Battersea Power Station has been one of those easily recognisable landmarks of London throughout the ages.
Having laid dormant since 1983, a major project has been under way to redevelop the historical site under the watchful eye of its new Malaysian owners. Despite work continuing on the power station itself (Apple are moving their London HQ into there, apparently) a new entertainment district called Circus West Village is slowly coming to life.
Circus West Village is the first chapter in Battersea Power Station’s unfolding story and as a beady eyed local, I noticed a few openings in the village through the wonders of social media. You can find the entrance on the south side of Chelsea Bridge, opposite the entrance to Battersea Park. Follow the path along the river and there you will find a brightly coloured tunnel with a canopy of fairy lights.
WHAT’S IT LIKE INSIDE?
No 29 is as hip as they come. All design aspects have been carefully considered and inspired by the power station itself. There’s a pleasing mix between industrial heritage and 1920’s glamour. Thick marble surfaces are offset against snug blue velvet armchairs while a bespoke mirrored Crittall shopfront divides the main restaurant floor. Everything you would expect from the Darwin & Wallace Group who also count No 32 The Old Town, Clapham and No 11 Pimlico Road in their ”local bars” family.
We arrived at midday for brunch and swiftly ordered two glasses of Prosecco at our window seat table. The menu offers a wide range of all-day dining from avocado on sourdough to Sunday roasts. If you’re quick and in the local area, they’re offering 50% off your bill during their opening week, offer closes on August 4th.
There are over 30 wines, 20 beers and a vast menu of seasonal cocktails to drink and the owners of No 29 are actively promoting a friendly neighbourhood feel to the place. It is being dubbed as the local area’s “village pub,” after all!
We ordered two Eggs Benedict but one Eggs Royale turned up in place of the second but it really wasn’t a major worry. We gladly accepted as it all tasted so delicious, eggscellent in fact!
No egg is complete without the money ‘yolk’ shot!
THE LOCAL AREA
Circus Village West will see a flurry of new openings but already in business include a hip Danish pizzeria tucked away in the railway arch and Battersea General Store. Having ventured inside, I got sidetracked by the black truffle oils and much to my delight, our favourite rosé from South African wine estate, Delaire Graff. Read about our oyster-fuelled lunch here in my old post Dining at Delaire Graff.
This impressive store stocks all of the modern comforts from around the globe with whisky from Osaka, crispbread from Norway and cereal from the USA. It claims to be just like its community – truly international!
Check out the artistic map provided by Battersea Power Station detailing the names and locations of its new residents.
For reservations at No 29, call them on 0203 857 9872 or visit their website at www.no29powerstationwest.co.uk/