Battersea area guide

Discover Battersea’s great restaurants, bars and pubs and find plenty of things to do in SW11

Battersea

Few places bustle like Battersea these days, with top-notch food, bars and boozers bringing 'em down south from far and wide. The Battersea Arts Centre continues to showcase some of the best in the business, and the zoo and the park are great for kids (and those cheeky kids who refuse to grow up). The Pump House Gallery is as good as ever, plus it's excellent boot sale and then there's the heliport, with choppers whisking you up to the skies for some awe-inspiring views across our fair city. While, by night, there's a plethora of respected restaurants to pay a visit to, as well as some ace hotels if you're staying overnight.

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Battersea Park Children's Zoo

Battersea Park Children's Zoo

A small, charming zoo run by a family  

Battersea Arts Centre
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Battersea Arts Centre

It's synonymous with experimental theatre

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Restaurants in Battersea

Bababoom
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Bababoom

A high-rolling kebab joint in Battersea? You better believe it! BabaBoom is like a pomegranate-coloured jewel glittering among the neighbourhood chains, a class act serving the real thing from a bespoke charcoal grill that comes complete with sections for ‘slow burning’ and ‘intense heat’. Ingredients are lovingly prepped, there are just four different fillings, portions are generous, and staff are a fun-loving bunch.  

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4 out of 5 stars
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Dip & Flip
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Dip & Flip

‘French dips’ are the thing here, although there’s nothing Gallic about this US diner concept – hot meat sandwiches doused in gravy with more of the juicy stuff in a jug for dipping. They’re fine enough, although we prefer the ‘flip’ side of things – especially their charred-on-the-outside bacon cheeseburger snuggled into a rich brioche bun. We also like D&F’s upbeat soundtrack and its fun-loving vibe.  

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4 out of 5 stars
Hatched
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Hatched

Venue says: “Between Clapham Junction and Wandsworth Town, we strive to deliver exciting dishes, from around the world in a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.”

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5 out of 5 stars
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Mien Tay
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Mien Tay

The younger sibling of Mien Tay on Kingsland Road, this family-run Vietnamese outfit brightens up Lavender Hill with its clear-flavoured regional cooking. Seafood is the top shout (anything from prawns wrapped around sugar cane to stewed Mekong-style catfish), but don’t miss the spicy, garlicky chargrilled quail or the stir-fried goat suffused with galangal. They also do a ‘mien’ pho topped with rare beef.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Hotels in Battersea

Rafayel Hotel & Spa

Rafayel Hotel & Spa

On the riverfront, this eco-friendly 5-star boutique hotel has a spa, 2 restaurants and a bar with river views. Hotel Rafayel’s luxurious designer rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious private bathrooms and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. 

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Crowne Plaza London Battersea

Crowne Plaza London Battersea

The Crowne Plaza London Battersea is a 4-star hotel on the South Bank of the River Thames with panoramic river views and a vitality spa and hydro pool. The adults only Spa provides a range of indulgent massages, body wraps and beauty treatments in its thermal rooms. 

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3 out of 5 stars
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Bars and pubs near Battersea

Four Thieves
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Four Thieves

The downside to this trendy Battersea boozer? It’s impossible to describe to your mates without it sounding like some kind of wanky hipster hangout. They’ve got their own micro-brewery. They distill their own gin. They keep an escape game in the basement. There’s even a retro gaming room upstairs that lets you project ‘Street Fighter 2’ across an entire wall. ‘Jesus Christ!’ your pals will probably exclaim: ‘What’s it called? “The Artisanal Sourdough?”’ It is, however, a brilliantly down-to-earth place to spend a night. It’s a beautifully refurbed Victorian palace that’s full of wall-mounted taxidermy, scuffed wooden floors and pretty vintage tiling. Aside from their own-distilled gin, the 45 gins they offer – alongside a range of more exotic tonics than a Chinese medicine shop – means there’s plenty for spirit hounds to explore. And the games room? We defy you to find a more fun night out in Balham. It’s packed with ping-pong, table football, old arcade games and a totally nutso racing game. Booze and racing? Jeremy Clarkson would approve. Don’t let that put you off, though.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Cartel
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Cartel

Mezcal and tacos are achingly, unavoidably ‘in’ at the moment, so it was a surprise that Cartel – a Battersea joint specialising in both – was near empty on my Thursday night visit. That might be because the box of a room (dominated by a spacious bar area) is clearly designed for buzzy weekend boozing. But it was more likely down to the dreamy alt-country music being blasted out at high volume, courtesy of a guitar-twiddling chap on the floor. A shame really, as it’s a pretty nifty place: bare-brick walled, with faux Mexican ephemera dotted about, and party-ready. This is primarily a place for knocking back cocktails (or straight spirits – there’s a hidden mezcal tasting room that staff can grant permission to), and the drinks are good. Pasión del Mezcalero was warming, citrussy and heady with alcohol while a Tommy’s Margarita (with agave in place of triple sec) was a zesty foil to the food, the highlights of which were moreish chorizo-stuffed quesadillas and brilliant mango-topped and pulled-pork-piled corn tacos. Excellent booze food, basically. Modish it might be, but Cartel mostly hits its target.

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3 out of 5 stars
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Draft House
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Draft House

This Northcote Road branch is one of eight Draft Houses in London now - a sign, perhaps, that they must be doing something right. The focus is on carefully sourced and served beer but food plays an important role too, with a US influence coming through on the burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork buns and Americanised salads.  It's the beer, though, that pulls in most punters - and the fact that they are available by the one-third pint does wonders for a little exploration. They obviously take their brews pretty seriously, with a regularly changing selection ranging from local brews like Camden Hells and Redchurch IPA to Stiegl Goldbräu, Pilsner Urquell and St. Stefanus Belgian Ale - all on tap. They brew their own beer too, naturally.   

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The Lighthouse
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The Lighthouse

A family-friendly pub with toys and board games, cask and craft ales, a beer garden and a roaring fire for the winter months.

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5 out of 5 stars
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The perfect weekend in Battersea

See: Battersea Park
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See: Battersea Park

Take a stroll around Battersea's sprawling park

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Swing: Go Ape Battersea
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Swing: Go Ape Battersea

Venue says: “A nighttime adventure awaits! Under the cover of the moon and stars, you'll take on our highest crossings and zip for up to one hour!”

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4 out of 5 stars
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Eat: Nutbourne
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Eat: Nutbourne

A best-of-Blighty all-day brasserie

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Drink: Four Thieves
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Drink: Four Thieves

Micro-brewery + gin distillery + escape games

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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