The hottest place in London right now isn’t a celebrity chef restaurant, a designer boutique or a blockbuster museum exhibit. It’s a 90-year-old power station that once supplied electricity to Buckingham Palace and a fifth of London. Now, after an 8-year renovation, the historic Battersea Power Station reopened in October 2022, and locals and visitors are flocking to enjoy its new incarnation as a lifestyle destination.
The South-West London complex is stunning to behold: splendid brick architecture, four towering chimneys, Art Deco-inspired interiors and a gorgeous location on the southern bank of the River Thames all lie just a 15-minute train ride away from Central London, with a Tube station bearing its name on the Northern line.
But there are dozens more reasons to visit. The new Battersea is also packed with many fun-filled to-dos from shopping to cityscape viewing. The highlight, though, has to be all the drinking and dining options – including a few celebrity-chef outlets.
Read on to discover our guide to 10 of the most exciting bars and restaurants at Battersea Power Station.
Worldwide street food with a modern twist
Imagine Bangkok’s Yaowarat or Singapore’s hawker centers right in the Big Smoke, and you’ll get Arcade Food Hall. It’s London’s hippest food court right now thanks to its mix of worldwide street food dishes with a modern dining experience. Keep tabs on the soon-to-be-open branch at Battersea, where you will be able to order from various open kitchens and bars right from your phone.
London’s most creative steamed buns
Find out why Londoners are so obsessed with the steamed buns from Bao by paying a visit to its sixth and soon-to-be-open branch, at Battersea Power Station. Bao’s buns are beloved for their pleasingly soft texture and many creative fillings such as beef short ribs, fried chicken and prawn croquettes. There are also several Taiwanese-inspired rice dishes here if you fancy something more filling.