After almost 40 years of inactivity and multiple failed redevelopment initiatives, the Battersea Power Station is back and better than ever!
A Brief History
Once a major power source for London, Battersea Power Station supplied a staggering 20% of the city's electricity, illuminating iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. After its closure in 1983, the station remained essentially unused for 39 years: however, on 14 October 2022, the Festival of Power celebration marked the station's reopening to the general public, having transformed into one of the most innovative and exciting destinations in the city.
Battersea's Bold New Era
Since its reopening, Battersea Power Station has transformed into a vibrant hub boasting a plethora of shops, entertainment venues, pop-up events, and amazing bars and restaurants. One of the highlights of the venue is Lift 109, where visitors can ascend 109 meters and delve into the station's rich history and its role as a cultural icon (fun fact: Pink Floyd chose its façade as the album cover for their 1977 album "Animals"!).
If you're craving a drink, make your way down to Control Room B, which has been repurposed into a cocktail bar. Retaining the control room's original instrument panels, this industrial-themed lounge offers one of London's most unique bar experiences.
Looking for a fun night out? Birdies is a hotspot in the area combining dining, drinking, and entertainment. Try out its unique cocktails while playing in a friendly match of "crazy golf" with your friends and family: its innovative and visually-dazzling course design is the perfect recipe for a good time.
This summer, brace yourself for a plethora of lively events and constant surprises the station has to offer. On 1 July, "The Battersea Games" kicked off in its picturesque riverside park: until 3 September, the Power Station Park will serve as a fan zone to watch some of the world's biggest sporting events like Wimbledon, the FIFA Women's World Cup, and the Tour de France.
But that's not all: as you explore the lively area, be on the lookout for new and exciting pop-up experiences. Race against your friends on the 100m track or challenge them to a game of ping pong. If you're feeling adventurous, immerse yourself in the Rocket Padel experience and try out one of the UK's fastest-growing sports. All of you Formula 1 fans are in for a treat: check out the Mercedes racing car on display outside IWC Schaffhausen's store until 9 July.
Keep your eyes peeled for new events and surprises, because Battersea Power Station is London's summer destination that you definitely don't want to miss!
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