A New Neighbourhood On The Thames

In an exclusive interview with Battersea Power Station, Annabel finds out about all the amazing new bars, restaurants, amenities and transport links that have appeared – and what’s coming next

Q: It’s been a very busy and exciting year for you, I hear. What’s been going on?

Well to begin with, we’ve got more than 1,000 new residents living in Circus West, along the western side of my site. Since last summer the bars, restaurants and shops of Circus West Village have also been opening at a rapid rate: it’s now a lovely place to visit for a drink, to eat out, have a workout or do the weekly shop. Here’s what you’ll find so far:

Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers started out as seafood wholesalers specialising in oysters. Nowadays they also run a small chain of London restaurants, all of which benefit hugely from the owners’ contacts in the seafood industry.

Fiume
Fresh from his triumphs at Mayfair’s Sartoria, Francesco Mazzei brings his new restaurant Fiume (‘River’) to the riverside at Circus West, serving the Calabrian delicacies that he has made famous.

Mother
From Copenhagen’s cool meatpacking district, Kødbyen, Mother is an Italian pizza restaurant without all the nonsense.

No. 29 Power Station West
The Circus West Village pub, No. 29 Power Station West offers a relaxed, all-day food and drinks experience from morning coffee to night cap and everything in between.

Vagabond
Vagabond offers over 100 wines by the glass, a range of delicious craft beers and a seasonal menu of tasty treats to accompany them. There is also a working winery on site!

The CoffeeWorks Project
The CoffeeWorks Project is an independent family run business with a simple aim: to showcase the best quality coffee, tea and food in a friendly and relaxed environment.

While you’re at Circus West Village you could also pick up anything from a rare Japanese whisky to a pint of milk at The Battersea General Store, drop in for a spin
session at Boom Cycle, or visit the Design Store for a Power Station memento.

Q: I’ve seen that there are new ways to get to and from your site, can you tell us more?

I now have a River Bus pier, with services every 20 minutes at busy times and every 30 minutes otherwise. There’s also a new pedestrian and road route from Nine Elms Lane. You can walk to Circus West Village from the new U.S. Embassy in just 15 minutes.

Q: What’s next?
When my main building opens in 2020, there will be two huge new shopping malls, a street food market, a lift to the top of a chimney and a new riverside park. There’ll also be my new Zone 1 Underground station. Not to mention the new London campus of Apple. There’s always something new happening at Battersea Power Station!