of the biggest names on the street food scene.

Bars

For drinks, head to Control Room B, a jazzy cocktail bar which opens onto Turbine Hall B. Set amid the venue’s original control desks and switch dials, the all-day venue will serve up champagne, coffees and snacks by day. Come evening time, it’s all about the cocktails, which have been crafted by the team behind Cahoots and Mr Fogg’s. 

Battersea Power Station, Turbine Hall B

Backdrop Productions

Entertainment

Battersea Power Station will also offer a range of activities for guests, from a boutique cinema to a theatre. An ice rink has just opened there, wedged between the power station and the river. Titled Glide, it’s being put together by the company who created the Natural History Museum ice rink (sadly now defunct), and sees three rinks surrounding a 30-foot Christmas tree. 

An ice rink at Battersea Power Station

Shops

The retail space here will be massive, housing a wide range of clothing, jewellery and beauty brands. Luxury names like Cartier and Rolex will sit alongside high street shops such as Mango and Zara, plus athleisure retailers including Lululemon and Sweaty Betty.

A hotel

Set to open soon at Battersea Power Station is the first London outpost from the art’otel brand – a collection of art-inspired hotels with unique architectural styles. This one is being designed by Spanish artist and interior designer Jaime Hayon, and will feature 164 bedrooms, a skyline restaurant and bar, and a rooftop pool with an infinity bar. artotellondonbattersea.com

Main image: John Sturrock