Autumn’s Hottest Visit: Battersea Power Station Set To Open With A Bang

By Lottie Woodrow | 26th September 2022

Battersea Power Station’s regeneration has been slowly ticking away for the past few years, with restaurants, bars, boutique salons and even a new tube stop opening up to connect the neighbourhood destination with the rest of the city. It’s a buzzy hub that we’ve all grown to love exploring, and it’s set to expand even further on Friday 14th October when the Grade II* listed building will open its doors to the public for the first time in history with an exciting line-up of shopping and dining destinations.

A brand new pedestrianised high street, Electric Boulevard, running from the south of the Power Station, between Frank Gehry’s Prospect Place and Foster + Partners’ Battersea Roof Gardens to the new Battersea Power Station Zone 1 Underground station, will be opening on the same day too. 

Set to be London’s hottest new retail and leisure destination, over 100 shops, bars, restaurants, office space and entertainment venues will be opening up at Battersea Power Station. The building’s retail offering will be housed in the Power Station’s two newly restored, historic Turbine Halls. Despite being nearly identical on the exterior, inside each have been designed uniquely. Turbine Hall A’s interiors are inspired by Art Deco glamour from the 1930s when the Power Station was built, while Turbine Hall B, completed in the 1950s, has a more industrial finish.

Read on to find out what you can expect.

Battersea Power Station

Shopping experiences to look forward to

Those already on the hunt for Christmas presents can rest easy knowing Battersea Power Station will be the new go-to hub for shopping. Huge brand names will be opening up across all areas. Expect fashion names including Abercombie & Fitch, Levi’s, Mango, Reformation, Reiss, Ralph Lauren, Uniqlo and ZARA, as well as beauty, fragrance and skincare heroes like Aēsop, Le Labo, Rituals, Space NK, MAC, Kiehl’s and The Body Shop.  

For the book lovers, a new neighbourhood bookstore from Stanfords will be arriving. Named Battersea Bookshop, the store will offer an exciting array of genres, from art and architecture to children’s favourites. 

They are also announcing a new creative pop-up. Curated Makers will host more than 40 local independent small businesses selling homeware, candles, clothing, artwork and more will also be opening within the Power Station.

Further big brand names are set to be released soon. Find the full line-up so far here.

Food & drink destinations to book

The restaurant and bar scene at Battersea Power Station was already impressive but it’s set to soar thanks to the opening of so many fantastic eateries this October and beyond. 

Joining the likes of Wright Brothers, Megan’s, Roti King and Tapas Brindisa will be gourmet kebab specialists, Le Bab; brunch maestros, Where The Pancakes Are; and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar. 

Bringing a slice of the Californian lifestyle is Poke House who’ll be serving up healthy poke bowls perfect for lunch, while over at Clean Kitchen Club you’ll find a delicious all-day plant-based menu.

Control Room B

For those looking for a new drinking destination, Control Room B is set to be the hottest new all-day cocktail bar for date nights, catch-ups and lively get-togethers. Brought to us from Inception Group, the team behind Mr Fogg’s and Cahoots, the bar will be housed inside one of the Grade II* listed Power Station’s original control rooms.

The building’s history will be celebrated, with original features and controls restored to their former glory. You’ll be able to get up close to the Control Room B’s historic dials and controls, which helped distribute a fifth of London’s electricity when the Power Station was in operation. 

Open all day, the new Control Room B bar will be open from 10am serving up coffee, tea and pastries. The staff will be dressed in utilitarian boiler suits to nod to the Power Station’s employees back in the 1950s, and will all be ready to shake up innovative cocktails that the Inception Group are renowned for. Each cocktail will be influenced by the surroundings and the 1950s Control Room. 

Explore the full food and drink line-up here

Immersive experiences you won’t want to miss

LIFT 109

Have your very own Wonka great glass elevator moment with Battersea Power Station’s new immersive chimney lift experience. 

Named Lift 109, taking the title from its 109 metre height, the experience will see you guided through an enchanting exhibition space housed inside the Power Station’s Art Deco Turbine Hall. The space will nod to the Station’s rich history, spanning its architectural significance and presence in popular culture. 

You’ll feel like Willy Wonka as you enter the glass elevator where you’ll whizz up the  new viewing point. A really exciting new opportunity, expect to be greeted with 360-degree panoramic views over London in this special bird’s eye view seat. 

Sign up for pre-sale tickets here

Battersea Power Station is also set to open up a brand new cinema. Named The Cinema in The Power Station, it will play host to a private members club, exclusive members bar, premium seating and showing the latest blockbusters in their state-of-the-art screens. Expect a five-star cinematic experience you can’t beat.

An exciting hotel opening

London’s hotel scene just got even better. Boasting 164 bedrooms, four restaurants and bars, rooftop pool and public art gallery,  art’otel London Battersea Power Station is a brand new hotel set to open later this year that’s set to impress. 

Clue’s in the name but the hotel is driven by art, with interiors and signature artworks created by award-winning designer Jamie Hayon. Expect colourful walls, vibrant art and breathtaking views of the Power Station and London. 

Art’otel London
Art’otel London

On the food front, you can look forward to a brand new Iberian restaurant and bar from celebrated Portuguese chef, Henrique Sá Pessoa. JOIA will be made up of three distinct spaces – a 15th floor restaurant; a bar on the 14th floor; and a rooftop bar with infinity pool, overlooking Battersea Power Station. 

With Sá Pessoa owning the two Michelin-starred Alma and tapas spot Tapisco in Lisbon, as well as being the executive chef at ARCA restaurant (located in art’otel Amsterdam), JOIA is hugely exciting. Expect techniques and flavours travelling from Catalonia and Portugal, with dishes such as grilled carabineiro, creamy orzo bisque, tomato, coriander; and salted cod crudo, pickled onions, tomatoes and olive oil caviar. 

Plus, just look at the pool – who wouldn’t want to take a dip with these views? 

Find out more here

2023 openings to get excited about…

Arcade Food Hall at Battersea Power Station

As if that wasn’t enough, JKS Restaurants announced earlier this year that they’d be opening up a second Arcade Food Hall at Battersea Power Station in 2023. The new 24,000 square foot space will feature a great line-up of eateries.

There’ll be three standalone restaurants, including BAO. The award-winning Taiwanese restaurant will be bringing its signature dishes along for the ride. Expect fluffy bao buns, moreish xiao chi snacks and sharing plates. Plus, a Thai restaurant is yet to be announced.

Expect fluffy bao buns, moreish xiao chi snacks and sharing plates.

Luxury health club, Third Space, will also be opening up a new site at Battersea Power Station in 2023, offering the perfect opportunity to work out in a relaxed, luxury setting. 

Circus West Village & its offerings

From restaurants and bars to mini golf, cinema screenings to theatre performances, Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village has it all and more. 

Spend the day here exploring all of its current offerings, from creamy lattes from Black Sheep Coffee to working up a sweat at Boom Cycle and grabbing the perfect bunch of flowers from Moyses Stevens.

There are plenty of delicious lunch and dinner options, including all-day dining spot No.29 Power Station West; Japanese favourite, Tonkotsu; and wine specialists, Vagabond. Finish the night off with a competitive game of putting at Birdies or watch the latest blockbuster on the big screen at boutique movie theatre, The Cinema in the Arches.

We can’t wait to head down on Friday 14th October to visit all the amazing new openings and the destination’s ‘Festival of Power’, a five day celebration featuring pop-up food trucks, live entertainment and a show-stopping light show from Arcadia’s ‘Lords of Lightning’. Find out more.

The iconic Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station opens on Friday 14th October 2022

Created in partnership with Battersea Power Station 

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