Launch of a new MBNA Thames Clippers service to Battersea Power Station Pier
We have some big river-related news for you. MBNA Thames Clippers are now calling at a brand new pier at Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village, the first phase of the redevelopment project.
MBNA Thames Clippers are the quickest way to travel along our great river, serving 22 piers across London, from Putney in the west to Woolwich in the east. (Quick tip: you can touch in and out with Oyster or contactless to pay as you go, as you do on the tube).
And now you can board one of their 17 catamarans and alight at Battersea Power Station, undoubtedly one of the most iconic sights in London; a gigantic building that for decades was the coal-powered beating heart of the capital. Since making way for more modern energy forms in 1983, there has been a near continuous debate about how to use one of the largest and recognisable brick buildings in Europe.
Well, the talking is over, and Battersea Power Station and its surrounds have been reborn as London’s hottest new neighbourhood. Housing, shops, restaurants, events spaces, bars and offices all combine to re-pin this river destination on the map. And all this just 15 minutes away from central London by river with MBNA Thames Clippers.
Below, we’ve picked some of our favourite eating & drinking destinations in the area. So we recommend jumping on one of the MBNA Thames Clippers from your nearest pier and arriving in Battersea in style. After all, why should the tourists have all the fun?
Best for… stocking up on treats
The General Store
The General Store is a grocery shop with a difference. Stocked full of hand picked, speciality products, this is a place to immerse yourself in the experience of shopping for food, picking up an organically produced cheese, a blushing peach or a handmade baguette for dinner (we’ll take all three).
Forget the local corner shop, the groceries here are a cut above a sweaty pasty and a packet of crisps, with loads of artisan ingredients in stock including smoked salmon; cured and cooked meats; cheeses; pies and quiches. We’re seeing a luxurious riverside picnic in our future…
The General Store, 9–10 Circus Road West, Circus West Village, SW11 8EZ
Best for… world-class pizza
This Copenhagen-born pizza restaurant has opened its first branch in the UK at Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village. Most of their toppings are sourced from Italy, and their sourdough bases are made in the Neapolitan style which means lots of black ‘leopard spots’ covering the light, puffy, perfectly blistered dough.
We love the creamy burrata pizza or a classic Margherita, as its simplicity really shows off the quality of the ingredients. Order one of their own-brew beers to sup alongside.
A big thing here is that the bases are made with seawater, something they claim makes them much lighter. That means we can eat two, right?
Mother, 2 Arches Lane, Circus West Village, SW11 8AB
Best for… a drink or a bite to eat, at any time of day
No. 29 Power Station West
Run by independent bar group Darwin and Wallace, this is Battersea Power Station’s new neighbourhood pub. There are over 30 wines and 20 craft, draught and bottled beers in stock, and a list of cocktails featuring seasonal ingredients including a Watermelon Sour and Passionfruit Caipirinha.
Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, this is the place to grab everything from a plate of avocado, lime and chilli on sourdough, to a full Sunday roast.
We love the interior here, too, which is full of nods to the Power Station’s industrial past, combined with art-deco styling.
No. 29 Power Station West, 29 Circus West, Battersea Power Station, SW8 4NN
Best for… coffee (or something stronger)
The Coffee Works Project
This independent, family-run coffee business has established itself as one of London’s top coffee houses, and soon they will have a branch in Circus West Village.
They brew single origin beans (with more than six on offer) and travel the world regularly in search of the best new products. Even better, they trade directly with coffee farmers, making sure they each get a fair price for their crops.
If coffee’s not your thing, don’t worry; they also carefully select tea blends, and offer a range of craft beers and wines for those who like their refreshment with a little more alcohol.
The Coffee Works Project, forthcoming at Circus West, Battersea Power Station, SW8 4NN
The new neighbourhood emerging at Battersea Power Station is already an eating & drinking destination, with the presence of some quality, independent operators a good omen for things to come. Battersea used to be a tricky place to get to. Not any more. Jump on one of the MBNA Thames Clippers and enjoy some great food & drink in the shadows of our favourite riverside brick behemoth.
MBNA Thames Clippers Fact Box
- The fastest and most frequent fleet on the river
- Embankment Pier within 15 minutes from Battersea Power Station Pier
- Blackfriars Pier within 20 minutes from Battersea Power Station Pier
- Canary Wharf Pier within 40 minutes from Battersea Power Station Pier
- 20 minute frequency from Battersea Power Station Pier mornings and evenings
- 30 minute frequency from Battersea Power Station Pier during the day and at weekends
- Save up to 70% with an annual season ticket, from just £2 a journey
- Enjoy a drink at the licensed coffee bars on board
- Take in the view from the climate controlled cabins or outdoor back deck
Visit the MBNA Thames Clippers website for more details.
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