Battersea was a major town and railway centre during the Industrial Revolution and by the end of the 19th century, it had seen its population grow so much that its farmland was built over in favour of much-needed housing. It was at this time that the area welcomed the building of Queen Anne style houses and mansion blocks. Modern riverside developments are also plentiful, having been prompted by Second World War bomb damage to a significant part of the area.
Glorious Battersea Park is the jewel in Battersea's crown, around which handsome mansion blocks and Victorian terraced houses surround, making the area hugely desirable to both families and young professionals.
Particularly popular is the region around Northcote Road, where a wealth of independent and chain shops and restaurants are located.
Battersea's proximity to Chelsea also makes it an appealing area to live, the King's Road being just a few minutes' walk over Chelsea Bridge.
Honeywell and Belleville state primary schools are both a major draw for families to Battersea. Thomas's (featured) and Newton Prep are good independent schools.
There's no shortage of good restaurants in the area. Gazette Brasserie, Soif, The River Quarter Kitchen and The Butcher & Grill (featured) are just a few to name. There are also some good neighbourhood places to eat around the charming Battersea Square.
There are a number of bars around the area. The Lost Angel (featured) is a renowned cocktail bar which recently opened a steakhouse on its premises. Bunga Bunga is an Italian-themed pizzeria/bar open late.
Battersea Park (featured) is unrivalled in its ability to cater for everyone. It has a range of sporting facilities, an art gallery, a playground and even a zoo.