London’s iconic Battersea Power Station building has officially opened to the public after a transformative eight-year restoration and is packed with exciting restaurants, bars and shops.
he Power Station, the earliest part of which was built in 1929, has been converted into a leisure complex with shops, restaurants and bars, and access to the control rooms for history and science buffs.
The world-famous building is on the south bank of the Thames, close to Vauxhall train station and the Nine Elms residential area, which has been heavily developed in recent years. The site closed entirely as a power plant in 1983.
The building with a new look Opened last Friday at 10am, with a free five-day “Festival of Power” taking place this weekend and next, October 22-23.
The new shop, Curated Works, will stock products from 40 small, local businesses, and boutiques from Aesop, Space NK, Jo Malone London, Uniqlo and Mango will open in the first phase, with more to come throughout 2023.
Meanwhile, restaurants like Le Bab, Where The Pancakes Are, Poke House, Clean Kitchen Club and Paris Baguette are opening this weekend; An arcade food hall will open in the building’s boiler house in 2023.
Another novelty of the area is a pedestrian street, Electric Boulevard, with other shops outside the building.
“Visitors can explore the power plant’s turbine halls, which have been carefully restored to their former glory,” says the team behind the revamp.
A hotel – Britain’s first art’otel-branded outpost, with a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Henrique Sa Pessoa – will follow “soon” in the coming months.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As a lifelong South Londoner, I am particularly pleased that the iconic Battersea Power Station is opening its doors for the first time in forty years as a new addition to London’s thriving shopping and entertainment landscape.
“This regeneration of a 20th-century London landmark has already helped generate new investment, important transport links and jobs for local people. Battersea Power Station will now breathe new life into this part of London – attracting more investment and boosting our economy as we build a better London for all.”
Simon Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “We are delighted to welcome the local community, Londoners and visitors from around the world to explore this listed landmark that many admire from afar have for years.
“Now, for the first time, anyone can step inside, interact with the magnificent architecture and experience all that the reborn Battersea power station has to offer.”
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