But the neighbourhood’s experiencing a rejuvenation – and if you believe the hype of “ecologically aware” Hotel Rafayel – it could even be the new Left Bank. Ha. Due to open in December, it boasts 65 guestrooms, a spa created by Content Beauty/Wellbeing, some rather extravagant cupcakes on offer at Mychelle’s Baketique, and the waterfront Indo-Japanese restaurant, Banyan Riverside.
If that doesn’t take your fancy, Kingsland Road institution Mien Tay has recently opened its second branch in the vicinity, offering Batta–sians yummy Vietnamese at even yummier prices.
But really, if Battersea is known for one thing, it’s our magnificent, if decrepit Powerstation. Sure its outdoor space has been used for the odd ski show, but now it has an indoor area available for events, with a clear roof and views of the towering chimneys. Boris is clearly impressed – with a £5.5 billion commercial/residential plan on the table, and news that the American Embassy’s moving into the area, he’s even considering extending the Northern line.
Take that, haters – first the tube, then the world.
Hotel Rafayel – opening December 2009
Falcon Wharf Building, 34 Lombard Road, SW11 3RF
180 Lavender Hill, SW11 5TQ
Boiler House at Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station, SW8 5BW